Physiological sensing is increasingly capacitated with specialised low-cost and open source tools, which are having a transformational role in the way people learn, experiment, and create imaginative solutions to outstanding problems that can benefit from embedded biomedical systems. The added value of such platforms is being recognised by policymakers and practitioners across different disciplines. As a result, new opportunities are generated for physiologists at different states of their careers, ranging from their first years of study to research and/or professional practice. During this workshop you will learn how to benefit from low-cost hardware and open source software to boost learning, research, and rapid prototyping in the field of physiological sensing. Particular emphasis will be given to BITalino, which is a prominent tool within the state-of-the-art. We will review the basic concepts, show multiple projects and applications involving physiological sensing, explore modular wireless biosignal acquisition systems for real time data acquisition, and become familiar with useful software resources.


Electronic Tattoos for Wearable Biomonitoring

"In this workshop I will talk about ultrathin electronic films that can interface the human skin in order to collect electrophysiological data from the human body, including EMG, ECG, and EEG.

These ultrathin films are similar to the temporary tattoos, but are functionalized by electronic circuits. I will talk about how we fabricate these films, and how we acquire the bio potential signals. What type of electrodes do we use for obtaining bio potentials, and how the form factor affects the quality of the signal? Is it beneficial to use very thin electrodes for this purpose? I will finally show examples of circuits that were built by our group for wearable biomonitoring, and if time permits will talk about the contributions from several Biomedical Eng. students during the last 5 years."

Dr. Mahmoud Tavakoli is professor of Electrical engineering of the University of Coimbra. Tavakoli Received his PhD in Automation and Instrumentation from University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2010, and his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. He is the author of more than 70 publications as patents, book, book chapters, Journal article, and conferences. His current research are include Stretchable Electronics, Printed Electronics, Wearable Biomonitoring, Soft Robots, and Tactile sensing. He was the recipient of the International Autodesk award for body-actuated soft prosthetic hands and European EIT-Health prize for innovation in the health sector (ICT for Health).


Biomedical Optics

In this workshop we will explore basic ligth-biological tissue interaction concepts, as well as the mechanisms related to the conversion of eletromagnetic energy in a biological environment. We will explore several optical imaging techniques that can visualize anatomic structures and biological processes. Some of these techniques include: optical coherence tomography (OCT), optical coherence elastography (OCE), multiphoton microscopy and Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT).

"I have a Ph.D in Physics and I am an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of the University of Coimbra, where I’m the coordinator of the PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering.

My scientific background is in electronic and optical instrumentation. I started my scientific career in the field of Nuclear Electronics and worked in Real-Time Data Acquisition and Timing Systems for space (my graduate thesis was done in contract with ESA – European Space Agency) and nuclear applications (electronics for nuclear radiation detectors; timing and control systems for nuclear fusion experiments).

I shifted my research to Biomedical Instrumentation, focusing mainly in ocular fluorescence. I have done work in lens and retinal fluorescence and in corneal confocal microscopy. Currently, I work mainly on ocular functional imaging (OCT imaging; metabolic imaging of the cornea).

I am also a founder of a successful award-winning global company specialized in Telemetry and M2M (Machine to Machine) Communications."


BioCad: Computer Aided Design for Biomedical Engineering

This workshop will explore the role of CAD in Biomedical Engineering, starting with the processing of DICOM files (produced by MRI, ultrassound or CT) and the files produced by 3D scanners. You will learn how CAD works with this data and how it runs into a 3D print.

Bruno Soares has a Phd in "Leaders para Indústrias Técnicas (formação em Outubro de 2015 - MiT - Portugal Program/IST) " and he is currently a guest auxiliary teacher at NOVA. His research aims 3D printing and new product development. The main objective is to adapt 3D printing to the medical field.

From Neuroimaging  to Computer-Brain Interfaces

Recent advances in neuroimaging have potentiated the development of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). Major corporations like Facebook, Google, and Neuralink are developing applications which incorporate this technology, aiming to revolutionize the human-machine  interactions. This workshop will introduce basic principles that are necessary to understand and develop new applications with BCIs: i. background on brain activity, ii. imaging with EEG, fNIRS, and fMRI, iii. structure of a BCI, feature extraction, and iv. machine learning. Hands-on exercises will allow the participants to acquire some know-how on biosignals processing and machine learning algorithms, two important components of BCI setups.

