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 engineering (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 University of Western Australia, (WA, Australia, 2009-2010), at Griffith University, (QLD, Australia, 2011) and at Stanford University (CA, USA, 2010 and 2013). In 2017 I was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Twente (Netherlands).
I was Guest Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. In 2014 and 2016 I received the NCSRR OpenSim Fellowship and the Outstanding Research Award respectively. In 2016 I was awarded a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and in 2018 an ERC Starting Grant.
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.