(Professora Auxiliar (Assistant Professor) )
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    Curriculum Vitae Resumido:
      Catarina S. Nunes is an Assistant Professor at Universidade Aberta since January 2014. She has been in academia since 2003, lecturing disciplines in areas ranging from Biostatistics; Probability and Statistics; Applied Statistics; Stochastic Processes; Control Systems; Financial Mathematics; Signal Processing; Optimization; Intelligent Systems; Statistical and Mathematical Modelling.

      Catarina S Nunes already supervised and supervises several PhD Thesis (in Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Modelling), more than 15 MSc Dissertations (in Statistics; Engineering with Finance; Engineering with Business Management; Automation; Statistics, Mathematics and Computation; Biostatistics and Biometry), and many undergraduate final year projects. Since 2005, she has been part of 4 research projects, two of which as leading researcher, one clinical trial and several observational clinical studies.

      Catarina S Nunes is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.


      Vice-coordenadora da Licenciatura em Matemática e Aplicações (2022 - ).

      National Sampling Manager (NSM) - PIAAC – Portugal  (2021 - )

      Vice-coordenadora do Mestrado de Estatística, Matemática e Computação (2020 - ).

      Coordenadora da Secção de Matemática (Novembro 2018 - Setembro 2020)

      Membro do Conselho Coordenador do Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologia (Novembro 2018 - Setembro 2020)

      Coordenadora do Mestrado de Estatística, Matemática e Computação (2016 - 2020).

      Vice-coordenadora do Mestrado de Estatística, Matemática e Computação (2014 - 2016).


      Vice-Coordinator of the BSc in Mathematics and Applications (since 2022)

      National Sampling Manager (NSM) - PIAAC – Portugal  (2021 - )

      Vice-Coordinator of the MSc in Statistics, Mathematics and Computation (since 2020)

      Coordinator of the Mathematics Section (2018-2020)

      Member of  the Coordinator Council of the Department of Sciences and Technology (2018-2020)

      Coordinator of the MSc in Statistics, Mathematics and Computation (2016-2020)

      Vice-Coordinator of the MSc in Statistics, Mathematics and Computation (2014 - 2016)

    Habilitações Académicas:

      Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London, 2011 

      Ph.D. – Doctor of Phylosophy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2003

      Research Training Programme, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1999

      Licenciatura (4-years undergraduate course, similar to MSci) in Applied Mathematics to Technology, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal, 1998

    Experiência Profissional:

      Professora Auxiliar (Assistant Professor), since 2014

      Department of Sciences and Technology, Mathematics Section, Universidade Aberta, Delegação do Porto, Portugal

      Assistant Researcher, 2013
      Catedra of Pain Medicine, Department of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal

      Research Consultant 2012-2013
      Serviço de Anestesiologia, Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Porto, Portugal

      Lecturer (Professora Auxiliar), 2007 – 2011
      Permanent contract – Division of Engineering, School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, King´s College London, United Kingdom

      Professora Auxiliar Convidada (Invited Assistant Professor), 2003 - 2007
      Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal

      Post-Doc Researcher, 2004 - 2007
      Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal & Department of Anaesthesiology, Hospital Geral of Santo António, Porto, Portugal

    Área(s) de Interesse Científico e de Investigação:

      Biostatistics (population studies, drug effects, drug impact);

      Mathematical modelling (pharmacokinetic and dynamic drug models, physiological models, population models);

      Clinical response analysis and identification;

      Optimization and data analysis;

      Statistical and Digital Signal Processing (EEG, ECG, EMG, Arterial pressure, evoked potentials);

      Intelligent Systems for data modelling (Fuzzy logic and Genetic Algorithms);     

      Advanced Control Systems for drug delivery (Adaptive, Predictive, Multivariable and Sliding Mode).

      Research Unit: Biomechanics – Part of the LAETA (Associated Laboratory of Energy,Transports and Aeronautics) a I&D Unit of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal  - INEGI (

      Research Coordinator of the Clinical Anaesthesia Research Centre of the Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Serviço de Anestesiologia.


    Publicações mais Recentes:

      Catarina S. Nunes has more than 100 Journal Publications in peer review International Journals; several books and book chapters; more than 20 Conference Proceedings Papers; and many conference communications. Only a selection is presented here:

      ·        Neves G.A., Nunes C.S., Fernandes P.O. (2021) Challenges and Opportunities for Island Tourist Destinations: The Case of the Island of Sal, Cape Verde. In: Abreu A., Liberato D., González E.A., Garcia Ojeda J.C. (eds) Advances in Tourism, Technology and Systems. ICOTTS 2020. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 209 (pp. 498-508). Springer, Singapore.  (ISBN 978-981-33-4260-6)

      ·        Vide, S., Nunes, C., & Amorim, P. (2020). Hypnotic Effect: Inducing Unconsciousness and Emergence from Anaesthesia. In P. Gambús & J. Hendrickx (Eds.), Personalized Anaesthesia: Targeting Physiological Systems for Optimal Effect (pp. 103-116). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  (ISBN 9781316443217)

      ·        Ferreira, A., S. Vide, J. Felgueiras, M. Cardoso, C. Nunes, J. Mendes, and P. Amorim (2020) “Electromyographic assessment of blink reflex throughout the transition from responsiveness to unresponsiveness during induction with propofol and remifentanil.” Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing (1-October-2020). (

      ·        Vide S, Castro A, Correia R, Cabral T, Lima D, Nunes CS, Gambús P, Amorim P. (2020) “Foreseeing postoperative pain in neurosurgical patients: pupillometry predicts postoperative pain ratings-an observational study.” Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. 2020 Jul 29. .  

