Joana Figueiredo is graduated in Biomedical Engineering in the Medical Electronics Branch. She received Doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 and the master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2015, both at the University of Minho, Portugal, and in cooperation with the Neural Rehabilitation Group from Cajal Institute, CSIC, Spain. Currently, she is a Ph.D. researcher in the SmartOs project (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-030386) at Center for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (CMEMS) and invited Assistant Professor at the University of Minho.
Her Ph.D. research played an important role in the development of the SmartOs project and in actively specifying two accepted grant proposals for R&D projects. Moreover, she supervised the scientific and technological work of 11 master students from different fields of engineering. She is author of 2 publications in the top scientific journals of the motor rehabilitation field (Q1 and Q2 journals with an impact factor of 3.49 and 1.79, respectively) and 23 in the ISI/Scopus conferences. These publications have been collecting a high number of citations (her h index is 5 and 4 according to Google citations and Scopus, respectively) and received awards.
Her research interests focus on wearable assistive devices (active orthoses, exoskeletons, functional electrical stimulation) and motor control strategies towards personalized gait rehabilitation and assistance. Additionally, her research covers the development of AI strategies to analyse and predict human motion and human-robot interaction.