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Marco Gazzoni

Director

He has earned the M.S. degree in computer science engineering in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2005. From 2015 he is Associate Professor in Biomedial Engineering and head of LISiN laboratory.

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Marco Gazzoni graduated in Computer Science Engineering in 1998 at Politecnico di Torino. In 2005 he obtained the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino. From 2015 he is Associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and head of the Laboratory of Engineering of Neuromuscular System and motor rehabilitation (LISiN).

His chief expertise concerns the development of surface EMG techniques (detection and processing) for the non-invasive investigation of the neuromuscular system with applications in basic physiology, ergonomics, rehabilitation, and sport science.

He was involved in the Concerted Action SENIAM (Surface Electromyography for Non Invasive Assessment of Muscles), in the RTD European Projects NEW (Neuromuscular assessment in the Elderly Workers 2001-2004), OASIS (On Asymmetry In Sphincters 2002-2005), CyberManS (Cybernetic manufacturing systems, 2006-2008), and in the ESA Project MESM (Microgravity Effects on Skeletal Muscles).

He is author/coauthor of 38 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 4 book chapters, and about 80 abstracts for national and international congresses. He has one international patent application concerning textile electrodes for the detection of electrophysiological signals.

He acts as a reviewer for international journals, both engineering and clinical, among which IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, Medical Engineering & Physics, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology.

Roberto Merletti

Founder and past-director

Prof. R. Merletti obtained his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1972. After an experience in industry he spent four years at the NeuroMuscular Research Center of Boston University and was Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino until the end of 2015.  He was the founder and the director of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System (LISiN) at Politecnico di Torino until Nov 2015

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Prof. Roberto Merletti graduated in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Torino, Italy) in 1968. In 1970 and 1972 he obtained the Master of Science and the PhD in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (U.S.A.), with specialization in Biomedical Engineering.

After a period of six years (from 1973 to 1979) of research activity at Sorin Biomedica in the fields of cardiac and neuromuscular stimulation, from 1980 to 1981 he was consultant for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Cambridge (U.S.A.) and researcher at the NeuroMuscular Research Lab. of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston (U.S.A.).

In 1980 he started his research activity in the neuromuscular field at Politecnico di Torino, Torino (Italy) where he was Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications. From 1989 to 1994 he was researcher at the NeuroMuscular Research Center of Boston University and Tenured Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the same University.

In 1997 he estabilished the LISiN (Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System and motor rehabilitation). He has been partner or coordinator of six european projects and two ESA projects.

Prof. Merletti is Member of the Advisory Board of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, of the Editorial Board of Physiological Measurement, and of the Editorial Board of Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. He has been Member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and of the Editorial Board of European J. of Applied Physiology. He has been Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Medical Engineering and Physics (1999), of a Special Issue of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (2000), of a Special Issue of Physiological Measurement (2009), and of a Special Issue of Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering (2011). He has been President of the Congress of Biomedical Engineering in Exercise and Sport (March 2006) and President of the Congress of the International Society for Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (June 2006).

Among his publications in the field of engineering of the neuromuscolar system there are five international books, four chapters in international books, more than 200 articles in international journals, about 30 articles in Italian journals, and over a hundred publications in proceedings of international congresses.

Alberto Botter

Researcher

Alberto Botter is M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. Since 2006, he is with the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System of Politecnico di Torino. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino.

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Alberto Botter was born in Biella in 1980. He obtained the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2005 and in 2011 respectively. Since 2006 he is with the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino.

His main expertise are in the areas of signal processing applied to biomedical signals, basic and applied physiology of the neuromuscular system, surface electromyography, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation. He has an extensive experience on the study of muscle response to electrically induced contractions. Recently, his activities have been focused on the integration of high density EMG and ultrasonographic techniques for non-invasive investigation of electrical and mechanical properties of the muscle.

Dr. Botter is author/co-author of about 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, he is part of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Exercise Physiology, and serves as a reviewer for several international journals. He has one international patent application concerning a novel technique for simultaneous ultrasonic and electromyographic imaging of the muscle. Dr. Botter accumulated extensive teaching experience by participating as invited lecturer in international courses and by providing his didactic services at Politecnico di Torino.

