Maria Costa

UAV Operator / Software Developer
Short Bio

Maria Costa is a Robotics Engineer in a robotics research laboratory (LSTS). She is a software developer (onboard software – control, guidance and navigation) and is also a part of both the AUV and UAS field operational teams (where she is the main UAS Operator: fixed-wing, multi-rotor and vtol vehicles).

During the last four years she gained significant experience in field operations, mostly maritime environments (operating from ship) in cooperation with the Portuguese Navy. She also had the opportunity to participate in several national and European projects (Seagull, PITVANT, Safeport, NetOcean, NETMAR, Fire-RS, URready4OS, E-URready4OS) and annual big-scale exercises (REP14, REP15, REP16, REP17).

Maria Costa holds an Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering degree and a Masters in Autonomous Systems from School of Engineering Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP). Her master thesis is entitled “Assisted Maneuvers for Underactuated ROVs”. Prior to college education, she also graduated top of her class as a EU Level 3 Technician in Industrial Electronics and Automation.

Throughout her college education she worked as an Electronics Technician and also integrated the IsePorto robotic football team (participating in a World Cup Middle Size League competition (RoboCup 2009) and in a couple of National Middle Size League competitions – Robótica 2009 and Robótica 2010).



José Pinto, Maria Costa, Keila Lima, Paulo Dias, João Pereira, Manuel Ribeiro, Renato Campos, Zara Mirmalek, Renato Mendes, Francisco López-Castejón, Javier Gilabert, Maria Tomasino, Catarina Magalhães, Jorge Estrela da Silva, Paulo Relvas, Trent Lukaczyk, Kay Skarpnes, Martin Ludvigsen, Alex Chekalyuk, Kanna Rajan. 2020 , "To boldly dive where no one has gone before:Experiments in coordinated robotic ocean exploration", Intnl. Symp. on Experimental Robotics (ISER)


Paulo Dias, Maria Costa, José Pinto, Keila Lima, Luís Venâncio, Miguel Aguiar, João Borges de Sousa. 2020 , "Large Scale Unmanned Vehicles Oceanic Exercise REP(MUS)19 Field Report", IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Symposium (AUV), St Johns, NL, Canada, 2020, pp. 1-2, doi: 10.1109/AUV50043.2020.9267898.


Paulo Dias, Maria Costa, João Borges de Sousa. 2019 , "REP18 Atlantic: a large scale exercise using unmanned systems", OCEANS 2019 - Marseille, Marseille, France, pp. 1-7

Maria Costa, José Pinto, Manuel Ribeiro, Keila Lima, Alexandre Monteiro, Peter Kowalczyk, João Borges de Sousa. 2019 , "Underwater Archaeology with Light AUVs", OCEANS 2019 - Marseille, Marseille, France, pp. 1-6

Keila Lima, Paulo Dias, Maria Costa, José Pinto, Tiago Marques, João Borges de Sousa, Sara Cardigos, Renato Mendes. 2019 , "REP18 Atlantic – A Large Scale Exercise Using Unmanned Systems, Field Report", OCEANS 2019 - Marseille, Marseille, France, 2019, pp. 1-7


Paulo Dias, Maria Costa, João Borges de Sousa. 2018 , "REP18 Atlantic: a large scale exercise using unmanned systems ", Instrumentation viewpoint 20 (2018): 52-52.

Maria Costa, José Pinto, Paulo Dias, João Pereira, Keila Lima, Manuel Ribeiro, João Borges de Sousa, Trent Lukaczyk, Renato Mendes, Maria Tomasino, Catarina Magalhães, Igor Belkin, Francisco López-Castejón, Javier Gilabert, Kay Skarpnes, Martin Ludvigsen, Kanna Rajan, Zara Mirmalek, Alex Chekalyuk. 2018 , "Field Report: Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots", 2018 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Workshop (AUV), Porto, Portugal, pp. 1-7

António Sérgio Ferreira, Maria Costa, Frédéric Py, José Pinto, Mónica Silva, Alex Nimmo-Smith, Tor Arne Johansen, João Borges de Sousa, Kanna Rajan. 2018 , "Advancing multi-vehicle deployments in oceanographic field experiments", Advancing multi-vehicle deployments in oceanographic field experiments. Auton Robot 43, 1555–1574

Claudio Paliotta, Erjen Lefeber, Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen, José Pinto, Maria Costa, João Borges de Sousa. 2018 , "Trajectory Tracking and Path Following for Underactuated Marine Vehicles", in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 1423-1437, doi: 10.1109/TCST.2018.2834518.

André Guerra, António Sérgio Ferreira, Maria Costa, Diego Nodar-López, Fernando Agelet. 2018 , "Integrating small satellite communication in an autonomous vehicle network: A case for oceanography", Acta Astronautica, Volume 145, Pages 229-237

José Pinto, Maria Costa, Paulo Dias, João Borges de Sousa. 2018 , "Studying the Pacific Subtropical Front with Multiple Assets", 8th International Workshop on Marine Technology : MARTECH 2018. "Instrumentation Viewpoint". Vilanova i la Geltrú: SARTI, 2018, p. 49. 


José Pinto, Paulo Dias, Manuel Ribeiro, Maria Costa, João Borges de Sousa. 2017 , "Networked vehicle systems: From vision to reality", OCEANS 2017 - Aberdeen, Aberdeen, 2017, pp. 1-6


Mário Marques, Pedro Dias, Nuno Santos, Vitor Lobo, Ricardo Batista, D. Salgueiro, António Pedro Aguiar, Maria Costa, Jorge Estrela da Silva, António Sérgio Ferreira, João Borges de Sousa, Maria Bento, Elói Pereira, José Morgado, Ricardo Ribeiro, Jorge Marques, Alexandre Bernardino, Miguel Griné, Matteo Taiana. 2015 , "Unmanned aircraft systems in maritime operations: Challenges addressed in the scope of the SEAGULL project", OCEANS 2015 - Genova, Genoa, pp. 1-6


João Borges de Sousa, José Pinto, Ricardo Martins, Maria Costa, Filipe Ferreira, Ricardo Gomes. 2014 , "Building oceanographic and atmospheric observation networks by composition: unmanned vehicles, communication networks, and planning and execution control frameworks", American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2014, abstract id. OS41A-1181