Gabriel Pires

Gabriel Pires, Ph.D

Gabriel Pires (PhD) is Assistant Professor (Professor Adjunto) at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, and Integrated Researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra. Gabriel Pires received the M.Sc and the Ph.D degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2001 and 2012, respectively. He has coordinated or been involved in several funded projects in the areas of Human-computer interfaces, assistive mobile robotics and telehelath. His current research interests include EEG-based brain-computer interfaces, biomedical signal processing, multi-modal interfaces, assistive technology, and telehealth. He was a member of the direction board of the Portuguese Rehabilitation Society (Sociedade Portuguesa de Engenharia de Reabilitação e Acessibilidade - SUPERA) between 2013 and 2015 and he is currently the coordinator of the research Lab VITA.IPT- Life Assisted by Intelligent Environments (Vida Assistida por ambientes Inteligentes) at IPT.

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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:

B-RELIABLE: Boosting reliability and interaction on brain-machine interface systems integrating automatic error-detection (nº 030935), Project IC&DT FEDER/OE PO Centro2020/FCT, ISR-UC/ICNAS-UC/IPT-VITA 06-2018 to 06-2021 WEBPAGE and Project sheet (PI: Gabriel Pires);

BCI-CONNECT – Effective brain connectivity of decision and error monitoring circuits in health and disease: from neurocognition to brain computer interfaces (nº  030852), Project IC&DT FEDER/OE PO Centro2020/FCT, ICNAS-UC/ ISR-UC 07-2018 to 07-2021 (PI: Miguel Castelo Branco (UC-ICNAS));

VITASENIOR-MT: Senior healthcare assistance in Medio Tejo (Assistência aos cuidados de saúde de idosos no Médio Tejo), Project IC&DT, PO CENTRO2020, CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-023659 VITASENIOR-MT,IPT/IPC/CIMT, 09-2017 to 03-2019 (PI: Gabriel Pires)

Webpage: and Telehealth platform:

AGA@4life: Comprehensive Geriatric approach, Project IC&DT, PO CENTRO2020, CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-023369, IPC/IPT/IPCB/Município Lousã/ADIC, 09-2017 to 03-2019 WEBPAGE-link (PI: Telmo Pereira (IPC); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);

MOVIDA: Plataforma de Monitorização de Atividade Física, Project IC&DT, PO CENTRO2020, CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-023878 MOVIDA, Consortium IPLeiria/IPT/IPCB/CHL/ML, 09-2017 to 03-2019 WEBPAGE-link (PI: Rui Pinto (IPLeiria); Local IPT responsible: Pedro Correia);

EXOBIKE: Equipamento biomecânico para terapia restauradora e apoio à reabilitação, Project IC&DT, PO CENTRO2020, CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-24013 EXOBIKE Consortium IPC/IPT/ROVISCO PAIS/CASPAE 10, 09-2017 to 03-2019 (PI: Luis Roseiro (IPC); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);

HTPDIR: HUMAN TRACKING AND PERCEPTION IN DYNAMIC IMMERSIVE ROOMS, POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017644, SketchPixel / IPT / UC, 2017-01 to 2020-01, WEBPAGE-link (Responsible: Miguel Abreu (Sketchpixel); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);

AMS-HMI2012: Assited Mobility Supported by Shared-Control and Advanced Human-Machine Interfaces, FCT Project RECI/EEI-AUT/0181/2012, ISR / UC / IPT / APCC, 2013-2015, WEBPAGE-link (PI: Urbano J. Nunes (ISR-UC); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);

Projecto-B - Diagnosis and Assisted Mobility for People with Special Needs, Centro-SCT-2011-01, CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-FEDER-002028 (QREN Mais Centro), 2013-2015

INTERFACE10: Emergent Interfaces for Improving Accessibility of Persons with Cerebral Palsy, Project RIPD/ADA/109661/2009, ISR Coimbra, Program SAESCTN, FCT, INR, 2010-2012. (PI: Urbano J. Nunes (ISR-UC); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);

QREN SLEEPTIGHT, Desenvolvimento de tecnologias para um diagnóstico ambulatório de patologias do sono, Project QREN, FEDER CENTRO-01-0202-FEDER-011530, DEEC/ISA, 2010-2012

PMITS06: Perception Methods for an Intelligent Transportation System using on-board and off-board Sensing, Project PTDC/EEA-ACR/72226/2006, FCT, ISR/IPT, 2008-2010 (PI: Urbano J. Nunes (ISR-UC); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);

MTDTS04: Multi-Target Detection and Tracking in Semi-structured Outdoor Environment using Laserscanner and Vision, FCT/ POSI/EEA-SRI/58279/2004, ISR/IPT, 2004-2008 (PI: Urbano J. Nunes (ISR-UC); Local IPT responsible: Gabriel Pires);


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 the following programme/scientific Conference committees

7th International Conference on Neurotechnology and Physiological Computing Systems: NEUROPhyCS2019,

15th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing: MEDICON2019

IEEE Portuguese Meeting on Bioengineering (ENBENG) organized by the Portuguese Chapter of IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) - Editions: IEEE 5th ENBENG2017, IEEE 6th ENBENG2019

European Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) Conference: AAATE 2013 , AAATE 2015

International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics, and Informatics: NEUROTECHNIX 2013, NEUROTECHNIX 2014, NEUROTECHNIX 2015, NEUROTECHNIX 2016, NEUROTECHNIX 2017, NEUROTECHNIX 2018

International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health: SeGAH 2013 , SeGAH 2014

International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion: DSAI 2010, DSAI 2012, DSAI 2015 , DSAI 2018


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