A team of biomedical engineers at the Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research (CIBIT), working on the development of new approaches to rehabilitation based on brain-computer interfaces:

Bruno Direito is a postdoc researcher at the CIBIT and his research interests include neurorehabilitation and brain-computer interfaces.

Teresa Sousa is a research engineer in the field of neuroengineering and functional neuroimaging. She is particularly interested in developing new neuromodulation approaches for BCI control and in the multimodal brain mapping of the mechanisms of cognitive control.

Carolina Travassos is a PhD student (Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering) at the University of Coimbra. Her PhD work focuses on the feasibility assessment of a neurofeedback intervention, based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging, in subjects suffering from phantom limb pain. 

João Pereira is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Coimbra. His main work aims at translating previous neurofeedback work in real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging to a more affordable and portable setup, based on functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Alexandre Sayal is a biomedical engineer searching for the links between neuroscience, informatics, and music. As a biomedical engineering PhD student at the University of Coimbra, current research focuses on the neural mechanisms behind human visual perception, as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), allied to the application and validation of connectivity methods, implementation of neurofeedback experiments, and optimization of MRI sequences for higher temporal resolution fMRI data.



Computer Vision and Machine Learning for Computer-aided Surgery

Minimally invasive Surgery (MIS) aims to minimize damage to healthy tissue by accessing targeted organs and anatomical cavities through small incisions. Arthroscopy is a type of MIS for the treatment of damaged joints which is relatively difficult to execute due to the indirect visualization obtained by inserting a video camera through one of the incisions and the limited maneuverability inside the joint. This is a scenario where computer-assistive technologies for safely guiding the surgeon throughout the procedure are particularly important.

This workshop presents the most recent advances in computer-aided surgery developed at Perceive3D over the last 5 years, with applications in both MIS and open surgeries. These advances concern the areas of enhanced visualization of tissues, image-based surgical navigation and navigation without the use of fiducial markers, and have been successfully demonstrated in experiments with cadaver specimens. While the research and software developed at Perceive3D was initially based mostly on geometric computer vision, it has now been following the recent trend of employing machine learning for detection and segmentation tasks.

Carolina Raposo received the PhD degree from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2017. She is currently a Researcher both at Perceive3D and at the Institute of Systems and Robotics of the University of Coimbra. At Perceive3D, Carolina works in the domain of image-guided surgery. She is the author of patents and several peer-reviewed publications on different topics of 3D Computer Vision, which is her main research interest. In particular, she has experience in camera calibration, tracking, 3D registration, structure from motion and 3D reconstruction, also having supervised several research teams working on other topics including deep learning. In addition, Carolina has participated in the reviewing process of some of the most prestigious Computer Vision conferences and journals.



Principles behind mechanical ventilation

In this workshop, the functioning principles of artificial ventilatory support will be addressed, both in the scope of intensive care, as well as in the scope of life support during general anesthesia. To this end, the variables involved in the operation of artificial ventilators, basic ventilation modes and basic ventilation monitoring will be discussed.

Alysson Carvalho is a professor and research associate at the Centro Cardiovascular R&D of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. Since 2000, he is a trained physiotherapist by the Brazilian Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering Sciences since 2003, by the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Postgraduate Studies and Engineering Research, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, he obtained a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering Sciences at the same institution. In addition, he took a Post-Doctorate in 2007, at the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Pulmonary Engineering Group at Carl Gustav Carus Hospital, Technical University Dresden, Germany. He attended the medical course at the University of Grande Rio (Unigrangrio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, reaching a Master's degree in Medicine in 2020 from the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto.


Computer vision and its interplay with biomedical imaging applications 

Computer vision is the “science” and “technology” of “making machines that see”, with a focus on the design, theory and implementation of techniques that allow the automatic processing and interpretation of images and videos through the exploration of machine learning. The aim of this workshop is to provide an introduction to research developments in computer vision and pattern recognition and their use in problem solving in medical images. We will describe the fundamental tools for this challenging field of application of computer vision, from acquisition to image analysis.

