Short Bio:

I'm an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico and a Senior Researcher at INESC-ID, working with the Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters Group.

Prior to my current appointments at IST and INESC-ID, I was a short-term researcher at the Robotic Vision Lab (ISR Lisbon), and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University, working with Prof. Manuela Veloso.

I completed my PhD on Electrical and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico under the supervision of Prof. M. Isabel Ribeiro.

I am interested in the application of machine learning in the development of general intelligent autonomous agents capable of interacting with complex, possibly unknown environments. Concretely, my primary research interests are in general reinforcement learning both in single and multiagent systems and in the applications of this framework to real world problems, including robotic and sensor network applications. I am also particularly interested in developing computational models that may contribute to a better understanding of learning in biological systems.

You can find my Curriculum Vitae here.

Recent news:

22.10.2012 Our position paper on the use of decentralized decision-making techniques for balance control of smart-grids is now available for download in the Publications page.


The design of this page was shamelessly inspired in the personal webpage of Christopher M. Bishop.

Francisco S. Melo

Assistant Professor at IST

Senior Researcher at INESC-ID

TagusPark, IST building
Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva
2780-990 Porto Salvo

fmelo (at) inesc-id (dot) pt

Tel: +351 210 407 002

Fax: +351 214 233 290