Protocol Labs Research

Jorge M. Soares

Research Program Manager


PhD in Robotics, Control, and Intelligent systems (IST-EPFL JDI), 2016

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (IST-EPFL JDI), 2016

Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL)

MSc in Communication Networks Engineering, 2009

Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL)

BSc in Communication Networks Engineering, 2007

Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL)

Jorge holds BSc and MSc degrees in Communication Networks Engineering, with an emphasis on embedded systems and wireless sensor networks. He received a joint PhD in Robotics, Control, and Intelligent Systems from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) and in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal), on the basis of his research in distributed and underwater robotics.

His interests include communication protocols, sensor networks, robot navigation, and marine technology, as well as the organisation and optimisation of scientific research. While a researcher, he worked on national and European research projects and published in international conferences and journals. He also served as a patent examiner with the European Patent Office (The Hague, The Netherlands), the second largest intergovernmental organisation in Europe, where he focused on human-computer interaction and construction of computers.

In his spare time, Jorge volunteers with IEEE, having started as a student branch chair in 2007 and since served in numerous roles at the section, region, and global levels.

Latest work

2021.2.3 / Posts

Decentralising the Internet with IPFS and Filecoin (DI2F) workshop at IFIP Networking 2021: Call for Contributions

Since the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) was first introduced in a 2014 whitepaper, interest from the research community on improving and building on its protocol stack has been steadily growing. A search for “IPFS networking” on Google Scholar now returns over 1500 results, and that is just a fraction of the relevant publications.

2020.12.2 / Posts

Anca Nitulescu joins Protocol Labs Research

Anca Nitulescu is joining CryptoLab as a Research Scientist. After obtaining their PhD in cryptography at ENS Paris, they worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Aarhus University and as Chief Cryptographer at Cosmian before coming to Protocol Labs.

2020.9.25 / Posts

COVID-19 Open Innovation Grant update

In the spring, as COVID-19 swept the globe, Protocol Labs quickly retooled its grant program and launched an accelerated grants program to support open-source projects building tools to confront present and future pandemics.

2020.8.26 / Posts

Vasilis Giotsas joins Protocol Labs Research

Vasileios (Vasilis) Giotsas is joining the Resilient Networks Lab (ResNetLab) as a Research Engineer. He comes to PL from Lancaster University, where he was an Assistant Professor, after stints at Technischen Universität Berlin and the University of California San Diego.

2020.4.27 / Posts

Announcing our COVID-19 Open Innovation Grant awardees

After a marathon review, followed by necessary legal and financial procedures, we are happy to announce the projects we are supporting with Protocol Labs’ COVID-19 Open Innovation Grant program. This program was created to surface and support open-source projects working on tools to help humanity through present and future pandemics.

2020.4.20 / Posts

Karola Kirsanow joins Protocol Labs Research

Karola is an experienced paleogeneticist, having studied and done research at Cornell, Oxford, and Harvard. While at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Karola led a project looking at the genetic adaptation of modern humans to an agriculturalist diet and, in 2016, she founded a consultancy specialising in academic grants applications, scientific editing, and data analysis.

2020.3.26 / Posts

Protocol Labs launches a COVID-19 Open Innovation Grants program

In 2018, Protocol Labs launched a Request for Proposals program to support research in distributed systems, cryptography, and other areas of interest to our projects and company. To date, we have given over $500,000, with results made available to the public under open-source licenses.

2020.2.25 / Posts

Yiannis Psaras joins Protocol Labs Research

Yiannis (Ioannis) is joining the Resilient Networks Lab, which he helped get off the ground after becoming an advisor to PL in July 2019. Yiannis is currently a fellow of the United Kingdom’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a Lecturer at University College London, where he has worked on a number of topics within the broad field of networking, with a significant focus on Information-Centric Networking (ICN).

2020.2.18 / Posts

Sarah Azouvi joins Protocol Labs Research

Sarah joins us from the Information Security Group at University College London, where she did research on consensus and worked towards her forthcoming PhD in Computer Science. During her studies, she collaborated with Protocol Labs and was also an intern at Calibra.

2020.1.27 / Posts

Luca Nizzardo’s thesis wins UPM Extraordinary Award

Source: IMDEA Software Institute. Posted here with permission. Luca Nizzardo was a PhD student of the IMDEA Software Institute and his thesis “Cryptographic Techniques for the Security of Cloud and Blockchain Systems” defended in 2018 was directed by Associate Professor Dario Fiore.

2016.10.9 / Publications

Towards 3-D distributed odor source localization: An extended graph-based formation control algorithm for plume tracking

The large number of potential applications for robotic odor source localization has motivated the development of a variety of plume tracking algorithms, the majority of which work in restricted two-dimensional scenarios.

