André Bianchi Figueiredo was born on 18 April 1971 in Porto, Portugal. He earned degrees in electrical engineering from Instituto Politécnico do Porto and Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. André is currently a PhD student at FEUP – Universidade do Porto and has worked as a scientific researcher at INESC TEC since 2009. He is focused on the improvement of the relative navigation capabilities of autonomous marine vehicles by the development of a tracking system based on artificial vision.
Before the scientific research activity, André was co-founder and CEO of OMNITA, S.A., a portuguese company which develops autonomous systems for remote monitoring and observation. André also worked in the chemicals industry for 8 years developing automated manufacturing processes.