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Why a Brazilian robotics expert moved to West Virginia to work on robots


​​When Guilherme A.S. Pereira arrived at West Virginia University from his native Brazil in 2018, he was focused on a single, long-term mission: moving prototype robotic concepts from his newly created Field and Aerial Robotics Laboratory into the real world in order to solve practical but complex commercial challenges. Under Pereira’s guidance, the lab is researching fundamental challenges facing ground and aerial robots as they operate in unknown and unstructured environments.

After 15 years teaching electrical engineering and computer science at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, Pereira’s passion for robots led him to Morgantown where officials at WVU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering were envisioning robotics as a strategic growth area. There, as an associate professor, he would have a chance to push the field forward by tackling some of the fundamental obstacles accompanying the emergence of autonomous robots working alongside humans in the natural world.

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