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prof.dr.ir. M. Sartori (Massimo)

Professor and Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering

About Me

I am a Professor and Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering at the University of Twente where I also direct the Neuromechanical Modelling & Engineering Lab

My research focuses on interfacing wearable robotic technologies with the neuromuscular system for enhancing human movement. On these topics I am directing personal grants (e.g. ERC Starting Grant) and am PI in consortium-based projects (e.g. H2020-ITN Project SimBionics).

I conducted my PhD (2009-2011) across the Universities of Padova (Italy), Western Australia (Australia) and Stanford (USA). I continued with a post-doc at the University of Göttingen (Germany, 2011) where I become Junior Research Group Leader in 2015. Since In April 2017 I joined the University of Twente as a tenure-track scientist where I am leading an expanding independent research group.

Throughout my career I received awards (e.g. OpenSim Outstanding Research), was guest editor in academic journals (e.g. IEEE TBME, Front Comput Neurosci), and was Workshop Chair at leading congresses (e.g. IEEE BioRob 2018) in the field.

I am currently Associate Editor at the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering: https://www.embs.org/tnsre/associate-editors/. Moreover, I am a member of leading scientific societies spanning across the fields of robotics and biomechanics including: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE International Consortium on Rehabilitation Robotics, and European Society of Biomechanics.

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Keywords: model-based control; model-based myoelectric control; wearable robot; electromyography; neuromechanics; biomechanics; neuromusculoskeletal modelling; human movement.

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Chemical Activation
Electromyography
Exoskeleton (Robotics)
Muscle
Patient Rehabilitation
Robotics
Medicine & Life Sciences
Electromyography
Muscles

Ancillary Activities

  • IEEE
    Associate Editor at the IEEE Transactions of Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering

Research

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 model-based control technologies for restoring natural motor function and for enhancing human health.

