Yves Rybarczyk is a lecturer at the New University of Lisbon (Portugal), in the Department of Electrotechnical Engineering. In 2004, he received, from the University of Evry (France), a PhD degree in Robotics, based on the cooperation between human beings and robots. Due to an academic background in the area of Cognitive Sciences (Master in Neurosciences), he is particularly involved in multidisciplinary projects that merge Information Technologies and Biological Systems. Some of his more significant projects are: ARPH “Robotic Assistance for Handicapped People” (2000-2007), LISLING 3D “Multimedia Platform for the Rehabilitation of Aphasic Patients” (2009-2012), e-ESPOIRS Handi “Strategic and Customized Evaluation of Handicapped Situations by Computer Networking” (2008-2013), and COCHISE “Cooperation between Service Dog and Robot for Human Being” (2013-2016). His research interests are in the fields of: Cognitive Sciences (sensorimotor loop and visual perception), Human-Machine Interaction (ergonomics and teleoperation), and Assistive/Rehabilitation Technologies (support to sensorimotor and cognitive disabilities). Currently, a large part of his fundamental research is focused on i) the telepresence and ownership phenomena, and ii) the modeling of sensorimotor couplings and their implementation in artificial systems. This research is mainly applied to enhance the link between human user and neuromimetic agents.

Areas of Interest

Human-Machine Interaction

  • Telepresence and ownership
  • Ergonomics
  • Sensorimotor loop

Assistive & Rehabilitation technologies

  • Assistive systems for motor disabilities
  • Therapeutic software for cognitive deficiencies
  • Serious Games


  • Animal-robot relationship
  • Embodiment and embodied cognition
  • Biologically-inspired robots