Taian Vieira

Senior post-doc fellowship

Dr. Vieira has earned the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2006. He is post-doc fellow at Politecnico di Torino.  He earned several international awards. He is member of the Editorial Board of three peer-reviewed journals and member of the Executive Council of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis.

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Dr. Taian Vieira was Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1980.  He graduated in Motor Sciences at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2005.  In 2007, he obtained the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the same university.  With a doctoral scholarship provided by the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq), in 2011 he obtained the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy).  Since then, he has been working in the fields of muscle neurophysiology, posture control, EMG-Biofeedback and electrical stimulation applied to healthy and disabled subjects.

Throughout his doctoral studies, Dr. Taian Vieira received two presentation awards by international, scientific societies.  In 2011, he was the inaugural winner of the Emerging Scientist Award of the International Society of Biomechanics, sponsored by Prof. Carlo De Luca.

From September 2011 to August 2016 Dr. Vieira was Associate Professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.  In addition to the teaching experience accumulated as Associate Professor, Dr Vieira was invited to hold lectures within international courses and conferences.

Dr. Taian Vieira has established collaborations with researchers in Italy and abroad.  These collaborations have resulted in successful, grant applications; Dr. Taian Vieira has participated as PI and Co-PI in research projects funded by international and national agencies.

Dr Vieira has been Member of the Editorial Board of three, peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Physiology.  Within Frontiers in Physiology, he and Dr. Hodson-Tole recently promoted a Special Issue on the spatio-temporal mechanisms underpinning muscle force production.  He has authored nearly 45 manuscripts published in high-impact journals in the field of health sciences and biomedical engineering.  Currently, Dr. Taian Vieira serves as reviewer for several, peer reviewed journals.

Andrea Cereatti

Assistant Professor at the University of Sassari

He has earned the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering cum laude in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2006. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Sassari (Italy). He served as board of directors of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis and of the 3-D Analysis of Human Movement Technical Group of the ISB.

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Andrea Cereatti Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of ROMA TRE cum laude (2002) and obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Bologna (2006) (winner of the Italian National Bioengineering PhD thesis award “Alberto Mazzoldi”, 2007). From June 2008, he hold a position as Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Sassari, from September 2016, he is Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). From 2009 to 2013, elected executive council member of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis (SIAMOC) and from 2014, elected member at large of the 3-D Analysis of Human Movement Technical Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (3DHMA). Reviewer for 20+ international scientific journals in the fields of Biomechanics and Bioengineering, member of the Editorial Board for the journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics and the International Journal of Orthopaedics. Co-authors of more than 100 publications including peer reviewed international journals (40), book chapters (6) and abstract in national and international conferences (80+). Inventor of a patent entitled “A device for measuring the knee angular displacements” (2011). His research focuses on the biomechanics of human movement and on the definition of methods, modelling techniques and protocols that improved the insight into human motor function and allow for the clinical assessment of individual’s motor capacity and performance. Inside the field of movement analysis, his research can be divided into three main streams of interests that are linked with each other: a) Methods for high/medium resolution joint kinematics estimation; b) Wearable sensors for locomotor ability assessment; c) Methodologies for neuro-muscular rehabilitation.

Teresa Subaryani Soedirdjo

Post doc fellow

Post-doctoral fellow of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System of Politecnico di Torino. Her current research activity focuses on the effect of fatigue on the neuromuscular system.

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Teresa Subaryani Soedirdjo obtained the M.Eng. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2011 from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. In 2016 she obtained the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She is currently post-doctoral fellow of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System of Politecnico di Torino.

Her main expertise are in the areas of signal processing applied to biomedical signals, basic and applied physiology of the neuromuscular system, and surface electromyography. Together with Alberto Botter and Marco Gazzoni, her current research activity is the study of the effects of fatigue on the neuromuscular system.

She authored/co-authored one publication in peer-reviewed journals and 9 contributions in international congresses.

