Hi there! My name is Mário Saleiro and I’m a 30-year-old Portuguese Maker with a PhD degree in Computer Science and MSc and BSc degrees in Electronics Engineering. I am currently working as an independent contractor in R&D and consulting for several technology companies and research institutions.

Since I was a little kid I have always been fascinated with computers, machines and electronics. I loved to play with LEGOs and build stuff with it. Putting it all together, here I am today, still loving to build / create stuff, but now using computers, electronic circuits and some other tools (sorry LEGOs :\).

I have a BSc and an MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications and Information Technologies. My Master Thesis focused Active Vision for Cognitive Robotics. After obtaining the MSc degree I became a PhD candidate in Computer Science, doing research on Biologically-inspired Active Vision for Cognitive Robotics. I obtained my PhD degree in December, 2016. All the degrees were obtained at the University of the Algarve, in the south of Portugal. During my MSc and PhD degrees I have published several research papers in international conferences. 

My professional life resumes to research and development activities at the Signal Processing Laboratory (2008-2009) and teaching at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department (2009-2011) at the University of the Algarve.  During the final months of my PhD degree I also started working as an independent contractor for research laboratories and some technology companies providing services in fields like 3D Modelling, Digital Fabrication (CNC Machining and 3D Printing) and embedded system programming.

I am also one of the founders and current directors of eLab Hackerspace, which was created in 2011 and is one of the oldest Hackerspaces in Portugal. I have also been one of the Lisbon Maker Faire Curators since it’s first edition, in 2014. It is now one of the Featured Maker Faires in Europe.

The blog’s title has a clear inspiration on the series “The Big Bang Theory” and was adapted to mean the creation of stuff using bits.

This blog will be about general things that I learn / do and might find useful and interesting to share with others. All constructive feedback and suggestions is highly appreciated. Some words that may describe my research interests are computer science, linux, robotics, mechatronics, electronics, programming and microcontrollers.


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