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.
More about me via the UT Featured Scientist page.
Keywords: model-based control; model-based myoelectric control; wearable robot; electromyography; neuromechanics; biomechanics; neuromusculoskeletal modelling; human movement.
Associate Editor at the IEEE Transactions of Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering
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.
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Affiliated Study Programmes
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).
In the press
A selection of news items
- My Lab's research featured as part of the University Funding Campaign: Biologische kunstorganen en Biorobotica Looppakken.
- My Shaping 2030 interview on academia careers.
- My Featured Scientist Page from the University of Twente.
- My Best supervisor award from Twente Graduate School.
- Our work on model-based control featured on VPRO National Science Quitz (2018)
- My talk at the University Dies Natalis 2018
- ERC Starting Grant awarded on model-based control and human-machine interaction (2018)
- Model-based myocontrol of prostheses on NU.nl (2018)
- Towards bionic limbs controlled via spinal motor neuron discharges on Nature Biomed Eng (2018)
- Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Modelling (2017)
- Biomimetic Humanoid Robotics (2017)
- My Google Plus Account