Research

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Jun 2017 – Present,

Fellow Researcher in the Project BIGDATIMAGE at ICNAS and ISR

Development of big data platforms to study the behaviour of patients with Autism disease.
Work on EEG data to understand Autism patients’ behaviour in terms of affective cognition. The study in particularly focused on the relationship and correlation between gaze and facial expressions analysis.
Data analysis particularly Time-Frequency approaches, and machine learning techniques are used to model and develop analysis algorithms.

Fev 2016 – Aug 2016,

Fellow Researcher in the Project EMOTIONAL at ISR

Development of algorithms for emotional state recognition using bio-signals.
Development of algorithms for facial expressions analysis, with particular emphasis in the study of speech.
Work on analysis and assessment of human emotions in virtual reality environments (e.g. simulation sickness) using bio-signals.

Jan 2015 – Jan 2016,

Fellow Researcher in the Project Bambi at ISR

Development of algorithms for emotional state recognition using bio-signals.
Development of algorithms for facial expressions analysis, with particular emphasis in the study of speech.
Development of algorithms for interactive systems.

Sep 2012 – Dec 2014,

Fellow Researcher in the Project TICE-HEALTHY at ISR

Development of an algorithm for detection of Alzheimer’s Patients related behaviours (psychomotor agitation) in real-time, processing a set of bio-signals gathered using wearable technologies (with ECG, electrodermal activity and accelerometers sensors).
Implementation of an algorithm to estimate a person’s BMI, using simply an accelerometer placed in the individual’s hip.

Scientific Production

    2016
  • Article: S. Pedro, P. Menezes, “Exploiting the Importance of Vowelized Sounds in Speech Comprehension: an Application for Assisting Speechless People” in Sixth IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2016
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  • Journal Article: B. Patrão, S. Pedro, P. Menezes, “Human Emotions and Physiological Signals: A Classroom Experiment ” in International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE), 2016
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    2015
  • Article: B. Patrão, J. Seabra, S. Pedro, P. Castilho, P. Menezes, “Immersive Techologies as a Key Tool in Therapeutic Context”, The Compassionate Mind Foundation’s 4th International Conference, 2015
  • Article:  B. Patrão, S. Pedro, P. Menezes, “How to Deal With Virtual Reality Sickness” in Sciences and Technologies of Interaction Conference, 2015 (Honourable Mention Award) 
  • Article:  B. Patrão, J. Seabra, S. Pedro, P. Menezes, “Demonstration of the Influence of Human Emotions in Physiological Signals” in The 3rd Experiment@International Conference, 2015 (Honourable Mention Award) 
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  • Article; B. Patrão, J. Seabra, S. Pedro, P. Menezes, “An Affective Interaction System to Learn About Physiological Signal” in The 3rd Experiment@International Conference, 2015
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    2014
  • Article: S. Pedro, P. Menezes, “Body Mass Index Estimation Using Wearable Sensors” in The 6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (MBEC), 2014 (accepted but not published because of lack of funds)
  • 2013
  • Article: S. Pedro, J. Quintas, P. Menezes, “Sensor-based Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Behaviours” in IFMBE International Conference on Health Informatics (ICHI),  2013
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