João Paulo Cunha, Carnegie Mellon Portugal-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

João Paulo Cunha, Carnegie Mellon Portugal-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

João Paulo Cunha

Joao Paulo Cunha headshotThe Silicon Valley campus welcomes João Paulo Cunha of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Universtiy of Porto, Portugal and scientific director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program.

  • Monday, November 10
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • Silicon Valley campus, Rm 118

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Vital Responder: Human and environmental sensing for hazardous professions

Abstract: Personalized healthcare and wellness management is increasingly being adopted given the evolution of new technologies that are converging to support this concept of knowing better your genes and your physiological state and trimming your day-to-day activities or your treatments and therapeutics for each person. Apart from the genomics and proteomics contribution to this concept, self tracking or quantified-self monitoring based on novel human (and surrounding environment) sensing constitutes one other component that can contribute to this objective.

Within this recent trend, wearable technologies may play a central role. These technologies have been evolving towards its daily usage and are becoming a major player in the personalized health & wellbeing challenge. In this talk, we will present the evolution of different wearable human and environmental sensing technologies that enable monitoring of several variables in different scenarios and their joint analysis towards a more comprehensive approach to stress, fatigue and other human conditions. We have been particularly interested on some hazardous professionals’ groups such as firemen, policemen and paramedics first responders. This line of R&D earned funding from the CMU-Portugal program. We will also address how we are evolving these technologies to be integrated into the urban scale Future Internet concept we are developing in the city of Porto, Portugal, addressing, for example, the Public Bus driver professionals.

About the Speaker: João Paulo Cunha is Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal and senior researcher at the INESC-TEC: Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, where he created the BRAIN (Biomedical Research And INnovation) research group and co-founded the Center for Biomedical Engineering Research (C-BER) that aggregates ~30 researchers. Prof. Cunha is also affiliated with the Institute for Electronics and Telematics Engineering (IEETA) of the University of Aveiro, Portugal; the Portuguese Brain Imaging Network, which he co-founded and co-directed between 2009 and 2012; the Porto Biomechanics Laboratory; and is visiting professor at the Neurology Dep., Faculty of Medicine of the University of Munich, Germany. He presently serves as scientific director of the Carnegie-Mellon|Portugal program where he has been a faculty member since 2007.

Prof. Cunha earned a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering (1989), a Ph.D. (1996) and an “Agregação” degree (2009) in Electrical Engineering all at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Prof. Cunha is a senior member of the IEEE (2004), and joined the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in 1986 as a student member. He co-founded a spin-off company Biodevices SA in 2007, to bring to the market innovative biomedical technology developed over several years in his lab.