Currently working on the development of automated methodologies for pattern recognition on images of planetary surfaces. In particular, major effort is currently devoted to the study of Terrestrial analogs for better understanding Martian structures.
Other interests include Photography and Art.
2011: Completed the PhD in the applications of pattern recognition techniques to the study of geomorphological features in planetary images, Technical University of Lisbon (TU Lisbon), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, http://www.ist.utl.pt/).
2005: Completed the MSc in the applications of visual control to robotics, Technical University of Lisbon (TU Lisbon), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, http://www.ist.utl.pt/).
2003: Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon (TU Lisbon), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, http://www.ist.utl.pt/).
October 2012: Short course on Cryopedology, Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território (IGOT, http://www.igot.ul.pt/), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
June 2012: Visiting scientist at United States Geological Survey (USGS, http://www.usgs.gov), Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.
June 2010: Course on "Rifle handling and polar bear protection", The University Centre in Svalbard (http://www.unis.no), Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.
June-July 2010: "Sweni Trail", individual photography exhibition at library Fonte de Letras, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal.
May-June 2010: "Latitudes", collective photography exhibition at restaurant PSI (http://www.restaurante-psi.com), Lisbon, Portugal.
October-December 2009: Visiting scientist at the Lunar & Planetary Institute (LPI, http://www.lpi.usra.edu), Houston, Texas, USA.
October 2009: Workshop "Geological Mapping of Mars", International Research School of Planetary Sciences (IRSPS, http://www.irsps.unich.it/), ASI and USGS, Il Ciocco, Tuscany, Italy.
June-August 2009: Internship at the Lunar & Planetary Institute (LPI, http://www.lpi.usra.edu), Houston, Texas, USA.
June 2009: Workshop "Planetary GIS for Mappers", The Annual Meeting of Planetary Geologic Mappers, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
August 2008: PADI Open Water Diver Course, Topsub, Lisbon, Portugal.
January 2008: Course on "Spatial Data Analysis for Social and Environment Sciences", Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal.
October-November 2006: Internship at the Institute of Planetary Research, German Areospace Center (DLR, http://www.dlr.de/), Berlin, Germany.
January–November 2005: Spanish language course (Castellano), Levels A1/A2/B1, Instituto Espanhol de Línguas (IEL, http://www.institutoespanhol.pt/), Lisbon, Portugal.
March 2005: Workshop "The Changing View of Mars", Institute of Planetary Research, German Areospace Center (DLR, http://www.dlr.de/), Berlin, Germany.
Participation in the organization of conferences
October 2007: Member of the organizing committee of RecPad 2007 - 13ª Conferência Portuguesa de Reconhecimento de Padrões, http://cerena.ist.utl.pt/recpad2007.htm, held in Lisbon, Portugal. This event was sponsored by the Portuguese Association of Pattern Recognition (APRP, http://www.aprp.pt/).
June 2005: Member of the organizing committee of IbPRIA 2005 - 2nd Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis, http://ibpria2005.isr.ist.utl.pt/, held in Estoril, Portugal. This event was sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR, http://www.iapr.org/) and the conference proceedings were published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS, http://www.springer.com/lncs).
Participation in Master Thesis committees
October 2012: Tiago André Simões Coito, Building and Evaluation of a Mosaic of Images using Aerial Photographs, Supervisor: João Rogério Caldas Pinto and Co-Advisor: José Raul Carreira Azinheira, Instituto Superior Técnico.
Prizes and awards
May 2011: Distinguished with an Honorable Mention in the Young Researcher’s Award "Premios Jovens Investigadores UTL/Deloitte 2011".
2012, September 12: Abstract for our latest paper is now available here.
2012, August 28: A new paper entitled "Advances in Automated Detection of Sand Dunes on Mars" was just accepted for publication in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
2011, December 20: The PhD thesis entitled "Pattern Recognition Applied to the Study of Geomorphological Features in Planetary Images" was publicly defended today and passed with merit.
2011, September 06: A new paper entitled "Detection of Sub-Kilometer Craters in High Resolution Planetary Images Using Shape and Texture Features" will be presented soon in an international scientific journal. This work is yet another result of the collaboration established with Dr. Tomasz Stepinski from the University of Cincinnati and Dr. Wei Ding from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
2011, July 18: A new paper entitled "Subkilometer Crater Discovery with Boosting and Transfer Learning" was just published in an international scientific journal (available here). This work was performed in collaboration with a number of people from different universities across the United States of America: University of Massachusetts Boston; University of Cincinnati; University of Houston and University of Vermont.
2011, May 11: Lourenço Bandeira was distinguished with an Honorable Mention in a Young Researcher’s Award given by Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Deloitte. The official ceremony will be held at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, Lisbon, Portugal, on the 31st of May.
2011, March 18: The evaluating committee for the project TERPOLI has accepted the final report and congratulated the principal investigator, Dr. Pedro Pina, and team.
"A execução do projecto é excelente com todos os indicadores ultrapassados: a formação de doutorandos (3 teses) é muito louvável e a publicação de resultados muito boa. A equipa está de parabéns pelos objectivos alcançados."
2011, February 01: The evaluating committee for the project MAGIC has accepted the final report and congratulated the principal investigator, Dr. Pedro Pina, and team.
"Os objectivos científicos previstos foram plenamente atingidos. Os resultados evidenciam grande qualidade científica, nomeadamente ao nível das publicações em revistas internacionais com referee. O projecto contribuiu para a formação de jovens investigadores e para a projecção internacional da equipa envolvida. O painel entende enviar cumprimentos ao investigador principal e equipa de investigação pelo sucesso na execução deste projecto."
2010, December 07: Two new publications have been accepted in international scientific journals this year. The work entitled "MA130301GT catalogue of Martian impact craters and advanced evaluation of crater detection algorithms using diverse topography and image datasets" is already available online here, and was done in collaboration with Goran Salamunićcar and Sven Lončarić from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.