Filomena Maria Rocha Menezes Oliveira SoaresFilomena Maria Rocha Menezes Oliveira Soares
From 2010 to Present
Associate Professor with Habilitation (Professor Associado com Agregação) at Escola de Engenharia da Universidade do Minho
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Filomena Maria da Rocha Menezes de Oliveira Soares received her degree in Chemical Engineering in 1986 at Porto University, Portugal. In 1997, she obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the same University. Since 1992 she works in the Industrial Electronics Department Minho University and she develops her research work
in R&D Algoritmi Centre. The main scientific interests have focused on the modeling and control of processes, with application in the areas of biotechnological processes (for example, modeling and control of baker's yeast production, development of new sensors for measuring environmental variables, pH) and biomedical systems (biological fluids analysis, simulation and analysis of physiological systems) and in the area of systems automation (the development of equipment for the textile industry, automation systems). In these areas she supervised Master's and PhD students and she had works accepted in journals and conferences.With special focus on the use of technology as a means of helping people, typically developed or with cognitive or motor limitations, the author has invested in human-computer/robot interaction and human wellbeing, namely in the study of solutions for the use of:• Social robots as promoters of interaction and communication with children with autism spectrum disorders. She is responsible for a research project in this area. You can find information about this project at http://robotica-autismo.dei.uminho.pt/.• Serious games in the rehabilitation of individuals with cognitive and/or motor disabilities;• Serious games for the development of academic skills;• Monitoring people with disabilities or physical limitations;• Monitoring sports activities, in particular Taekwondo.These studies were/are developed within the scope of Master's and PhD programs and have received peer approval in journals and conferences.She is interested in the area of engineering education, in particular in blended-learning, having submitted two research projects, which obtained funding, in the area of virtual and remote laboratories. In this line, she supervised master's dissertations. The results of this research have already been published in journals and conferences.She is a member of several technical and scientific organizations, with management responsibility in some of them, namely the IEEE Affinity Group Women in Engineering (WIE), of which she was co-founder and chair; President of the Portuguese Association of Automatic Control (APCA) in 2017-2018; currently a member of the board of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (SPEE); Association of Projects for Learning and Teaching in Engineering (PAEE); and the Technical Committees of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Control for Education and Linear Control Systems.