Media Innovation Circle #10
March 25 @2pm-3pm (Lisbon Time)
e-Health Rio Project: Research and Innovation Network for Digital Healthcare Applied to Chronic Diseases
Speaker: Débora Saade, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil
Moderation: Rita Oliveira, University of Aveiro

Débora C. Muchaluat-Saade received the bachelor’s degree in computer engineering (1992) and the M.Sc. degree (1996) and Ph.D. degree (2003) in computer science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She is currently a Full Professor with the Department of Computer Science, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil. She is also one of the founders and heads of the MídiaCom Research Lab. She received several research grants from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Rio de Janeiro State’s Research Support Foundation (FAPERJ), the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), and other funding agencies. She is the PI of the e-Health Rio Project: Research and Innovation Network for Digital Healthcare Applied to Chronic Diseases, supported by FAPERJ. She has contributed to the design and development of the Ginga-NCL middleware, used in the Brazilian Digital TV Standard and ITU-T H.761 IPTV services. Her main research interests include multimedia systems, computer networks, smart grids, IoT, and digital healthcare.


Project e-Health Rio aims at building a research and innovation network for the development of activities related to Information and Communication Technologies applied to e-health, specifically to Chronic Diseases. The project activities are structured in five major themes, which are: neurodegenerative diseases, breast and thyroid cancer, psychiatric diseases, remote monitoring of cardiac patients and tele-health. The project team is composed of Brazilian universities (UFF, UFRJ, UERJ and LNCC) and international partners from the United Kingdom, Spain and The Netherlands. The main project goals are: proposing clinical decision support systems; proposing multimedia cognitive exercises with sensory effects to aid health therapies; proposing new techniques for analysis of thermographic images for detection of breast and thyroid tumors; development and application of pattern recognition techniques, using artificial intelligence mechanisms to predict psychiatric symptoms; proposing new communication protocols for wireless body networks for efficient monitoring of cardiac patients; and development of support systems for teleinter-consultation. This talk is focused on the use of interactive media for healthcare therapies, using multisensory experiences for helping treatment of dementia and autism spectrum disorder.