Ezequiel Simeoni

Ezequiel received the professional degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. He is a PhD candidate focused on Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs), inspired by his active participation in Plan4Act project (Horizon 2020), and his aim is to improve current non-invasive BMIs to provide more usable, reliable and unobtrusive tool for the interaction between the human brain and technological devices.

In 2013 he became Teacher Assistant at the Rehabilitation Engineering subject (UNC), specifically on Signal Processing and control related topics until 2016.

His interest in science emerged from his collaboration with his mentor and current Director of Biomedical Engineering School at UNC. In this project, the goal was to connect biomedical engineering students with disabled people who needed technological interventions to improve their quality of life, fostering the students’ involvement through their academic activities as real-life interventions. This enriching experience of interacting with medical and non-medical support staff, patient/users and their context provided a great perspective regarding the true role of Biomedical engineers in society.

In 2013 he founded a multi-disciplinary group of professionals with the aim to develop a lower limb exoskeleton and participate of Cybathlon 2016. The development was funded by National funds and it involved several challenges in the field of mechanics, electronics, sensors, biomechanics and control systems, achieving a functional prototype by the end of 2016.

In 2016, he received a specialization in signal processing and neuro-engineering at Florida International University as he was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for a master’s degree Program. He also holds a varied experience in project management in the private sector (2011-2018), as he held different positions during this period, where he received training and qualifications under PMP Certification standards and Quality Management Systems. During this period, he participated in more than 40 projects both in public and private sector in several countries of Latin America.

His collaboration with the group started in July 2018 and his activities have been mainly oriented to the development of interfaces, control systems, indoor human tracking, devices and mock-up prototypes (Hardware and software) and the development of models to provide feedback from the Smart House to the neural signals predictor. He is also part of the Horizon 2020 APRIL and VOJEXT projects’ task force and he is actively involved in the coordination team of the Living Lab Programme, especially developing the sustainability strategy.