Miguel Coimbra is currently an Associate Professor (with Agregação) at the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto since 2019, current coordinator of the TEC4Health line of INESC TEC, and current Chair of the Portugal Chapter of the IEEE Engineering and Medicine Society.
He was one of the founders of IT Porto in 2007, its coordinator during 2015-19 and founder of the Interactive Media Group at this institute. He was the Director of the Master in Medical Informatics of the University of Porto between 2014-16, and was a co-founder in 2013 of IS4H – Interactive Systems for Healthcare, a spin-off company of the University of Porto. Prof. Coimbra leads and participates in various projects involving engineering and medicine, namely cardiology and gastroenterology, with current and past colaborations with hospitals in Portugal, Brazil (Pernambuco, Paraíba, Minas Gerais, São Paulo), Germany and Sweden.
The nearly 15 years of experience in biomedical signal processing and interactive systems for healthcare have led to the development and deployment of systems for the collection and analysis of auscultation signals, echocardiography image processing for rheumatic fever screening, monitoring of stress and fatigue of firefighters in action, endoscopy signal analysis for cancer detection, computer assisted decision systems for capsule endoscopy, and quantification of 3d motion patterns for epilepsy, among others. Prof. Coimbra has more than 130 scientific publications, 21 of which in high-impact scientific journals (15 IEEE Transactions), and has attracted and managed more than 1M€ in research funding, over a total of 13 research projects acting as the PI of the project or co-PI of its Institution.