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Gabriel Pires, Ph.D

Gabriel Pires is Adjunct Professor at the Engineering Department of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (IPT) and Integrated Researcher at the Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC), where he leads the brain-computer interface (BCI) group (one of the main groups in Portugal) in the Human-Centered Mobile Robotics Lab. He is also a collaborating researcher at the Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research where he collaborates with teams focused on neuroscience research. He obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Coimbra in 2012, on the BCI topic and since then made important contributions to improve the usability of BCIs. He has been supervisor of several BSc, MSc, PhD students, Postdoc and research engineers (> 30 BSc, >20 MSc, 6 PhD (1 concluded, 5 ongoing), 3 Postdocs and >25 research engineers) and has published over 65 papers as author/co-author in high standard journals and international conferences. He is also the coordinator of the Lab. VITA.IPT - Life Assisted by Intelligent Environments - in close collaboration with IPT Smart Cities Research Center (Ci2). He participated, as responsible, member or collaborator, in several National and European R&D projects in the areas of Human-computer interfaces, assistive mobile robotics and telehealth. His main research focus is on EEG-based brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and biosignal processing, seeking to improve the reliability and usability of BCIs aiming their clinical and non-clinical application. He serves as a reviewer in many scientific journals and scientific committees of several conferences, and as guest editor in several journals. He was the recipient of several national and international  awards including the 'PhD Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge' and the '2022 Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award on IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems'. In 2021, he integrated the jury of the international 'Annual BCI Award 2021'. He was a member of the board of the Portuguese Society for Rehabilitation and Accessibility Engineering - SUPERA from 2013 to 2015. Gabriel Pires teaches Digital Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Microcontrollers Pogramming, and  Data and Telecommunication Networks courses in  MSc and BSc degrees ('Electrical and Computer Engineering' and 'Computer Science').

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  • Collaborator researcher at the CIBIT Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research  – University of Coimbra.


Funded projects for research

He is/was coordinator/member of the research team in the following R&D Scientific Projects:


Funded projects to promote science and to stimulate education in science (some in colaboration with high-schools)

Paticipation in the Projeto "RENOVAR" (Roteiros para Novos Ambientes de Aprendizagem) by invitation of Escola Secundária Maria Lamas (Ação 5 – Implementação do estudo de comunicação de informação na área da Física). Financiado pela Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian ao abrigo do Projeto EMA - Estímulo à Melhoria das Aprendizagens, 2013-2014

Coordination of the project “Escolher Robótica, Escolher Ciência!” - PEC88, Programa científico Escolher Ciência, Financiado pela Ciência Viva - Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e Tecnológica, 2013-2014, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (PI: Gabriel Pires);

Co-coordination of the summer school Ciência Viva no Laboratório “Robot ChampionChip IPT 2012" 9 a 13 de Julho de 2012, Financiado pela Ciência Viva - Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e Tecnológica, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar


Member of international Guest editions / Juries

Member of the organizing committees of recent international/national conferences/workshops/events

Member of  programme/scientific Conference committees 


Societies membership

Member of The Portuguese Rehabilitation Society – Sociedade Portuguesa de Engenharia de Reabilitação e Acessibilidade - SUPERA

IEEE Member, and membership in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and in the IEEE Education society


Contact Information

Instituto Politécnico de Tomar
Departmento de Engenharias
Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Tomar do Instituto Politécnico de Tomar
Estrada da Serra - Quinta do Contador
2300-313 Tomar - Portugal

Tel: ++351 249328156
Fax: ++351 249328197
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Coordenadas GPS: 39.601076, -8.391479

Institute of Systems and Robotics
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Coimbra
Pinhal de Marrocos - Polo II
3030 COIMBRA - Portugal



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Coordenadas GPS: 40.186627, -8.417265