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Professor Miguel Pais-Vieira

Miguel Pais-Vieira, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Aveiro in Portugal where he is studying sensory-motor integration and brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) in rodents and humans.

His work involves the use of multielectrode recordings in awake behaving animals or EEG recordings, combined with real-time analysis to develop BMIs. This approach combines the use of real-time analysis and decoding of EEG activity to control an exoskeleton while the subject receives tactile and thermal feedback.

With A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information, Miguel proposed that Brainets, i.e. networks formed by multiple animal brains, cooperating and exchanging information in real-time through direct brain-to-brain interfaces, could provide the core of a new type of computing device: an organic computer. In their paper, Building an organic computing device with multiple interconnected brains, Miguel and his team describe the first experimental demonstration of such a Brainet, built by interconnecting four adult rat brains.

As FCT Investigator and Assistant Professor at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Centro Regional do Porto between 2015 and 2020, Miguel studied neurobiological mechanisms of somatosensory integration and developing Brain-Machine Interfaces in rodents and humans. For human studies, they combined non-invasive EEG recordings with behavioral tasks.

Previously, Miguel was Post Doctoral Research Associate on Neurobiology at Duke University for six years until 2015.

Miguel earned his Ph.D. in 2009 at the Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Medicina in Human Biology. He earned his MSc in 2005 from the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa Faculdade de Filosofia, and his BSc in 2002 from the Escola Superior de Enfermagem Imaculada Conceição in Porto.

Read Method for positioning and rehabilitation training with the ExoAtlet® powered exoskeleton. Read Cognitive Impairment in Pain through Amygdala-Driven Prefrontal Cortical Deactivation and Cognitive impairment of prefrontal-dependent decision-making in rats after the onset of chronic pain.

Watch Miguel at International Conference Technology Universe 2021 and International Conference Neuronanorobotics – June 20th, 2021.

Read Does Symptom Recognition Improve Self-Care in Patients with Heart Failure? A Pilot Study Randomised Controlled Trial and Building an organic computing device with multiple interconnected brains.

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