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    Personal information
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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:18-07-2011
     Last Modified:22-01-2014 (12:13)
    Job information
     Current job:Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsEarth Observation; GIS; Team spirit; Proactive; Leadership; Organization; Optimistic; C; Java; Python; MATLAB; PL/SQL; Data mining; R&D.
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    Personal information

     

    Nationality

    Portuguese

    Date of birth

    30/11/1973

    Gender

    Male

     

     

    Work experience

     

     

     

    Dates

    04/2009 - present day

    Occupation or position held

    Software Engineer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    AOSD (Automatic Oil Spill Detector):

    Technical manager of the R&D project, supported by the European Commission, based on “Multi sensor satellite technology for oil pollution monitoring and source identification”.

    Research of oil spill detection techniques to improve the detection probability, using SAR images of different resolutions; design and development of modules, in Java, using machine learning algorithms; integration in NEST toolbox and documentation.

     

    SAT-AIS (Satellite-Automatic Identification System):

    Project technical manager, where the scope was to perform a study on worldwide AIS, carrying out a detailed architecture and mission design for a Satellite based AIS, i.e. AIS transmissions from vessels equipped with regular AIS transponders to satellites, and from there to Ground Stations. The study also covers business models as well as cost assessments.

    System requirements identification, following user interviews; scenario development and simulation tools with AGI STK and MATLAB, using machine learning algorithms; company representative before the consortium and documentation.

     

    LRIT-IDE (Long Range Identification and Tracking-International Data Exchange):

    Software developer in the system used for the global identification and tracking of ships. This is a message handling service that eases the exchange of LRIT information between Data Centres to enable LRIT Data Users to obtain LRIT information that they are entitled to receive.

    Definition of test strategy; Linux shell scripting implementation; deployment and execution of the functional, load and stress test activities.

     

    CSN (Clean Sea Net) II:

    Software developer and operator in the satellite based monitoring system, maintained by EMSA, for marine oil spill detection and surveillance in European waters. It provides a range of detailed information including oil spill alerts to Member States, rapid delivery of available satellite images and oil slicks position.

    N1 (Native 1) conversion to high-resolution GeoTiffs:

    Development of a converter to create formatted images to be ingested by the operational service; implemented in Python using GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library).

    Vessel Detection QGIS (Quantum-GIS) Plug-in:

    Design and development, in Python, of a tool that enables the manual image identification of SAR vessel targets.

    Automatic Oil Spill Detector Software:

    Design and development of a SAR oil spill detector, implemented in Python using GDAL; the software ingests GeoTiff image products to produce an output with the identified and classified spills.

    Service Operator:

    Analysis of satellite images, acquired in NRT (Near Real Time) and operation in all chain of service.

     

    CECIS (Common Emergency Communication and Information System) II:

    Software developer in the system used to ease the communication between the Monitoring Information Centre and National Authorities of all European member states responsible for Civil Protection and Marine Pollution, in order to improve the capabilities of these organizations to deal with the different phases of emergencies.

    Removal of IFS (Internet File System) dependencies:

    Design and implementation of a Java and PL/SQL solution, to remove database IFS dependencies, maintaining the operations coherence and file management used in the application domain.

    SMS broadcasting:

    Design and implementation of a Java Web Service solution, responsible to broadcast SMS messages to the specified phone numbers.

     

    MARISS (MARitime Security Service):

    Software developer and operator in the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) project, supported by ESA, concerning the illegal marine trafficking, and provider to the Portuguese Users NRT SAR vessel detection and classification products by integrating EO (Earth Observation) with non EO systems data like AIS, VTS (Vessel Traffic Service), VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and LRIT.

    Vessel Detector:

    Development of a SAR vessel detector, implemented in MATLAB; the software ingests the ERS-2 PRI (Precision Image), Envisat IM (Image Mode) and WS (Wide Swath) and Radarsat-1 SCN (ScanSAR Narrow), FIN (Fine), STD (Standard) products, to produce an output with the identified and classified vessel targets.

    Service Operator:

    Analysis of satellite images, acquired in NRT and operation in all chain of service.

     

    ERS-2 SAR Processor:

    Software developer of the SAR processor for the ERS-2 satellite produces Level-1B imagery and its operational goal is to be installed in Santa Maria satellite ground station (Azores).

    Design and Development, in C, of a SAR processor of ERS-2 data for the generation of SLC (Single Look Complex) and PRI images from raw data using the Range Doppler algorithm.

