César Ferreira is 28 years old and he is finishing his PhD in Electronics and Computers Engineering from University of Minho. The fields of electronics and computer science have always motivated him, due to the several scientific areas involved such as control theory, power electronics, robotics, programming and algorithms. In his doctoral research, he was developing bio-inspired controllers for robotic transtibial prostheses capable of generating stable locomotion on irregular terrains. Throughout his academic course, he developed skills in lower limb prostheses, neuromuscular models, robotic simulators, robotic locomotion, bio-inspired robotics, Central Pattern Generators, reflexes, neural networks, and programming, amongst others.
I completed Integrated Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 by University of Minho. My MSc involved the user-centered design, implementation, and preliminary validation of an innovative wearable biofeedback system to complement gait rehabilitation driven by an active ankle-foot orthosis during trajectory tracking control. The system aimed to increase the patient’s and therapist’s effective participation during gait training, improving human-orthosis interaction. Currently I am a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at BiRDLab under the supervision of Cristina Santos (professor at University of Minho), João Cerqueira (neurologist at Braga Hospital), and Joana Figueiredo (junior researcher at CMEMS). The PhD aims the development and validation of a biofeedback system with multimodal sensor and actuation capabilities, and corresponding control strategies for personalized poststroke gait rehabilitation. Moreover, the system will foster physiotherapists’ involvement for patients’ additional support.
Helena R. Gonçalves received a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering with specialization in Medical Electronics in 2017, from the University of Minho, Portugal. Her master thesis covered the development of a wearable vibrotactile biofeedback device for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering in University of Minho and a researcher from the Center for MicroElectroMechanical Systems, with a closed collaboration with Clinical Academic Center at Hospital of Braga. Her investigation aims to design and implement high technologies based on personalized sensory cueing biofeedback strategies to assist patients with Parkinson’s Disease to mitigate gait-associated abnormalities. Her research interests focus on user-centered wearable devices, neuroscience, gait analysis and AI-based systems to analyze motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease.
Joana Alves started her work in BiRDLab at her Master’s Degree (2015-2017). During that time Joana worked on the ASBGo Smart Walker project, designing its mechanical structure and initiated the project that later become her PhD thesis project: Lower-Limb prosthesis for ankle-foot amputation. Joana started her PhD project in 2018, continuing the work she developed in her Master’s thesis (Dynamic Model of a Transtibial prosthesis). For her PhD work she will plan, design and develop a lower-limb prosthesis while implementing the sensorial and control strategies for a complete bionic and intelligent device, able to mimic the missing human limb.
João André received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering (University of Minho, Portugal).
João M. Lopes received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 at University of Minho (U.Minho), Portugal. His dissertation was under the SmartOs project, giving the first steps towards integrating human-in-the-loop control through energy cost estimation and personalised assistance strategies. Currently, João is a PhD student at the Centre for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (CMEMS) from U.Minho, in the Smart Walker project, under the scientific supervision of Professor Cristina Santos (BiRDLAB, U.Minho), Professor João Cerqueira (School of Medicine, U.Minho & 2CA-Braga) and Researcher Joana Figueiredo (BiRDLAB, U.Minho). His research involves algorithms development for continuous monitoring and assessment of the user’s state, as well as assistance strategies to make the Smart Walker compliant to the user’s intentions and needs.
Luís Moreira received a MSc Degree in Biomedical Engineering, with specialization in Medical Electronics, in 2019, at the University of Minho. His master thesis was centered on the development of the first steps of an Assist-As-Needed (AAN) control strategy for an active orthosis in order to provide an assistance as much as needed, considering the user motion intentions detected with electromyography (EMG) signals. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minho. His Ph.D. plan intends to explore the potentialities of SmartOs, an active ankle-foot-orthosis interconnected to a wearable motion lab, to tackle the emergent need for personalized strategies that deliver multifunctional assistance levels according to a) the disability level of each patient; and b) the real-time evaluation of the user’s needs and motion intentions. This patient-centered design will encourage the user’s participation in the therapy session, accelerating their motor learning process.
Luís Serrador received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering (University of Minho, Portugal) in November 2017, and his research covered the development of an optical tracking system for an image-guided trochleoplasty, including the preoperative plan. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering (University of Minho, Portugal) under the supervision of Professor Cristina Santos (BiRD Lab, University of Minho, Portugal) and Elena de Momi (Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory, Politecnico di Milano, Italy). Luís research is centred o12n the development and validation of an intraoperative system to measure the spine alignment during spine surgeries with the contribution of the Orthopaedic team of Hospital of Braga.
Research interests: computer-assisted surgery, surgical navigation, intraoperative imaging tools, ultrasound, image processing, tracking, 3D reconstruction, human-machine interaction.
Nuno Ferrete Ribeiro received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2017 from the University of Minho, Portugal. He is currently a Ph.D. student at MIT Portugal Program (EDAM/LTI focus area) and a researcher from the Center for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (CMEMS), University of Minho, Portugal. His research interests include assistance and prevention in falls, and machine learning/artifcial intelligence. He is responsible for the ASCane project, as well as other interventions in devices with the purpose to avoid or at least minimize falls.
Roberto Martins Barbosa received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering with specialization in Medical Electronics in 2017, from the University of Minho, Portugal. His research has covered the development of a computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system for knee interventions and it was developed in collaboration with NearLab from the Politecnico di Milano. He is currently a Ph.D. student at MIT Portugal Program (EDAM/LTI focus area) and a researcher from the Center for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (CMEMS), University of Minho, Portugal. His research work aims to develop an innovative computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system with mixed reality surgical navigation to improve the workflow of the navigated surgeries.
Research Interests: surgical navigation, orthopaedic surgery, augmented reality, robotic surgery, medical image processing.
I reveived my Msc degree in Biomedical Engeneering (Medical Electronics) in January 2019 in University of Minho. My Msc research aimed at the development of a machine learning framework to recognize human locomotion intentions using neuro-biomechanical and envirornemnt aware based features. Currently I am a Phd student in Biomedical Engineering (University of Minho, Portugal) under the supervision of Professor Cristina P. Santos (BiRD LAB, University of Minho, Portugal) and Doctor João Cerqueira, assistant professor at School of Health Sciences, Universityof Minho and Neurologist at the Hospital de Braga. My Phd research focuses on the development and validation of a closed-loop, adaptative and bioinspired Control for Functional Electrical Stimulation aiming a personalized lower limb motor Rehabilitation and Assistance.