Fernando A.C.C. Fontes

Current Position:


Professional Experience:

Fernando Fontes joined the Department of Mathematics of University of Minho as a teaching assistant in 1995. He taught in the Department of Operational Research at LSE - The London School of Economics during 1996-97. In 1998-99, he was a Research Assistant in the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London.

In 2000, he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of University of Minho, Portugal. From 2003 to 2009 he was Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics for Science and Technology, University of Minho.

In that period, he was a member of the Officina Mathematica research centre where he led the Optimization and Control Theory group (2003-06), he served as Director of the first degree in Applied Mathematics (2003-05) and was the Head of the Department during 2006-2007.

In 2009, he moved to the present position in Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. He has been teaching in the areas of Automation and Robotics, Mathematics, Signal Processing, and Systems and Control.

In SYSTEC-ISR, he is the coordinator of the SYSTEC-CONTROL Thematic Line.

Scientific Activity:

Fernando Fontes research interests are in the areas of control and optimization, having a specific interest in nonlinear and constrained problems, optimal control, and model predictive control.

His main scientific contributions are in model predictive control (including stability and robustness conditions for nonlinear systems), in optimal control (including stronger forms of optimality conditions in the form of a maximum principle) and in nonlinear optimization methods (including dynamic programming based and other global optimization algorithms).

Lately, he has been interested specially in applications to robotics and to energy.

He has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal articles or book chapters and more than 100 conference communications. He has supervised 6 doctoral theses. He participates or has participated in 10 research projects funded by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) or the European Commission, being the coordinator in three of them. He was a member of the scientific committee and invited sessions organizer in various scientific conferences. He has been frequent reviewer of publications submitted to the main journals in his field, as well as evaluator of research projects. He has participated in the organizing committees of five international scientific congresses (one as chairman).

Publications list and research profiles:

My List

Google scholar: http://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=gqq6sAkAAAAJ&pagesize=100

ISI ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-5172-2008

Scopus: http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=6602095957

ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fernando_Fontes/

Authenticus: http://authenticus.up.pt/en/profileOfResearchers/publicationsList/5029

Selected publications (most cited, most recent, …):

Selected 5 on Optimal Control

Selected 5 on Model Predictive Control

Selected 5 on Nonlinear/Global Optimization Methods

Recent Talks:

Keyword map (from authenticus.up.pt)

 model predictive control decision support systems ant colony optimization discontinuous trajectories lipschitz continuity feedback local search nonlinear systems  pure constraints continuity optimal controls degeneracy phenomenon facility location unit comitment genetic algorithms tv self promotion assignment agent formations network flow omnidirectional mobile robots receding horizon nonsmooth analysis euler lagrange inclusion maximum control preditive vehicles genetic algorithm unit commitment  mutations cheduling optimal control stability analysis stabilizing design parameters location problem electrical power generation hybrid discontinuous feedbacks numerical methods dynamic programming formation geometry multidimensional knapsack formation control framework optimality bolza maximum principle measure driven differential equations systems hybrid systems autonomous agents nondegenerate calculus of variations heuristics constraint qualifications multi objective optimization robust synthesis predictive control nonholonomic systems calculus variations time grid refinement asymptotic controllability receding horizon control combinatorial optimization automated highway systems dynamic programming approach layout pareto optimal curves nonlinear model predictive controller nonlinear programming and irrigation normality impulsive control mobile robots system bound algorithm mixed control constraints conditions optimality lagrange multipliers nonlinear optimization concave costs facility optimization algorithms smooth analysis bolza problems charge transportation constrained nonlinear systems stabilization optimization discontinuous feedback formation switching state constraints degeneracy mathematical modeling and irrigation optimality conditions conditions formation reorganization fixed charge stability broadcast television collision avoidance constraints nonlinear stability analysis regularity

Citations Map: (displays geographic locations for publications that have cited this researcher. From ISI ResearcherID)

Collegues from Brasil: I’m missing a citation from South America :-)

PhD Students

Research Projects (recent and ongoing)


Location: I202 @FEUP

URL: systec.fe.up.pt/lscoe

Fb: facebook.com/lab.i202


I've been teaching in the areas of Automation and Robotics, Mathematics, Signal Processing, and Systems and Control.

Session 2013/14

Linear Algebra (MIEEC- Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Signals and Systems (MIEEC)

Digital Control (MIEEC)

Measure Theory and Stochastic Processes (PDEEC- PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Session 2014/15

Signals and Systems (MIEEC- Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Digital Control (MIEEC)

Measure Theory and Stochastic Processes (PDEEC- PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering)