About

My name is Pedro Asad, and I am a doctoral student at the Computer Graphics Laboratory (LGC), part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s (UFRJ) Computer and Systems Engineering Graduate Program (PESC). I am currently researching how to apply scientific visualization to neuroscience experiments, investigating a large dataset of electrophysiological recordings in the primate visual cortex, produced by the Laboratory of Cognitive Physiology of my university’s biophysics department.

I am also familiar with the fundamentals of contemporary image processing, computer vision, and GPU programming from my M.Sc. days, during which I developed a Particle Swarm-based a hand tracking system using the Kinect’s RGBD frames as input. I also taught introductory programming courses to engineering students as a temporary teacher of my university’s Computer Science Department (DCC) from March 2015 to March 2017. You can access my full Lattes CV [1] here.

My main programming languages are Python 3, C++, and CUDA, and I occasionally dive into JavaScript. Of course, if duty calls, I can get around Matlab, SQL, etc. that is, the languages most commonly taught to CS bachelors. I am currently delving into market technologies like React.js, Docker, Tox, Flask and Gitlab’s continuous integration in order to improve things like quality, reliability, reproducibility, and presentation of my projects. That is because I believe we, CS researchers, should do our best to counter the occasional impression that scientific software is unusable and looks like it was made in the 90’s, something that is starting to change gradually.

And what is this page for?

I have been studying many topics and developing tons of code since my bachelor days, from 2008 to 2013, but unfortunately, as many other young researchers, it took me some time to realize how important it is to take my time to write a proper research page in order to report my findings and accomplishments, and to share ideas with fellow researchers. As a result, I own numerous private repositories in Gitlab, Github, and Bitbucket, including a lot of Jupyter Python notebooks, but most of this code still needs some polishing before it can be properly published for the benefit of others.

My intent with this page is to proggressively publish past and ongoing work and to, as frequent as possible, write about useful topics that lie approximately in the intersection of:

  • computer science
  • science in general
  • research
  • postgraduate life
  • attended conferences
  • scientific writing and publishing
  • programming and tools for science

This website is a sort of all-in-one solution to the following needs:

  • Showcasing my expertise to fellow researchers and likely employers (see Curriculum and Publications)
  • Sharing and discussing knowledge with fellow researchers and programmers about various topics (see Notes and Archives)
  • Building an open and ever-evolving personal knowledge base (see Notes)
  • Granting access to lecture materials to past and future students (see Teaching)

After all it’s so much easier to keep everything (up-to-date) in one single place.


[1]The Lattes Curriculum is the standard curriculum for all Brazilian researchers, either students and professors, funded by the Brazilian Government. More information can be found in it this page.