Anna Helena Reali Costa

Full Professor

Electrical Engineering Building, Office C2-50

Dept. Computer Engineering and Digital Systems
Escola Politécnica of the Universidade de São Paulo
Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, trav.3, n.158
05508-010 São Paulo, SP – Brazil

Phone: +55 (011) 3091-5387

Director of the LTI Lab.



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My research is in Artificial Intelligence, considering adaptation, interaction and decision-making as fundamental principles of intelligent agents. Thus, my research focuses on machine learning, multiagent systems, and robotics. My research contributions are mainly in the area of Reinforcement Learning, Autonomous Agents, and Transfer Learning. Application domains include for example robot soccer, robot navigation, smart homes, ad networks, computational biology or recommender sysytems. My long-term research intention is to create complete, robust, and autonomous agents that can learn to interact in complex and dynamic environments.


On going projects supported by funding agencies:

ALIS: Autonomous Learning in Intelligent Systems
FAPESP grant number: 2016/21047-3 (2017 – 2019)

MAAR: Models and Algorithms for the Use of Reinforcement Learning in Complex Problems
CNPq grant number 425860/2016-7 (2017 – 2018)


Current Master Students
Ricardo Mitollo Bertani (NUSP: 9416671), entered 08/21/2017
Rodrigo Cesar Bonini (NUSP: 9870901), entered 02/22/2016

Current PhD Students
Cyntia Eico H. Nishida (NUSP: 6426934), entered 12/08/2015
Eduardo da Silva Alves (NUSP: 9870310), entered 03/04/2016
Felipe Leno da Silva (NUSP: 8620010), entered 02/20/2015
Ruben Glatt (NUSP: 9412785), entered 03/02/2015

Master’s Alumni
Alan Rafael Fachini (NUSP: 8787292), completed in 10/17/2016
Alexandre da Silva Simões (NUSP: 3021510), completed in 06/02/2000
André Iasi Moura (NUSP: 5468105), completed in 06/14/2007
Antonio Henrique Pinto Selvatici (NUSP: 4969825), completed in 02/04/2005
Fábio Rodrigo Amaral (NUSP: 5983389), completed in 10/18/2010
Felipe Leno da Silva (NUSP: 8620010), completed in 02/19/2015
Flávio Sales Truzzi (NUSP: 5949780), completed in 05/07/2014
Heider Berlink de Souza (NUSP: 8614909), completed in 02/27/2015
Marcelo Li Koga (NUSP: 5435283), completed in 11/21/2013
Paulo Thiago Fracasso (NUSP: 3313022), completed in 03/14/2008
Rafael Lemes Beirigo (NUSP: 6481760), completed in 10/02/2014
Reinaldo Augusto da Costa Bianchi (NUSP: 1881576), completed in 08/03/1998
Roberto José Giordano Barra (NUSP: 2368310), completed in 03/16/2007
Rodrigo Andrade de Bem (NUSP: 5308291), completed in 03/30/2007
Rodrigo Dias Arnaut (NUSP: 5730911), completed in 11/30/2009
Tiago Matos (NUSP: 5177981), completed in 09/06/2011
Walter Mauricio Mayor Toro (NUSP: 8409448), completed in 11/04/2014

PhD’s Alumni
Alexandre da Silva Simões (NUSP: 3021510), completed in 04/07/2006
Antonio Henrique Pinto Selvatici (NUSP: 4969825), completed in 03/20/2009
Juan Carlos Perafan Villota (NUSP: 8409469), completed in 10/27/2016
Nicolau Leal Werneck (NUSP: 6295501), completed in 08/17/2012
Paulo Thiago Fracasso (NUSP: 3313022), completed in 04/08/2014
Reinaldo Augusto da Costa Bianchi (NUSP: 1881576), completed in 04/05/2004
Renê Pegoraro (NUSP: 2161327), completed in 09/14/2001
Valdinei Freire da Silva (NUSP: 2927672), completed in 04/07/2009
Valguima Victoria Viana Aguiar Odakura (NUSP: 3356020), completed in 12/15/2006
Waldemar Bonventi Junior (NUSP: 1745538), completed in 06/30/2005


Courses I usually teach

Undergrad courses
PCS3438 – Artificial Intelligence
PCS3110 – Algorithms and Data Structures for Electrical Engineering

Grad courses
PCS5012 – Methodology of Scientific Research in Computer Engineering
PCS5024 – Statistical Learning
PCS5869 – Artificial Intelligence

CV Lattes

Brief Biography

I am a Full Professor at the Escola Politecnica of the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. I hold a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from USP, and M.Sc. and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Centro Universitario FEI (FEI) in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. In 1985-1988 I was a research scientist at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, working on computer vision and intelligent mobile robots with Prof. Dr-Ing. Ulrich Rembold at the Institut fuer Prozessrechentechnik und Robotik (IPR), and again in 1991-1992 working at the Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) on machine learning and computer vision. In 1998-1999 I was invited as a guest researcher to the Computer Science Department of the Carnegie Mellon University (CS/CMU), where I worked with Manuela Veloso in planning, execution and learning for multi-robot applications. Currently, I am the director of the Laboratorio de Tecnicas Inteligentes (LTI) and head of the Department of Computer Engineering and Digital Systems at Escola Politecnica-USP. Current research interests include machine learning, reinforcement learning, multi-agent systems, transfer learning, and robotics.