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Rafael Rodrigues da Silva

Rafael Rodrigues da Silva

Email: rrodri17@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-3736

Office: 252 Fitzpatrick Hall


B.S., Santa Catarina State University (UDESC) - Joinville/SC, Brazil

M.S., Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR) - Curitiba/PR, Brazil


Rafael R. da Silva is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at University of Notre Dame and Assistant Professor at Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), in Cornélio Procópio, Brazil. He received a bachelor in science (BS) degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Santa Catarina, in Joinville, Brazil, his hometown. Before going into academia, he had worked for almost ten years in the steel industry as a control engineer, where he lead a team of high qualified engineers and technicians in several projects. During this time, he received a master in science (MS) degree in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Computing at UTFPR, in Curitiba, Brazil, when he focused his research in high-performance Genetic Algorithms in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) for Computer Vision. In 2012, he changed his career and became a faculty member of UTFPR in Cornélio Procópio, one of most respectable Universities in Brazil. He was always interested in how to control distributed Cyber-Physical Systems to guarantee high-level specifications using a discrete computer system. Such systems are found in both steel process, and the applications that he is recently interested: robotics and self-driving vehicles. Currently, his research interest lies in verification and automatic synthesis of Hybrid Systems.

Rafael met and married Ana Paula Kuroviski R. da Silva while working as a Control Engineer in Curitiba, Brazil. Both Rafael and Ana Paula are passionate about reading books, watching movies, traveling and exploring new places, and living life to the fullest with their two very energetic and loud boys. Hence, besides being a Ph.D. student, he is often a giant or a superhero.