Biotechnology and Cybernetics applied to Healthcare

Biotechnology, cybernetics and robotics applied to health and human service. What is possible to accomplish today, what will be possible to accomplish soon and in the future, benefits and dangers of this use of technology, ethical questions and research landscape in these areas in Portugal and in the World.

Moderator: Reginaldo Rodrigues de Almeida

Biography will be added soon.

Pedro Tomás - Cortivis

Pedro Tomás is currently an assistant professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), TU Lisbon, a portuguese public university institute in the areas of engineering, architecture, science and technology. He is also a Researcher at INESC-ID, a not-for-profit institution dedicated to research in the field of information technology, electronics and telecommunications, who is owned in large part by IST.He is a member of IEEE, and of its Signal Processing Society, and a member of EURASIP.

Ana Teresa Freitas - KDBIO

I'm an Associate Professor (with Habilitation) with the Technical University of Lisbon,(IST), Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering. I got my B.S. and Ms.C. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1990 and 1994, respectively, from the Technical University of Lisbon. I got my Ph.D. in the area of Computer Aided Design for Microelectronics in 2002, from the Technical University of Lisbon.
I'm also a senior researcher at the Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores (INESC-ID) in the Knowledge Discovery and Bioinformatics group (KDBIO).

Kevin Warwick - University of Reading, England

Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, where he carries out research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and cyborgs. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET. As well as publishing over 500 research papers, Kevin’s experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’.

Perhaps Kevin is though best known for his pioneering experiments involving a neuro-surgical implantation into the median nerves of his left arm to link his nervous system directly to a computer to assess the latest technology for use with the disabled. He was successful with the first extra-sensory (ultrasonic) input for a human and with the first purely electronic telegraphic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans.

Gabriel Pires

Gabriel Pires has a Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering obtained in 2012 at the University of Coimbra. His current research interests include EEG-based brain-computer interfaces (BCI), biomedical signal processing, multi-modal interfaces, and assistive technologies applied to mobile robotics. On the subject of brain-computer interfaces, the focus has been on improving usability issues of BCIs based on event-related potentials and on their clinical validation. He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) of the University of Coimbra, and has joint research collaborations with the Institute of Biomedical Research in Light and Image (IBILI) of the University of Coimbra. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar.
Dr. Pires is the author or co-author of more than 30 research papers, and has been awarded in 2012 with the 2nd prize in the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge sponsored by the Fraunhofer AICOS Institute.