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Assistive technologies and rehabilitation techniques are the mirror of the intersection between Biology and Engineering, to create innovative tools for health support. This panel aims to show different perspectives in this area, such as assistive devices for blind people, electrical stimulation for injury repair and orthosis.


Marco Capogrosso

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Professor Marco Capogrosso will be present at the 8th Symposium on Bioengineering, to talk about “A computational framework for the design of spinal neuroprosthetics” – the creation of brain controlled stimulation strategies that restored locomotion in primates after spinal cord injury having the recruitment of muscle spindle feedback circuits through epidural electrical stimulation as a supportive framework.
With a background in applied physics, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa) and a 3-year post-doc program under the supervision of Prof. Silvestro Micera and Prof. Gregoire Courtine, in his own words, “Ultimately, I love science.”

Hugo Paredes

INESC-TEC, Portugal
Professor Hugo Paredes is a researcher at INESC TEC and has been at UTAD since 2013, where he is currently Assistant Professor with Habilitation lecturing on systems integration and distributed systems. Currently he is vice-director of the Masters in Computer Science and in Accessibility and Rehabilitation and Engineering, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed journal, book chapters and conference papers.
Assistive technologies can provide a remarkable autonomy to the blind and enhance their quality of life, playing an important role in their lives by providing the means to perform their daily living activities. In the last decades, addressing the challenging features and requirements of blind navigation has been a research hot topic.

Paulo Flores

CMEMS - Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Paulo Flores has a Licenciate degree in Mechanical Engineering, at University of Minho (1997), and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at UMinho, in 2005, which was given the prize “Best PhD thesis in Engineering 2005”. Afterwards, Paulo Flores did a pos-doc study in the Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (Switzerland) and at University of Arizona (EUA). In 2011, he obtained the degree of Aggregate in Mechanical Engineering at UMinho. Nowadays, he is a member of the center for R&D on electromechanic microsystems (CMEMS-UMinho), where he is the coordinator of the investigation group in Systems and Biomedical Applications.
His research activity focuses on Mechanical System Dynamics, Mechanisms Science, Tribology, Computacional Mechanics, Biomechanics, Medical Devices and Higher Education. In this areas, he has established countless national and international partnerships which resulted in projects and publications in cooperation with Universities and research centres (in european, australian, north american and asian areas). He coordenated and participated in more than a dozen I&D projects financed by international and national agencies.