      ·        Ferreira, A.L., Nunes, C.S., Vide, S. et al. Performance of blink reflex in patients during anesthesia induction with propofol and remifentanil: prediction probabilities and multinomial logistic analysis. BioMed Eng OnLine 19, 84 (2020).

      ·        C.S. Nunes, J.A. Moreira, and C. P. Vieira (2020) “Comunidades Virtuais de Aprendizagem e Competências-Chave para o Século XXI no Ensino Superior a Distância” EducaOnline 14(2): 1-21 (ISSN: 1983-2664)  

      ·        Xavier J, J. Silva, C. S. Nunes, H. Cabido, R. Fortuna, R. Araújo, P. Lemos, and H. Machado (2020) “Postdural puncture headache in the obstetric population: a new approach?” Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine 45:373-376. (

      ·        Ferreira AL, Correia R, Vide S, Ferreira AD, Kelz MB, Mendes JG, Nunes CS, Amorim P. (2020) Patterns of Hysteresis Between Induction and Emergence of Neuroanesthesia Are Present in Spinal and Intracranial Surgeries. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 32(1):82-89. .

      ·        Couto M, Nunes C, Vide S, Amorim P, Mendes J. (2019). "Rocuronium Continuous Infusion for Profound Neuromuscular Blockade: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." Clin Neuropharmacol. 2019 Nov/Dec;42(6):203-210.

      ·        Writing Committee for the he PROBESE Collaborative Group of the PROtective VEntilation Network (PROVEnet) for the Clinical Trial Network of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, et al. (2019). "Effect of Intraoperative High Positive End-Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) With Recruitment Maneuvers vs Low PEEP on Postoperative Pulmonary Complications in Obese Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA 321(23): 2292-2305.

      ·      S.D Trindade, A. Moreira and C.S. Nunes (2019)“Escala de Avaliação de Competências Digitais de Professores. Procedimentos de Construção e Validação” Texto Livre: Linguagem e Tecnologia (Ahead of print

      ·       C.S. Nunes (2019) “Metodologias no ensino-aprendizagem a distância da estatística: desenvolvimento e reflexão” EducaOnline 13(1): 39-55 (ISSN: 1983-2664, WOS:000460148200

      ·       Ferreira, A.L., C. Nunes, J.G. Mendes and P. Amorim (2019). "Do we have today a reliable method to detect the moment of loss of consciousness during induction of general anaesthesia?” Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación 66(2): 93-103 (DOI 10.1016/j.redar.2018.06.008).

      ·       Pinho, S., F. Lagarto, B. Gomes, L. Costa, C.S. Nunes and C, Oliveira (2018). “Escore CR-POSSUM e Índice de Apgar Cirúrgico como fatores preditivos para a alocacão de pacientes após cirurgia colorretal.” Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia 68 (4): 351-357. (DOI: 10.1016/j.bjan.2018.01.002)

      ·       Araújo, A.M., J. Guimarães, C. S. Nunes, P.S. Couto, E. Amadeu (2017). “Post-operative pain after ultrasound transversus abdominis plane block versus trocar site infiltration inlaparoscopic nephrectomy: a prospective study.” Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia 67 (5): 487-492. (DOI: 10.1016/j.bjane.2016.08.004)

      ·       Castro, A., F. G. de Almeida, P. Amorim and C. S. Nunes (2017). "A novel multivariate STeady-state index during general ANesthesia (STAN)." Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 31 (4): 851-860. (DOI: 10.1007/s10877-016-9905-x)

      ·        Guimaraes, J., D. Pinho, C. S. Nunes, C. S. Cavaleiro and H. S. Machado (2016). "Effect of Boussignac continuous positive airway pressure ventilation on PaO2 and PaO2/FIO2 ratio immediately after extubation in morbidly obese patients undergoing bariatric surqery: a randomized controlled trial." Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 34 (November): 562-570. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2016.06.024)

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      Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

      Member of the:  Portuguese Statistical Society;  Portuguese Mathematical Society; Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE); IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS); Portuguese Automatic Control Association.

      Affiliate Member of the: European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA); American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

      Reviewer for the following journals: Acta Médica Portuguesa; Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology; Medical Engineering and Physics; IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine; Anesthesiology; IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering; International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing; Artificial Intelligence in Medicine; Automatica; Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

      Reviewer for the following conferences:  Annual Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; European Control Conference,  Annual Conference of the Portuguese Society of Automatic Control, IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications.