Hugo Plácido da Silva believes he’s one of the few lucky people that can say he worked very few days in his life… not because of lack of a job (fortunately), but because when you do things you love and you’re passionate about almost every single day, there’s no boundary between what’s work and what’s just pure fun.

He completed his PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering at the University of Lisbon. Since 2004, Hugo is a researcher at the IT – Instituto de Telecomunicações ( and a Professor at IST – Instituto Superior Técnico since 2019.

Hugo is also an award-winning inventor and entrepreneur, having co-founded multiple innovative technology-based companies, operating in the fields of biomedical devices and data science for healthcare and quality of life.

More recently, he has been actively working (i.e. having fun) towards making the world a bit more physiological through BITalino (, an open source software and low-cost hardware toolkit, which allows anyone from students to professional app developers, to create cool projects and applications with physiological sensors.

His main interest areas include biomedical instrumentation and data acquisition, system engineering, signal processing, and machine learning.

About Dr. Hugo Plácido da Silva’s Role in Eternity

Within the Eternity project, Dr. Hugo Plácido da Silva is supervising the Early Stage Researchers 4, 8, 9 and 13 at PLUX Wireless Biosignals in Lisbon.