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Postdoctoral Fellow
California Institute of Technology &
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: tvaquero (at) caltech.edu  or  tvaquero (at) mit.edu


.: Education

  • 2015 - current. Postdoctoral Fellow. California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States.
  • 2011 - 2014. Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 - 2011. PhD in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. 
  • 2009 - 2010. International visiting student in the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007. MSc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2004. B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering. University of São Paulo, Brazil.

.: Research Interests
  • Artificial Intelligence Planning & Scheduling 
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Knowledge Engineering and Modelling
  • Space Exploration

.: Projects

  • Resilient Spacecraft Executive Architecture
  • Automated Planning and Scheduling Multi-Robot Activities for Single and Multi-Person HRI
  • Autonomous Telepresence Robots.
  • itSIMPLE project. A Knowledge Engineering Environment for Designing AI Planning Domains. Download the tool here.
  • eDocuments – a desktop application for document imaging and management.
  • eCampeonatos. A web tool for sport competition management.

.: Thesis

  • 2011 PhD thesis. "Post-Design Analysis for AI Planning Applications" 
  • 2007 Master's thesis. "itSIMPLE: integrated environment for modeling and analysis of automated planning domains."

.: Conference and Workshop Organization
  • Co-chair, Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling workshop (KEPS) at the 24th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS'14), Portsmouth, NH, USA, 2014.
  • Co-organizer, 22nd International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS’12), to take place in São Paulo, Brazil, 2012.
  • Co-organizer, 4th International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning & Scheduling (ICKEPS'12), to take place in ICAPS’12, São Paulo, Brazil, June 2012.
  • Workshop co-chair, 22nd International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS’12) to take place in São Paulo, Brazil, 2012.
  • Co-chair, Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling workshop (KEPS) at the 21st International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS'11), Freiburg, Germany, 2011.
  • Co-chair, Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling workshop (KEPS) at the 20th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS'10), Toronto, Canada, 2010.

.: Publications

2015

  • Vallati, M.; Vaquero, T. 2015. "Towards a Unified Protocol for Benchmark Selection in IPC," The International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2014) Workshop on International Planning Competition (IPC), Jerusalem, Israel.

2014

  • Vaquero, T.; Beck, J.C.; Nejat, G. 2014. "Planning and Scheduling Single and Multi-Person Activities in Retirement Home Settings for a Group of Robots," The International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2014) Workshop on Planning and Robotics pp. 59-68.
  • Louie, W.G.; Li, J.; Vaquero, T.; Nejat, G. 2014. “A Focus Group Study on the Design Considerations and Impressions of a Socially Assistive Robot for Long-Term Care,” IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 2014, In Print.
  • Louie, W.G.; Li, J.; Vaquero, T.; Nejat, G. 2014. "Socially Assistive Robots for Seniors Living in Residential Care Homes: User Requirements and Impressions," Human-Robot Interactions: Principles, Technologies and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp pp.75-108.
  • Louie, W.G.; Vaquero, T.; Nejat, G.; Beck, J. C. 2014. "An Autonomous Assistive Robot for Planning, Scheduling and Facilitating Multi-User Activities," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 5292-5298.
  • Schwenk, M.; Vaquero, T.; Nejat, G.; Arras, K.O. 2014. "Schedule-Based Robotic Search for Multiple Residents in a Retirement Home Environment," The 28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Quebec City, Canada, pp. 2571- 2577.
  • Schwenk, M.; Vaquero, T.; Nejat, G.; Arras, K.O. 2014. "Planning a Robot's Search for Multiple Residents in a Retirement Home Environment," The International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS) Workshop on Planning and Robotics, pp. 136-144.

2013

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R; Beck, J.C. Post-Design Analysis for Building and Refining AI Planning Systems. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 26 (2013) 1967–1979.
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Tonidandel, F.; Beck, J.C. 2013. itSIMPLE: Towards an Integrated Design System for Real Planning Applications. The Knowledge Engineering Review Journal, Vol. 28:2, 215–230. Special issue on International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning & Scheduling (ICKEPS). Cambridge University Press. 2013. DOI: 10.1017/S0269888912000434
  • R. Basbaum, T.S. Vaquero and J.R. Silva. Requirement Analysis Method for Real World in Automated Planning Systems. In: Proceedings of the Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling workshop. The 23th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2013), Rome, Italy. 2013.

2012

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Costa, G.; Tonidandel, F.; Igreja, H.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. Planning and Scheduling Ship Operations on Petroleum Ports and Platforms. In: Proceedings of the ICAPS 2012 Workshop on Scheduling and Planning Applications (SPARK), p 8-16. Atibaia, São Paulo, Brazil. 2012. (Online proceedings)
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Tonaco, R.; Costa, G.; Tonidandel, F.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. itSIMPLE4.0: Enhancing the Modeling Experience of Planning Problems. In: Proceedings of the ICAPS 2012 System Demonstration, p 11-14. Atibaia, São Paulo, Brazil. 2012. (pdf)

2011

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. A Brief Review of Tools and Methods for Knowledge Engineering for Planning & Scheduling. In: Proceedings of the Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (KEPS) workshop. The 21th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2011). Freiburg. Germany. 2011.
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. Acquisition and Reuse of Plan Evaluation Rationales on Post Design. In: Proceedings of the Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (KEPS) workshop. The 21th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2011). Freiburg. Germany. 2011.
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. A Conceptual Framework for Post-Design Analysis in AI Planning Applications. In: Proceedings of the Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (KEPS) workshop. The 21th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2011). Freiburg. Germany. 2011.