2016.9.19 / Publications

An algorithm for formation-based chemical plume tracing using robotic marine vehicles

Robotic chemical plume tracing is a growing area of research, with envisioned real-world applications including pollution tracking, search and rescue, and ecosystem identification. However, following a chemical signal in the water is not an easy task due to the nature of chemical transport and to limitations in sensing and communication.

2016.4.15 / Publications

Formation-based odour source localisation using distributed terrestrial and marine robotic systems

This thesis tackles the problem of robotic odour source localisation, that is, the use of robots to find the source of a chemical release. As the odour travels away from the source, in the form of a plume carried by the wind or current, small scale turbulence causes it to separate into intermittent patches, suppressing any gradients and making this a particularly challenging search problem.

2015.11.19 / Publications

The Khepera IV mobile robot: Performance evaluation, sensory data, and software toolbox

Taking distributed robotic system research from simulation to the real world often requires the use of small robots that can be deployed and managed in large numbers. This has led to the development of a multitude of these devices, deployed in the thousands by researchers worldwide.

2015.5.26 / Publications

A distributed formation-based odor source localization algorithm – design, implementation, and wind tunnel evaluation

Robotic odor source localization is a promising tool with numerous applications in safety, search and rescue, and environmental science. In this paper, we present an algorithm for odor source localization using multiple cooperating robots equipped with chemical sensors.

2014.11.2 / Publications

A graph-based formation algorithm for odor plume tracing

Odor plume tracing is a challenging robotics application, made difficult by the combination of the patchy characteristics of odor distribution and the slow response of the available sensors. This work proposes a graph-based formation control algorithm to coordinate a group of small robots equipped with odor sensors, with the goal of tracing an odor plume to its source.

2014.8.24 / Publications

Flexible triangular formation keeping of marine robotic vehicles using range measurements

This paper addresses the problem of keeping an autonomous marine vehicle in a moving triangular formation by regulating its position with respect to two leader vehicles. The follower vehicle has no prior knowledge of the path described by the leaders but has access to their heading angle and is able to measure inter-vehicle ranges.

2013.11.28 / Publications

Design and implementation of a range-based formation controller for marine robots

There is considerable worldwide interest in the use of groups of autonomous marine vehicles to carry our challenging mission scenarios, of which marine habitat mapping of complex, non-structured environments is a representative example.

2013.5.6 / Publications

Joint ASV/AUV range-based formation control: Theory and experimental results

The use of groups of autonomous marine vehicles has enormous potential in numerous marine applications, perhaps the most relevant of which is the surveying and exploration of the oceans, still widely unknown and misunderstood.

2012.4.10 / Publications

Triangular formation control using range measurements: An application to marine robotic vehicles

This paper addresses the problem of maintaining an autonomous robotic vehicle in a moving triangular formation by regulating its position with respect to two leader vehicles. The robotic vehicle has no a priori knowledge of the path described by the leaders and its goal is to follow them by constantly regulating the inter-vehicle distances to a desired fixed value, using range-only measurements.

2010.10.27 / Publications

Practical issues in the development of a minimalistic power management solution for WSNs

A flexible Wireless Sensor Network platform for implementation of diverse applications has been developed and deployed at Instituto Superior Tecnico – Technical University of Lisbon (IST-TUL). Since its initial deployment in 2007, this testbed has grown steadily, supporting new nodes, applications and experiments.

2010.9.14 / Publications

Opportunistic data collection in sparse wireless sensor networks

Opportunistic wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have recently been proposed as solutions for many remote monitoring problems. Many such problems, including environmental monitoring, involve large deployment scenarios with lower-than-average node density, as well as a long time scale and limited budgets.

2010.6.16 / Publications

Experimental and analytical performance evaluation of a real opportunistic wireless sensor network

The use of opportunistic communications, while increasing in popularity, is still limited, due in part to some uncertainty that still exists regarding its performance in real-world conditions. This paper tries to assess the real performance of an opportunistic routing implementation in a physical setting, by comparing it with its expected performance, determined by a simplified theoretical model.

2009.12.15 / Publications

CHARON: Routing in low-density opportunistic wireless sensor networks

Combining wireless sensor networks (WSNs) with delay-tolerant networking (DTN) has the potential to extend their use in a multitude of previously impossible applications. However, and despite numerous proposed solutions, there is still wide debate as to how to best route messages in these networks and, more importantly, how to do it in an energy-efficient way.

2009.10.2 / Publications

CHARON: Convergent hybrid-replication approach to routing in opportunistic networks – efficient collection routing for low-density mobile WSNs

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have been slowly moving into the mainstream as remote monitoring solutions – especially in hostile, hard-to-reach or otherwise complicated scenarios, where deployment of a traditional network may be unpractical.

2009.8.3 / Publications

Power management extensions for Tagus-SensorNet

A flexible Wireless Sensor Network platform for easier implementation of diverse applications has been developed and deployed at one of the Institute Superior Tecnico - Technical University of Lisbon (IST-TUL) campus.