UMC Utrecht Brain Center
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
UMC Utrecht
Str 4.119
The Netherlands

Contact Information

Email: F.GuerreiroFernandes-3 @

Research Interests

  • Brain-Computer Interface
  • Diffusion-Weighted Imaging
  • fMRI
  • Machine Learning
  • Speech decoding

Francisco Fernandes

PhD candidate



Francisco Fernandes has the BSc and MSc degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. In the past, he worked as a Junior Software Developer for Braincarta, where he developed automated pre-processing methods in the cloud and focused in particular on diffusion-weighted imaging. This led to his participation to the NeuroStars project, where he helped develop a new visualization tool for neurosurgical planning and surgery rooms.

He is currently a PhD student in the ‘Speak without Talking’ project, where he investigates whether silently spoken words can be detected and discriminated from the inferior part of the sensorimotor cortex: the face area. His tools can be found on GitHub.