10/2007 - 10/2010: Researcher (PhD Cand.), Microsoft Research - INRIA Joint Centre, Orsay, France
04/2007 - 10/2007: Researcher (Intern), INRIA Sophia Antipolis, Sophia-Antipolis, France
(Not So) Short Research Bio
My name is Álvaro Roberto Silvestre Fialho (or simply Álvaro Fialho), and I was born on 1982 in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil.
In December 2004, I graduated in Computer Engineering from Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco (UCDB), receiving the "Best Student Award" of the UCDB's Computer Engineering course 2000-2004. There, I had the opportunity to work in the GPEC team with computer vision projects.
In March 2005, I obtained a 2-year scholarship from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) to do my Master. In April 2007, I received my M.Sc. degree from the Department of Computer and Digital Systems Engineering (PCS) of the Escola Politecnica (POLI) of Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP). During this period, I worked with hybrid evolutionary/fuzzy systems applied to the control of (simulated) robots within the KNOMA team.
Between April and October 2007, I took part in a research internship at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), in Sophia-Antipolis, France, applying evolutionary algorithms to telecommunication problems within the MAESTRO team.
From October 2007 to December 2010, I was a Ph.D. candidate at Université Paris-Sud XI in Orsay, France, working at the Microsoft Research-INRIA Joint Centre, under the scientific supervision of Marc Schoenauer and Michele Sebag, co-heads of the TAO team. I worked on a project entitled “Adaptive Combinatorial Search for e-Sciences”, more precisely with the automatic parameter tuning of Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs). During my Ph.D., we developed methods to automatically select which variation operator or strategy should be applied by the EA at each instant of the search/optimization process, i.e., learning on-the-fly while solving the problem; this paradigm is referred to as Adaptive Operator Selection. I defended my Ph.D. thesis on December 22nd, 2010. The jury was composed by: Gusz Eiben, Youssef Hamadi, Yannis Manoussakis, Marc Schoenauer, Michele Sebag, Thomas Stuetzle, and Dirk Thierens.
From August 2011 to March 2012, I worked as a Researcher at the Nokia Institute of Technology, in Manaus, Brazil. More specifically, during this short period, I contributed to two projects within the Network Technologies (NT) group: one related to indoor geolocation, and the other in the context of 4G telecommunication networks.