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About Me

I take pride in my problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills, and in my flexibility to address different industrial needs as part of multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams. 

I am currently a Research Scientist at the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles (GIRS-UCLA), where I manage and conduct research projects on complex systems modeling, risk assessment, and human reliability.

Before my current position, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, where I worked at the Marine Technology Risk, Safety and Asset Management Group and focused on autonomous vessels risk assessment and human-system interaction modeling. 

I hold a Ph.D. (2017') in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil. I developed my Ph.D. research at the Center for Risk Analysis, Reliability Engineering and Environmental Modeling (CEERMA), where I conducted research on Human Reliabilty Analysis for the Oil and Gas industry and was a Risk Analyst on Quantitative Risk Analysis projects for large Oil Refineries.

In addition to leading and working on research projects,

  • I am the Research Coordinator of the research unit on Safety and Reliability of Autonomous Systems (SARAS)  at GIRS-UCLA,

  • I co-founded and organize the International Workshop on Autonomous Systems Safety (IWASS), which is headed to its fourth edition in 2023,

  • I am regularly a member of technical committees of large conferences, such as the Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference PSAM,

  • I supervise the development of software related to human reliability at GIRS-UCLA. In this role, I design software speciations, manage a software developer team, and ensure that the final product meets customers' expectations,

  • I have been an invited member of multiple M.Sc. and  B.Sc. dissertation defense committees,

  • I hold international collaborations with researchers of the University of São Paulo (USP), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and SINTEF-Norway,

  • I teach a Master's Course on Human Reliability Analysis at UCLA,

  • I am a Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of large research projects at GIRS-UCLA,

  • I actively engage in volunteering opportunities related to animal rights and LGBTQ+ rights,

  • I volunteer at the West Hollywood Bike Coalition, which promotes bike-oriented advocacy, education, and projects.

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