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M. Sartori PhD (Massimo)

Assistant Professor

About Me

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.

Expertise

Muscles
Muscle
Electromyography
Robots
Lower Extremity
Locomotion
Robotics
Biomechanical Phenomena

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 bioinspired technologies for restoring natural motor function and for enhancing human health.

Publications

Recent Articles
Fernandez, J., Zhang, J., Shim, V., Munro, J. T., Sartori, M., Besier, T., ... Hunter, P. (2018). Musculoskeletal Modelling and the Physiome Project. In P. Pivonka (Ed.), Multiscale Mechanobiology of Bone Remodeling and Adaptation (pp. 123-174). (CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences : Courses and Lectures; Vol. 578). Cham: Springer.
Úbeda, A., Del Vecchio, A., Sartori, M., Puente, S. T., Torres, F., Azorín, J. M., & Farina, D. (2017). Electromechanical delay in the tibialis anterior muscle during time-varying ankle dorsiflexion. In 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2017 (pp. 68-71). [8009223] IEEE Computer Society. DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009223
Varotto, C., Sawacha, Z., Gizzi, L., Farina, D., & Sartori, M. (2017). Closed-loop EMG-informed model-based analysis of human musculoskeletal mechanics on rough terrains. In 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) (pp. 364-368). IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009274
Úbeda, A., Del Vecchio, A., Sartori, M., Yavuz, U., Negro, F., Felici, F., ... Farina, D. (2017). Corticospinal coherence during frequency-modulated isometric ankle dorsiflexion. 135-140. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_25
Úbeda, A., Sartori, M., Del-Ama, A. J., Gil-Agudo, Azorín, J. M., & Farina, D. (2017). Decoding Muscle Excitation Primitives from Slow Cortical Potentials During Knee Flexion-Extension. In Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II (pp. 1151-1156). (Biosystems & Biorobotics (BIOSYSROB); Vol. 15). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_187
Xiong, X., Sartori, M., Dosen, S., González-Vargas, J., Wörgötter, F., & Farina, D. (2017). A novel controller for bipedal locomotion integrating feed-forward and feedback mechanisms. In J. Ibanez, J. González-Vargas, J. M. Azorin, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging clinical and engineering research on neurorehabilitation II: proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain (pp. 285-289). (Biosystems & Biorobotics; Vol. 15). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_49
Durandau, G., Sartori, M., Bortole, M., Moreno, J. C., Pons, J. L., & Farina, D. (2017). Real-time modeling for lower limb exoskeletons. In J. Gonzalez-Vargas, J. Ibanez, J. L. Contreras-Vidal, H. van der Kooij, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2016, October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain (pp. 127-131). (Biosystems & Biorobotics; Vol. 16). Springer International. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46532-6_21
Sartori, M., González-Vargas, J., Došen, S., Pons, J. L., & Farina, D. (2017). Predictive framework of human locomotion based on neuromuscular primitives and modeling. In J. Ibanez, J. Gonzalez-Vargas, J. M. Azorin, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II (pp. 265-269). (Biosystems & Biorobotics; Vol. 15). Springer International. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_46
Sartori, M., Rubenson, J., Lloyd, D. G., Farina, D., & Panizzolo, F. A. (2017). Subject-Specificity via 3D Ultrasound and Personalized Musculoskeletal Modeling. In Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain (pp. 639-642). (Biosystems & Biorobotics; Vol. 15). Springer International. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_105
Sartori, M., Yavuz, U. S., Frömmel, C., & Farina, D. (2017). From spiking motor units to joint function. In J. Ibanez, J. Gonzalez-Vargas, J. M. Azorin, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain (pp. 1275-1279). (Biosystems & Biorobotics; Vol. 15). Springer International. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_208
Sartori, M., Durandau, G., & Farina, D. (2017). Neuromusculoskeletal Models of Human-Machine Interaction in Individuals Wearing Lower Limb Assistive Technologies. In J. Ibanez, J. Gonzalez-Vargas, J. M. Azorin, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain (pp. 827-831). (Biosystems & biorobotics; Vol. 15). Springer International. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_135
Sartori, M., Fernandez, J. W., Modenese, L., Carty, C. P., Barber, L. A., Oberhofer, K., ... Lloyd, D. G. (2017). Toward modeling locomotion using electromyography-informed 3D models: application to cerebral palsy. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine, 9(2), [e1368]. DOI: 10.1002/wsbm.1368
Farina, D., Vujaklija, I., Sartori, M., Kapelner, T., Negro, F., Jiang, N., ... Aszmann, O. C. (2017). Man/machine interface based on the discharge timings of spinal motor neurons after targeted muscle reinnervation. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 1, [0025]. DOI: 10.1038/s41551-016-0025
Groote, F. D., Jonkers, I., Modenese, L., Sartori, M., Valente, G., & Wesseling, M. (2016). Advance your projects in musculoskeletal modeling and simulation of movement using OpenSim. Paper presented at 2nd OpenSim Europe Workshop 2016, Bologna, Italy.
Durandau, G., Sartori, M., Bortole, M., Moreno, J. C., Pons, J. L., & Farina, D. (2016). EMG-driven models of human-machine interaction in individuals wearing the H2 exoskeleton. IFAC-papersonline, 49(32), 200-203. DOI: 10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.12.214
Vivian, M., Tagliapietra, L., Sartori, M., & Reggiani, M. (2016). Dynamic simulation of robotic devices using the biomechanical simulator OpenSim. In Intelligent Autonomous Systems - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference IAS, 2014 (Vol. 302, pp. 1639-1651). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 302). Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-08338-4_118
Sartori, M., Lloyd, D. G., Besier, T. F., Fernandez, J. W., & Farina, D. (2016). Electromyography-driven modeling for simulating subject-specific movement at the neuromusculoskeletal level. In Surface Electromyography: Physiology, Engineering and Applications (pp. 247-272). Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781119082934.ch09

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Education

I contribute to lecturing in Master-level curses including Biomechatronics and Biomechanics.

Affiliated Study Programmes

Master

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Projects

I have been leading key areas and work packages 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). In 2017 I was awarded a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MIMICS).

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring (building no. 21), room W106
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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