I am a joint ELLIS–SimTech independent research group leader at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, broadly interested in optimization, machine learning, signal processing, and control, and in particular, in the intersections of these fields. Currently, the main drive of my research is developing the theory, algorithms, and applications of constrained learning, a tool that enables the data-driven design of systems that satisfy requirements such as robustness[ 1 L. F. O. Chamon and A. Ribeiro. Probably approximately correct constrained learning. In Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). 2020. , 2 A. Robey*, L. F. O. Chamon*, G. J. Pappas, H. Hassani, and A. Ribeiro. Adversarial robustness with semi-infinite constrained learning. In Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). 2021. (* equal contribution). , 3 A. Robey, L. F. O. Chamon, G. J. Pappas, and H. Hassani. Probabilistically robust learning: Balancing average- and worst-case performance. In International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). 2022. , 4 L. F. O. Chamon, S. Paternain, M. Calvo-Fullana, and A. Ribeiro. Constrained learning with non-convex losses. IEEE Trans. on Inf. Theory, 69:1739–1760, 2023. ], fairness[ 1 L. F. O. Chamon and A. Ribeiro. Probably approximately correct constrained learning. In Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). 2020. , 4 L. F. O. Chamon, S. Paternain, M. Calvo-Fullana, and A. Ribeiro. Constrained learning with non-convex losses. IEEE Trans. on Inf. Theory, 69:1739–1760, 2023. ], safety[ 5 S. Paternain, L. F. O. Chamon, M. Calvo-Fullana, and A. Ribeiro. Constrained reinforcement learning has zero duality gap. In Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 7555–7565. 2019. , 6 S. Paternain, M. Calvo-Fullana, L. F. O. Chamon, and A. Ribeiro. Safe policies for reinforcement learning via primal-dual methods. IEEE Trans. on Autom. Control., 2023. , 7 M. Calvo-Fullana, S. Paternain, L. F. O. Chamon, and A. Ribeiro. State augmented constrained reinforcement learning: Overcoming the limitations of learning with rewards. 2021. ], smoothness[ 8 J. Cervino, L. F. O. Chamon, B. D. Haeffele, R. Vidal, and A. Ribeiro. Learning globally smooth functions on manifolds. 2022. ], and invariance[ 9 I. Hounie, L. F. O. Chamon, and A. Ribeiro. Automatic data augmentation via invariance-constrained learning. 2022. ].
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I did my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania advised by Alejandro Ribeiro, immediately followed by a postdoc at the Simons Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, I developed
Prior to moving to the US, I received my bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where I am originally from. My masters thesis was on combinations of adaptive filters, but I also worked on innovative digital design projects (with David Lamb), one of which was patented by Analog Devices. As an undergraduate, I studied acoustics during an exchange at the École Centrale de Lyon and INSA-Lyon, France.
Before starting my graduate studies, I spent a semester teaching certifying courses and consulting on nondestructive testing at INSACAST Formation Continue in Lyon, France, and worked as a signal processing researcher and statistics consultant on a project with EMBRAER.
In my spare time, I like to write and play music. Mostly the acoustic guitar and the piano, but I sometimes pretend to play the violin, the flute, and typical Brazilian percussion instruments, such as the zabumba and the triangle. I used to play the accordion in a forró band named Quaraçá, meaning sun ray or sun light in a Brazilian indigenous language. Forró is a folk music genre from the Northeast of Brazil that is surprisingly widespread worldwide: I've managed to find some underground Forró dance party in almost every city I've lived in.
Back in Brazil, I worked in many recording studios (most small, some even smaller) and was involved in the production of international theater and art exhibitions, most notably Bob Wilson's "Quartett" (with Théâtre de l’Odéon, France) and Wajdi Mouawad's "The three sisters" (with Théâtre du Trident, Canada). This is actually how I got into electrical engineering and later, signal processing. Amidst the 2020 pandemic, I went back to recording in what served as my bedroom/office/gym/homestudio and released my first solo EP, Philathina, in July 2022. You can check it out on my music website or any major music streaming service (Spotify, Apple music, Amazon music, YouTube, Tidal...).
While I don't play live anymore, I've made a few guest appearances on Tau-zeta's YouTube channel, the first of which singing (if you can call that "singing") one of my favorite Greek songs.
Besides music, I like learning languages and discovering cultures. I speak a few languages to varying degrees of success, the latest addition being German with degree unsuccessful. I've also been pretending to speak Greek for a couple of years now. I don't always pretend very well.
During my Ph.D., I was part of a group of soccer lovers that founded the Philadelphia Open Soccer (or on Facebook), a program that taught soccer to kids in underprivileged public schools of West Philadelphia and in a Northeast Philadelphia community composed largely of immigrants and refugees.
Although I don't take soccer as seriously as you'd expect from a Brazilian, I do like watching the Seleção (Brazilian national team). And I understand if right now the thought of mentioning the 2014 "7-1" fiasco against Germany crossed your mind. I'll get back to you on that as soon as your national team also manages to win five World Cups...
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