Jorge Batista completed his Master's and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1992 and 1999, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Coimbra, in 1987, as an Assistant Trainee where he is currently an associate professor with a permanent appointment. He was Director of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra from November 2011 to November 2013 and is a founding member of the Systems and Robotics Institute of Coimbra, where he is a senior researcher. His research interests include computer vision and issues related to pattern analysis and recognition, real-time vision, video surveillance, video analysis, non-rigid modeling and facial analysis. More recently, he developed research activities on the interaction of differential geometry in computer vision and pattern recognition problems. He was involved in several national and European research projects, several of them as IP. He is the author and co-author of several articles in the most prestigious magazines and conferences in the areas of research in computer vision and pattern recognition.

Antimicrobial resistance on Biomaterials

There are different types of compounds used in the production of biomaterials with a number of different applications, varying from orthopedic and cardiovascular implants, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and controlled drug release devices. This workshop presents how antimicrobian surfaces can be used to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance evolution on medical implants and biofilms, in order to increase the success of their uses. The different reasons and mechanisms responsible for microbial resistance also will be approached, and a short film will be shown in order to demonstrate the theme.

Henk J. Busscher obtained his MSc degree (1981) in Engineering, Physics and Materials Science (Faculty of Science and Mathematics) at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he also obtained his PhD (1985) on streptococcal adhesion to surfaceswithin the Faculty of Dentistry, after which he moved to the Faculty of Medical Sciences. In 2018, he obtained a lecture professorship at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. He became full professor (RUG) in 1998 with as a specialty biomaterials science to prevent and cure biomaterial-associated infections, owns a consulting company “Scientific and Applied Surface Advice” and is editor of “Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces”. Science at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. His research interests focus on physico-chemical, microbiological and clinical aspects of biofilm associated infections, infection prevention and control, especially of infections occurring on biomaterials implants and devices. He has published over 625 peer reviewed papers (H-factor 80)

Happy teams don’t happen by chance

This workshop will present the effects of a good work environment on productivity, applied in the company and which has proven to be essential. Although it may seem, it is now that easy!


Roberto Machado studied at Universidade do Minho, where he completed his master’s degree in Informatics Engineering and played different roles in associative structures. In the last year of university, he decided to start Subvisual, and is now the CEO of the company.


Over the past 10 years, Alexandre Mendes, worked with cities, public institutions and companies on topics such as innovation, entrepreneurship and employability. He was Executive Direction of Startup Braga and Coordinator of Skills Lab until the beggining of 2020. Currently he is part of the Coordination of the Tech4Covid Movement, of the Job Club and is Head of Ventures of Subvisual and General Director of DTx - Colab for Digital Transformation.

What projects await me in a Quality Assurance career?

Neste workshop terás a oportunidade de ouvir na primeira pessoa, Solange Oliveira, formada em Engenharia Biomédica em 2019 e que abraçou a carreira de Quality Assurance. Ela partilhará as experiências que já teve e o tipo de serviços que são prestados pela InnoWave. Na segunda parte do Workshop, Filipe Nuno Carlos, Managing Partner de QA, com mais de 30 anos de experiência, dos quais 20 dedicados em exclusivo à área de QA, irá explicar o leque de opções em termos de evolução de carreira. Ambos os oradores irão fomentar uma sessão de Perguntas & Respostas, para que possam esclarecer todas as vossas dúvidas. 

Data Science Fundamentals

Big Data and Data Science are hands on transforming the way big corporations drive their business. This workshop aims at presenting the fundamentals behind the domain of data science, as well taking you on a journey of real applications in the Telco industry. By attending this workshop, you will acquire the necessary knowledge to understand how next generation businesses are developed and let you decide if you want to be a part of this innovative new world.

Introduction to 3D printing

In this workshop you will be able to learn a little about the world of 3D printers: from the various types of 3D printing, through the modeling of projects with software of design and 3D simulation, and the operation of Blocks printers, how to adjust them and how to use them.

Monte Carlo Simulations in Radiotherapy Dosimetry

This workshop will present a theoretical view of different types of radiotherapy, their different uses and how they work, followed by the possible issues which can be caused by their use. For a more practical perspective, the lecturer will present an introduction to the Monte Carlo simulation, showing how useful it can be as well as simulating its different packs.

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