I currently am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering and head of the Neuro-Mechanical Modeling for Man-Machine Interaction Group.
I received the M.Sc. degree in computer engineering (2007) and the Ph.D. degree in information and communication science and technologies (2011) from the University of Padova (Italy). From 2011 to 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems, University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany) where I became Junior Research Group Leader in 2016. I was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Sport Science, Exercise, and Health, University of Western Australia, (WA, Australia, 2009-2010), at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at Griffith University, (QLD, Australia, 2011) and at the NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) at Stanford University (CA, USA, 2010 and 2013). In 2017 I was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering, within the Institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine, at the University of Twente (The Netherlands).
I was Guest Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2015-2016) and currently am Guest Editor in the Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. In 2014 and 2016 I received an NCSRR OpenSim Fellowship and the NCSRR Outstanding Research Award respectively. In 2017 I was awarded a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.
For detailed information about my research please visit my research group website.
My goal is to establish a unique roadmap for discovering fundamental principles of movement at the interface between humans and machines. My research focuses on understanding the neuro-musculo-skeletal mechanisms underlying human movement and how these are altered by impairment. I apply neuro-mechanical modelling and electrophysiological signal processing, in a translational way, to develop real-time bioinspired technologies for restoring natural motor function and for enhancing human health.