Prof. Dr. Fernando Bardella
Prof. Dr. Fernando BardellaPesquisador / Pós-doutorando

Who Am I?

Prof. Dr. Fernando Bardella is Post-Doctoral fellow and researcher at the Nuclear Energy Research Institute (IPEN) / Brazilian National Nuclear Commission (CNEN) at the University of São Paulo (USP). Dr. Bardella holds a Doctor of Science degree from IPEN/USP, a MBA in Project Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and holds BS degrees in both Computer Science (Laureate International) and Physics (IF-USP).

Passionate about fostering STEM education to young students, Dr. Bardella’s research is multidisciplinary, focusing on integrating disruptive technologies and innovations – such as Scientific Visualization, 3D Computing, Virtual and Mixed Realities (AR/AV), Rapid Prototyping and Internet-based computing – to build tools capable of supporting science education of very abstract topics.

Additionally, Dr. Bardella also contributes with his extensive corporate in managing complex projects, leading technical and professional teams, and thriving on technology to drive innovation and digital transformational change.

On his free-time Dr. Bardella enjoys brewing beer with his friends and travelling with his family.

Some of my highlights


Crystalwalk: an educational interactive software for synthesis and visualization of crystal structures

This work documents the process of development of an educational interactive software for synthesis and visualization of crystal structures (crystallographic software) named CrystalWalk (CW). The development of CW was justified by educational problems that were the identified and defined from direct stakeholders inquiry process about the lack of proper didatic tools for teaching crystal structure topic in materials science and engineering disciplines. Further, an evaluation of the existing crystallographic softwares has shown opportunities for the development of a new software, focused on the educational approach. The process of development and implementation of CrystalWalk was guided by principles of free software, accessibility and democratization of knowledge, adopting state of art technologies for the development of interactive web applications, such as HTML5/WebGL, service oriented architecture (SOA) and responsive, resilient and elastic distributed systems. CW proposes an unprecedented step-by-step crystal structure creation approach, imparting the concept of lattice and motif through active and conscious user interaction. Additionally, a comprehensive set of didactic functionalities was also successfully implemented, as an online content publication platform for sharing interactive crystal structures, a “didactic narratives” tool that enables users to generate interactive classes based on predefined animated sequences as well the support for advanced interaction and virtual reality technologies as Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, LEAP Motion, multi-touch devices and 3D printing technologies. Project deliverables were evaluated under action-research premises based on identified problems resolution and overall stake-holders acquired knowledge or empowerment . CW has successfully resolved most of the identified problems identified, empowering students, professors and researchers through positive impact in the democratization of knowledge and technological autonomy and independence.

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