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Could you imagine yourself working side by side with a robot in your professional tasks? Would you trust him to be a major help to your work?

A team of researchers from Proaction Lab, led by Art Pilacinski, is developing a scientific project called “Neurocobots”, which aims to develop a brain-machine interface to improve dynamic collaboration between humans and robots in a professional context.

The experiment is being developed by a multidisciplinary team that brings together neuroscientists from various areas of knowledge with the aim of analyzing the behavior of participants who volunteer for the experiments, carried out in virtual reality.

“Through virtual reality it is possible to study the interaction of individuals in realistic and immersive virtual environments, allowing to analyze their behaviors. This way of studying human-robot interaction is safe, non-invasive, performed in a controlled environment and profitable both economically and temporally”, say Soraia Oliveira (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra) and Eduardo Araújo (Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra), project researchers.

Still at an early stage, the project has as partners the Institute of Systems and Robotics and the University of Madeira.

If you want to participate in this study as a volunteer, please send an email to

Learn more about the project here.