Dr. Lopes is a researcher focusing at the crossroads between Digital Game AI, Affective Computing, Neuroscience and Game Design. His main research interest lies in developing autonomous technologies capable of generating virtual environment and game mechanics using human-based emotion as input. His studies has led to the development of several systems exploring the influence of different digital games facets (e.g. Audio, Lighting and 3D Environments) and its relation to human biofeedback data such as: Electrocardiogram (ECG), Electrodermal Activity (EDA) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).
Dr. Lopes has also collaborated with several top neuroscience research laboratories in Switzerland, collaborating with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), helping develop several experimental protocols (using games) for the task of emotion recognition. Furthermore, during this time, Dr. Lopes also collaborated with the company Logitech, where he developed several tools capable of collecting physiological data from professional e-sport players during multiplayer sessions.