Dr Paulo de Souza
At CSIRO’s ICT Centre, Dr Paulo de Souza is the Research Director for Sensors and Sensor Networks.
8 July 2011 | Updated 5 January 2012
Dr Paulo de Souza is recognised internationally in field robotics, geochemistry, and environmental engineering. He is a collaborating scientist on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, which landed and operates two large robots, Spirit and Opportunity, on the surface of Mars.
Since 2009 Dr de Souza has guided the work of the 30 researchers at the Tasmanian Information and Communication Technologies Centre, which aims to promote employment growth and wealth creation throughout the Tasmanian economy by accelerating growth of its ICT industries.
As a Science Leader, he is responsible for fostering the development of CSIRO’s smart sensor network research which aims to create technologies that will radically reduce the cost of gathering data while improving its quality, thus enhancing understanding of the environment and improving management of Australia's natural resources.
Beyond CSIRO, Dr de Souza is:
- Collaborator Scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover mission, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2002-
- Associate Professor, School of Mines, Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil, 2004-.
He is also part of the 2011 Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Program run by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
Dr de Souza joined CSIRO in 2008 as a Senior Research Scientist working on the Tasmanian Marine Analysis Network.
His previous positions include:
- Senior Research Engineer, Vallourec and Mannesmann Research Center, France,
- Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Space Research, Cahoeira Paulista, Brazil, 2006
- Associate Professor, Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2006
- Senior Environmental Analyst, Vale, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005–06
- Senior Technological Analyst, Vale, Vitória, Brazil, 2002–05.
Dr de Souza was awarded a:
- Bachelor of Science in physics, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil, 1999
- Master of Science in mechanical engineering, Federal University of Espírito Santo, 2000
- Doctor of Philosophy in the natural sciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 2004
- Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 2009.
Dr de Souza holds two patents, has published two books and has authored over 200 refereed journal and conference papers.
Among many awards recognising his publications, he was co-author of one of Science magazine’s ‘breakthrough’ papers of 2004 confirming there was once liquid water on the surface of Mars.
In 2001 he was identified as one of the world’s most active scientists in the use of Mössbauer spectroscopy for mineralogy and geology by the Mössbauer Effect Data Center.
Dr de Souza has received many awards for outstanding research, particularly those for work by a young scientist.
His work beyond science has been recognised with several citizenship awards.
Dr de Souza is a Senior Member of the professional engineering body, the IEEE.
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