    Name and address of employer

    EDISOFT S.A. Paço de Arcos, Portugal

    Type of business or sector

    Information Technologies (Space, Defence, GIS)

     

     

    Dates

    10/2000 - 02/2007

    Occupation or position held

    Contact Centre Coordinator

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Contact Centre Coordination:

    Coordinator of the technical and general contact centre, outbound and quality departments.

    Name and address of employer

    Sonastel – CPSO Consultadoria e Prestação de Serviços em Outsourcing, S.A..

    Lisboa, Portugal

    Type of business or sector

    Customer Care (Human Resources, Services, Consultancy)

     

     

    Dates

    06/2000 - 10/2000

    Occupation or position held

    Contact Centre Supervisor

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Contact Centre Supervising:

    Supervisor of the outbound department.

     

    Contact Centre Operation:

    Operator in the outbound department; back office and customer care.

    Name and address of employer

    Select R.H.

    Lisboa, Portugal

    Type of business or sector

    Human Resources

     

     

    Dates

    03/1998 - 09/1998

    Occupation or position held

    Audio and Multimedia Operator

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Operations:

    Multimedia operator in the maintenance of IVR (Interactive Voice Response) processing machines and audio recording.

     

    Name and address of employer

    Audiomédia – Sistemas de Tecnologia da Informação S.A.

    Lisboa, Portugal

    Type of business or sector

    Multimedia (Production and Services)

     

     

    Education and training

     

     

     

    Dates

    2011

    Title of qualification awarded

    Professional Course (SARscape software Training Course)

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    EDISOFT S.A. (EDISOFT S.A.)

    Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

    Signal processing, SAR processing, SAR conventional interferometry, high resolution DEM generation with PS and SBAS processing with SARscape software

     

     

    Dates

    2010

    Title of qualification awarded

    Professional Course (Software Engineering)

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    EDISOFT S.A. (EDISOFT S.A.)

    Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

    Project planning; Risk management; Quality objectives; Requirements analysis; Development; Verification and validation; Measurement and analysis; CMMI.

     

     

    Dates

    2009

    Title of qualification awarded

    Computer Engineering

    Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

    Software Engineering (Requirements Analysis, Software Design, Software Programming and Software Testing), Database Management, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics, Computer Network, Remote Sensing and other themes from the Engineering main branch.

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia / Universidade Nova de Lisboa

    Level in national or international classification

    Final grade 14/20.

     

     

    Personal skills and competences

     

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Portuguese

    Other language(s)

    English, Spanish (basic)

     

     

    Social skills and competences

    Team spirit, affable and good-listener: testified while working in teams within company projects and in an international context;

    Innovative, proactive and optimistic: established while seeking solutions in research projects;

    Responsible.

     

     

    Organisational skills and competences

    Leadership: gained through professional experience while leading and managing teams;

    Sense of organization.

     

     

    Technical skills and competences

    GIS:

    NEST - User-friendly open source toolbox for reading, post-processing, analysing and visualising data from ESA SAR missions and handling products from third party missions.

     

    ENVI (Environment for Visualizing Images) - User-friendly interface for processing and analyzing geospatial imagery.

     

    SARscape – User-friendly interface for SAR processing and SAR interferometric processing.

     

    QGIS - User-friendly open source geographic information system.

     

    GDAL - Translator library for raster and vectorial geospatial data formats.

     

    Data Mining:

    WEKA (Waikato Environment for Knowledge Analysis) – Collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks.

     

    LibSVM – A machine learning library for Support Vector Machines.

     

    Quality:

    Processes implementation, assurance, control and auditing.

     

     

    Computer skills and competences

    Operative systems: MS-DOS, MS-Windows and Linux.

     

    Programming languages: Java; C; C++; Assembly; Prolog; OCaml; Oracle; PL/SQL; MySql; MATLAB; Python, XML, GML.

     

    System Analysis and Design: UML (Enterprise Architect, Objecteering and Smart Draw).

     

     

    Other skills and competences

    Animal Rights; Computer games developing; Entrepreneurship; Cooking; Snowboard; Tennis.

     

     

    Driving licence(s)

    B

     

     

    Additional information

     

    Publications

    A. Radius, R.Azevedo, T.Sapage, P.Carmo, “Advanced Oil Spill Detection Algorithms for Satellite based Maritime Environment Monitoring", European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium, Edinburgh, 09-13 September 2013

     

     


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