Feb 07

Thesis defense by Claudiane Fukuchi @ Feb. 25th

Title: Effects of speed on the movement patterns of human gait

Date: 2pm, February 25th, 2019

Place: Room S017, bloco Delta, Universidade Federal do ABC, UFABC – Alameda da Universidade, s/n – Anchieta, São Bernardo do Campo – SP, 09606-045, Brazil

Jan 17

Master’s defense by Desiree Miraldo

Title: Description: Open dataset and algorithm based on linear multiple regression for gait-event estimation with inertial sensors

Date: February 4, 2019, 14-16h.

Place: Room 103, building Alpha 1, São Bernardo do Campo

Jul 03

Lecture Project Walk Again, on July 6th


Sensorimotor improvement in chronic complete paraplegic patients after a training integrating brain-machine interfaces, visuotactile feedback and locomotion.


Dr. Solaiman Shokur

Date and place: 

Dia 06 de Julho (sexta-feira) às 10h30min em São Bernardo do Campo. Bloco beta, auditório A003


A report from the world health organization (WHO) reveals that roughly 200’000 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) occur worldwide every year.  SCI causes a wide array of the devastating motor, sensory, and autonomic deficits. There is currently no systematic rehabilitation approach for patients diagnosed with complete paraplegia due to SCI.
In this talk, I will present two techniques developed in our laboratory: brain-machine interfaces (direct brain-control of virtual or robotic legs) and sensory substitution. I will show, how, after a training combining these techniques, we observed unprecedented improvement rates in a group of 12 complete paraplegic patients in term of sensorimotor functions in their lower-limbs, but also, and maybe more importantly, for the control of their bladder, bowel and sexual functions.


Dr. Solaiman Shokur is an Afghan-born Swiss neuroengineer. In 2004, he obtained his master at the Polytechnique of Lausanne (Switzerland, EPFL) in computer science with a specialization in bio-inspired robotics. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. at the EPFL under the supervision of Prof. Bleuler (EPFL) and Prof. Miguel Nicolelis (Duke University).  During this period he developed the first Virtual reality-based brain-machine interface for monkeys. His work contributed to understanding how the brain represents a new extension to the body.

Dr. Shokur is the co-author of several reference papers in the domain of Brain-machine interfaces and artificial sensory feedback, with publications in Nature, Science translational medicine, PNAS, and Scientific Reports.

He is currently the senior research coordinator of the Walk Again Project (WAP) at the AASDAP neurorehabilitation laboratory in São Paulo.

Oct 02

Being active saves lives whether a gym workout, walking to work or washing the floor

From https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170921185009.htm

Physical activity of any kind can prevent heart disease and death, says a large international study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries published this week in The Lancet.

The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, led by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, shows any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a week to raise the heart rate.

Read more at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170921185009.htm

Original article:

  • Scott A Lear, Weihong Hu, Sumathy Rangarajan, Danijela Gasevic, Darryl Leong, Romaina Iqbal, Amparo Casanova, Sumathi Swaminathan, R M Anjana, Rajesh Kumar, Annika Rosengren, Li Wei, Wang Yang, Wang Chuangshi, Liu Huaxing, Sanjeev Nair, Rafael Diaz, Hany Swidon, Rajeev Gupta, Noushin Mohammadifard, Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo, Aytekin Oguz, Katarzyna Zatonska, Pamela Seron, Alvaro Avezum, Paul Poirier, Koon Teo, Salim Yusuf. The effect of physical activity on mortality and cardiovascular disease in 130 000 people from 17 high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries: the PURE studyThe Lancet, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31634-3

Aug 15

8th Symposium on Instrumentation and Medical Imaging (SIM) and the 7th Symposium on Signal Processing (SPS)


O 8º Simpósio de Instrumentação e Imagens Médicas (SIIM) e o 7º Simpósio de Processamento de Sinais (SPS) será realizado na Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) entre os dias 29 de Novembro e 01 de Dezembro de 2017.

Este evento tem como objetivo reunir professores, estudantes e pesquisadores que trabalham na área de processamento de sinais e engenharia biomédica para exposição dos resultados de suas pesquisas e discussão de ideias.

Aug 01

Lecture: O uso de modelos computacionais neuromusculoesqueléticos na investigação do controle motor

Data: 01/08/2017, às 19h00,  Sala S203, 2o andar do Bloco Alpha 2
Tema: O uso de modelos computacionais neuromusculoesqueléticos na investigação do controle motor
Palestrante convidado: Prof Dr. Renato Watanabe – Enga Biomédica – UFABC

Resumo: A maneira mais comum ao pesquisar como o controle neural atua para a realização de tarefas motoras é por meio da realização de experimentos. Porém, muitos sinais envolvidos no controle motor humano, como as entradas dos neurônios motores, são difíceis ou até mesmo impossíveis de se obter experimentalmente em seres humanos. Por isso, o uso de modelos realistas do sistema neuromusculoesquelético pode ser bastante útil para a investigação do controle de tarefas motoras. Neste seminário serão apresentados exemplos de uso de um modelo computacional do sistema neuromusculoesquelético para investigar mecanismos envolvidos no controle de tarefas motoras como a manutenção da postura ereta e realização de uma flexão plantar.

May 09

A public dataset of running biomechanics and the effects of running speed on lower extremity kinematics and kinetics



We just published a paper about our public dataset of running biomechanics and the effect of speed on running!

Read about it in https://peerj.com/articles/3298/?td=bl


UFABC – Biomedical Engineering

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Our article about a public data set of human balance has been published:

Santos DA, Duarte M (2016) A public data set of human balance evaluations. PeerJ4:e2648 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2648

Oct 06

Winners of the Contest of low cost and do-it-yourself Assistive Technology at UFABC!

Hoje, dia 5 de outubro de 2016, foi realizada a premiação do Concurso de tecnologia assistiva de baixo custo do tipo faça você mesmo da UFABC.

Das quinze propostas apresentadas, a comissão avaliadora indicou três propostas como destaque (em ordem alfabética):

As equipes ganharam super-kits da III Semana das Engenharias da UFABC e foram felizes para sempre:

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