Mar 29

Python installation

Installing Python on Windows does not work 100% of the time. The following worked for me (Windows 10 64 bits):

Install Python using the Miniconda installer. Download Miniconda from

Install only for you (not for all users because it would require admin privileges)

Open a terminal (or command prompt in MS Windows), and execute each of the following commands:

conda update --all

Don’t add the conda-forge channel because some current versions of some libraries when updated will crach.

Install some of the main libraries for scientific programming:

conda install numpy scipy numexpr cython matplotlib pandas sympy jupyter jupyterlab seaborn pingouin 

conda update --all

conda clean --all


If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least, partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.

Feb 14

Master defense of Lucas Santana on 2/17

Date: 14h, 17 February 2020

Location: Room S204, ground floor of block Alfa2, Universidade Federal do ABC, UFABC – Alameda da Universidade, s / n – Anchieta, São Bernardo do Campo – SP, 09606-045, Brazil

Dec 01

International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Meeting – IFAB2020

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


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.


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.

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