2010

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. Improving Planning Performance Through Post-Design Analysis. In: Proceedings of the Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling workshop. The 20th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2010), Toronto. Canada. 2010.
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Beck, J.C. Analyzing Plans and Planners in itSIMPLE3.1. In: Proceedings of the Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling workshop. The 20th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2010). Toronto. Canada. 2010.

2009

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Tonidandel, F.; Ferreira, M.; Beck, J.C.  From Requirements and Analysis to PDDL in itSIMPLE3.0. In: The 3rd The International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICKEPS'09). In the 19th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2009), Thessaloniki. Greece. 2009.
  • Vaquero, T. S.; Sette, F.; Silva, J. R.; Beck, J.C. Planning and Scheduling of Crude Oil Distribution in a Petroleum Plant. In: ICAPS'09 Workshop on Scheduling and Planning Applications (SPARK). Thessaloniki. Greece. 2009.

2008

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Tonidandel, F.; Silva, J.R. Suggestions for the Knowledge Engineering Competition. In: ICAPS-08 Workshop on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (KEPS). Sydney, Australia. 2008.
  • Gomes, M.L.; Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Tonidandel, F. Extracting State Constraints from UML Planning Models. In: ICAPS-08 Workshop on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (KEPS). Sydney, Australia. 2008.
  • Udo, M.; Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Tonidandel, F. Lean Software Development Domain. In: ICAPS-08 Workshop on Scheduling and Planning Applications (SPARK). Sydney, Australia. 2008.
  • Sette, F. ; Vaquero, T.S; Park S.W.; Silva, J.R.  Are Automated Planners up to Solve Real Problems?. In: The 17th IFAC World Congress (IFAC 2008), 2008, Seoul, Korea.

2007

  • Vaquero, T.S.; Romero, V.; Sette, F.; Tonidandel, F.; Silva, J.R.  itSIMPLE2.0 : An Integrated Tool for Designing Planning Domains. In: ICAPS 2007 - International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, 2007, Providence, Rhode Island. ICKEPS 2005 Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling. Menlo Park, California, USA, 2007.
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Tonidandel, F.; Barros, L.N. ; Silva, J.R. Modeling a Real Application as a Planning Problem by using UML.P. In: VIII SBAI - Simpósio Brasileiro de Automação Inteligente, 2007, Florianópolis, Brazil, 2007. Full Paper.
  • Romero, V.; Vaquero, T.S.; Tonidandel, F.; Silva, J.R. Analysis and Management of Plans provided by Automated Planning Systems. In: VIII SBAI - Simpósio Brasileiro de Automação Inteligente, 2007, Florianópolis, Brazil, 2007.
  • Gomes, M.L.; Udo, M.; Vaquero, T.S.; Silva, J.R.; Tonidandel, F. Obtaining States Invariants From Class Diagram in UML.P. In: VIII SBAI - Simpósio Brasileiro de Automação Inteligente, 2007, Florianópolis, Brazil, 2007..
  • Vaquero, T.S.; Sette, F.; Santos, E.A.; Silva, J.R. Integrated Tools Environment for Modeling and Analysis of Automated Planning Systems. In: COBEM07 - the 19th Congress of Mechanical Engineering, 2007, Brasilia, Brazil. 19th Congress of Mechanical Engineering - COBEM, 2007.

2006

  • Vaquero, T.S., Tonidandel, F., Barros, L.N., and Silva, J.R. On the use of UML.P for modeling a real planning problem . In Proceeding of 16th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). Cumbria, UK. 2006.
  • Tonidandel, F., Vaquero, T.S., and Silva, J.R. Reading PDDL, Writing an Object-Oriented Model. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science. International Joint Conference on AI IBERAMIA/SBIA. Springer-Verlag. 2006.

2005

  • Vaquero, T.S., Tonidandel, F., and Silva, J.R. The itSIMPLE tool for Modeling Planning Domains. In Proceedings of the First International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for AI Planning and Scheduling (ICKEPS). Monterey, California, USA. 2005.
  • Santos, E., Vaquero, T.S., and Silva, J.R. Specification and Analysis for Automated Flexible Manufacturing. In Proceedings of 18th International Congress of Mechanical Engineering (COBEM), Ouro Preto, MG, Brazil. 2005.


.: Honours and Awards
  • Postdoctoral award, Government of Canada Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship 2011-12, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). 
  • Winner, 3rd International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning & Scheduling (ICKEPS'09) with the itSIMPLE tool. Thessaloniki, Greece, September 2009.
  • Runner-up, IBM Insites Challenge, IBM Connect and Play 2006. São Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 2006.
  • One of the eight best business plans, Intel + UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge, Haas School of Business, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, University of California, Berkeley, USA, October 2006.
  • 1st prize, 1st GV-Intel Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital – Innovation and Technology, FGV-EAESP, São Paulo, Brazil, October 2006.
  • 2nd Runner-up and Best Written Business Plan Award, international business plan competition Moot Corp Latin America 2006, FGV-EAESP, São Paulo, Brazil, March-April 2006.



.: Systems and tools I recommend

I list below some tools and system that I have been using and that I recommend:
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