Publications

Recent
Romanato, M., Volpe, D., Guiotto, A., Spolaor, F. , Sartori, M., & Sawacha, Z. (2022). Towards the Use of Neuromusculoskeletal Modeling in Clinical Practice: A Feasibility Study in Parkinson Disease Patients. In D. Torricelli, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR2020), October 13–16, 2020 (pp. 439-443). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 28). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70316-5_70
Simonetti, D. , Koopman, H. F. J. M. , & Sartori, M. (2022). Smart wearable garment and rapid musculoskeletal modelling for accurate neuromechanical analysis: Smart wearable garment and rapid musculoskeletal modelling for accurate neuromechanical analysis. In D. Torricelli, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation(ICNR2020), October 13-16,2020 (pp. 121-125). (Biosystems & biorobotics; Vol. 28). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70316-5_20
Cop, C. P. , Schouten, A. C. , Koopman, B. F. J. M. , & Sartori, M. (2022). A Muscle Model Incorporating Fiber Architecture Features for the Estimation of Joint Stiffness During Dynamic Movement. In D. Torricelli, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR2020), October 13–16, 2020 (pp. 507-511). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 28). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70316-5_81
Cavallo, G. , Cop, C. P. , Sartori, M. , Schouten, A. C., & Lataire, J. (2022). Identification of Time-Varying Ankle Joint Impedance During Periodic Torque Experiments Using Kernel-Based Regression. In D. Torricelli, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR2020), October 13–16, 2020 (pp. 495-499). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 28). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70316-5_79
Ranavolo, A., Chini, G., Draicchio, F., Silvetti, A., Varrecchia, T., Fiori, L., Tatarelli, A., Rosen, P. H., Wischniewski, S., Albrecht, P., Vogt, L., Bianchi, M., Averta, G., Cherubini, A., Fritzsche, L. , Sartori, M., Vanderborght, B., Govaerts, R., & Ajoudani, A. (2022). Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) Technologies for Reducing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Diseases in Industry 4.0. In N. L. Black, W. P. Neumann, & I. Noy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2021: Methods and Approaches (pp. 335-342). (Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems; Vol. 223 LNNS). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74614-8_40
Gonzalez-Vargas, J. , Sartori, M., Dosen, S. , van der Kooij, H. , & Rietman, J. (2022). SimBionics: Neuromechanical Simulation and Sensory Feedback for the Control of Bionic Legs. In Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2020, and of WearRAcon Europe 2020, October 13–16, 2020 (pp. 269-273). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 27). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69547-7_44
Brouwer, N. P., Tabasi, A. , Moya-Esteban, A. , Sartori, M., van Dijk, W., Kingma, I., & van Dieën, J. H. (2022). Can HDEMG-Based Low Back Muscle Fatigue Estimates Be Used in Exoskeleton Control During Prolonged Trunk Bending? A Pilot Study. In Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2020, and of WearRAcon Europe 2020, October 13–16, 2020 (pp. 183-187). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 27). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69547-7_30
Romanato, M., Volpe, D., Guiotto, A., Spolaor, F. , Sartori, M., & Sawacha, Z. (2022). Electromyography-informed modeling for estimating muscle activation and force alterations in Parkinson’s disease. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 25(1), 14-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/10255842.2021.1925887
Durandau, G. , Rampeltshammer, W. , van der Kooij, H. , & Sartori, M. (2022). Neuromusculoskeletal Model-Based Controller for Voluntary and Continuous Assistance in a Broad Range of Locomotion Tasks. In Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2020, and of WearRAcon Europe 2020, October 13–16, 2020 (pp. 247-250). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 27). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69547-7_40
Hernandez, A. G. , Kobayashi, R. O. , Yavuz, U. S. , & Sartori, M. (2021). Identification of Motor Unit Twitch Properties in the Intact Human In Vivo. In 2021 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC) (pp. 6310-6313) https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC46164.2021.9630328
Kobayashi, R. O., Gogeascoechea, A. , Buitenweg, J. , Yavuz, U. , & Sartori, M. (2021). Optimization framework for the model-based estimation of in vivo α-motoneuron properties in the intact human. In 2021 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC) (Vol. 2021, pp. 6126-6129) https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC46164.2021.9630260
Koelewijn, A. D., Audu, M., del-Ama, A. J., Colucci, A., Font-Llagunes, J. M., Gogeascoechea, A., Hnat, S. K., Makowski, N., Moreno, J. C., Nandor, M., Quinn, R., Reichenbach, M., Reyes, R. D. , Sartori, M., Soekadar, S., Triolo, R. J., Vermehren, M., Wenger, C. , Yavuz, U. S., ... Beckerle, P. (2021). Adaptation Strategies for Personalized Gait Neuroprosthetics. Frontiers in neurorobotics, 15, [750519]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbot.2021.750519
Sartori, M. (2021). Modelling and Simulating Human Movement Neuromechanics. In Novel Bioinspired Actuator Designs for Robotics (pp. 13-20). (Studies in Computational Intelligence; Vol. 888). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40886-2_2
Gizzi, L., Vujaklija, I. , Sartori, M., Röhrle, O., & Severini, G. (2021). Editorial: Somatosensory Integration in Human Movement: Perspectives for Neuromechanics, Modelling and Rehabilitation. Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology, 9, [725603]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2021.725603
Moya-Esteban, A., Brouwer, N. P., Tabasi, A. , Kooij, H. V. D., Kingma, I. , & Sartori, M. (2020). Muscle-level analysis of trunk mechanics via musculoskeletal modeling and high-density electromyograms. In 2020 8th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference for Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2020 (pp. 1109-1114). [9224325] (Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics; Vol. 2020-November). IEEE Computer Society Press. https://doi.org/10.1109/BioRob49111.2020.9224325
Durandau, G. , Rampeltshammer, W. F. , Van Der Kooij, H. , & Sartori, M. (2020). Myoelectric model-based control of a bi-lateral robotic ankle exoskeleton during even ground locomotion . In 2020 8th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference for Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2020 (pp. 822-826). [9224365] (Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics; Vol. 2020-November). IEEE Computer Society Press. https://doi.org/10.1109/BioRob49111.2020.9224365

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Projects

In 2016 and 2018 I was awarded a EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MIMICS) and an ERC Starting Grant (INTERACT) respectively. I am co-leading a EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on Bionic Limb Control (SimBionics), an EU-EFRO project on smart sensing garments for stroke rehabilitation (GUTs), an EU H2020 Project of human-robot interaction for injury risk prevention (SOPHIA). I am involved in a NWO Perspectief project on wearable robotics. 

I previously led scientific activities on neuro-mechanical modelling and prosthetic/orthotic technologies on European and National projects including the ERC Advanced Grant DEMOVE (2011-2016), the FP7 EU Project H2R (2013-2016) and the BMBF Innovation Cluster INOPRO (2016-2020). I have served as Scientific Advisory Board member in the FP7 EU Project BioMot (2013-2016). 

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W106
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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