Meet Allan Barrea

Patent Engineer

Brussels, Louvain-la-Neuve
English, French


Allan is an expert in electronics, mechanics, and computer implemented inventions. He focuses on patent drafting and prosecution in both national and international procedures, and conducting patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments for your innovation. Prior to joining GEVERS as a Patent Engineer and Patent Attorney trainee, Allan conducted fundamental research in the field of the bio-mechanics of touch at UCLouvain, and subsequently worked as a Research Engineer at intoPIX, where he contributed to the development and standardization of video compression technologies.


  • PhD in Engineering, UCLouvain, Belgium
  • Master in Electromechanical Engineering, UCLouvain, Belgium


  • Measuring fingerpad deformation during active object manipulation, B. Delhaye, F. Schiltz, A. Barrea, J.-L. Thonnard, P. Lefèvre, Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol. 126, no. 4, p. 1455-1464 (2021)
  • High-resolution imaging of skin deformation shows that afferents from human fingertips signal slip onset, B. Delhaye, E. Jarocka, A. Barrea, J.-L. Thonnard, B.B. Edin, P. Lefèvre, eLife 10:e64679 (2021)
  • Fingerpad contact evolution under electrovibration, O. Sirin, A. Barrea, P. Lefèvre, J.-L. Thonnard, C. Basdogan, Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, Vol. 16, no.156, p. 20190166 (2019)
  • Perception of partial slips under tangential loading of the fingertip, A. Barrea, B. Delhaye, P. Lefèvre, J.-L. Thonnard, Scientific reports, Vol. 8, no. 1, p. 7032 (2018)
  • Multisensory Components of Rapid Motor Responses to Fingertip Loading, F. Crevecoeur, A. Barrea, X. Libouton, J.-L. Thonnard, P. Lefèvre, Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol. 118, no. 1, p. 331-343 (2017)
  • Simple and reliable method to estimate the fingertip static coefficient of friction in precision grip, A. Barrea, D. Cordova Bulens, P. Lefèvre, J.-L. Thonnard, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, Vol. 9, no. 4, p. 492-498 (2016)
  • Surface strain measurements of fingertip skin under shearing, B. Delhaye, A. Barrea, B.B. Edin, P. Lefèvre, J.-L. Thonnard, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol. 13, no. 115, p. 20150874 [1-11] (2016)

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