PhD Students

Giacinto Luigi Cerone

PhD student

Giacinto Luigi Cerone is a M.Sc. Biomedical Engineer. Actually, he is a PhD student of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System at Politecnico di Torino. His main activity concerns the hardware, firmware and software design of devices for  bio-signal acquisition and electrical stimulation.

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Giacinto Luigi Cerone obtained the M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering summa cum laude from Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, in 2014. He is currently a PhD student of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System at Politecnico di Torino.

His main activity concerns the hardware, firmware and software design of innovative biomedical devices for bio-signal acquisition systems and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

He has an extensive experience on the study and development of wireless body sensor networks interfacing with mobile devices and designed innovative analog front-end for bio-signal acquisition.

In 2013 he obtained a Lagrange Research fellowship on the development of game-based sEMG biofeedback systems for motor rehabilitation.

Currently, he is involved in the technology transfer of two EMG acquisition systems to industrial partners and the development of an innovative neuromuscular stimulator.

Talita Peixoto Pinto

PhD student

PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino, she conducts research in the field of basic and applied physiology of the neuromuscular system. Her current research activity focuses on neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning the muscle force control in healthy subjects and stroke patients.

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Talita P. Pinto is graduated in Physical Education and, in December 2012, obtained her M.Sc. in Physical Education, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a doctoral scholarship provided by the Brazilian Research Council (Ciência sem Fronteiras – CAPES), she is a PhD candidate in Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Her main expertise concerns the areas of basic and applied physiology of the neuromuscular system, surface electromyography, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and postural control. Her current research activities are focused on the study of the effects of stroke on the neuromuscular system, which are conducted with the support of Taian Vieira and Marco Gazzoni and in collaboration with the IRCCS Ospedale San Camillo.

She authored/co-authored 3 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 9 abstracts in national and international congresses. She also acts as a reviewer for national and international journals. Talita Pinto gained teaching experience as invited professor for the courses “Kinesiology” and “Introduction to biostatistics” at a Brazilian, Federal University, in 2012.

Fabio Vieira dos Anjos

PhD student

PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, conducts research in the fields of the control of human standing balance and surface electromyography. His research interests are directed to biofeedback techniques for the improvement of balance control.

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Fabio V. dos Anjos is graduated in Physical Education and, in December 2012, obtained his M.Sc. in Physical Education, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a doctoral scholarship provided by the Brazilian Research Council (Ciência sem Fronteiras- CAPES), he is a PhD candidate in Electronics Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

His main expertise are  in the research fields of the control of human standing balance and surface electromyography. Of his key interest is the possibility of using biofeedback systems based on biological-related signals (i.e., electromyograms) to improve balance control especially in aged subjects. Initial investigations, funded through the Italian ministerial funding program PRIN and the Brazilian Research Council, have been conducted in collaboration with local elderly communities and with the support of Taian Vieira and Marco Gazzoni.

As PhD student, he has published 2 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 1 peer-reviewed paper in international conference and served as a reviewer for international journals. Fabio V. dos Anjos gained somewhat teaching experience as invited professor for the courses Kinesiology and Introduction to Biostatistics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has interest in future collaborations to gain experience in his research area.

Davide Mastrapasqua

Technician

Born in 1986 in Moncalieri (Torino, Italy), he obtained his high school degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at IIS Primo Levi in 2005. Since 2006, he works as hardware laboratory technician at the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System of Politecnico di Torino.

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Davide Mastrapasqua obtained the high school degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at IIS Primo Levi in 2005. Since 2006 he is the hardware laboratory technician/ supervisior of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System (LISiN) of Politecnico di Torino His main expertise is in the design development and test of prototypes for electrophysiological and biomechanical measurements and of wearable sensors for high density multichannel sEMG detection. He has specific competences on software tools for the printed circuits design (Electronic Design Automation – EDA) and mechanical parts design (Mechanical Design Automation – MDA). Moreover, he deals with rapid prototyping techniques, in particular on software tools for FDM prototyping and CNC machining (Computer Aided Manufacturing – CAM) using open source platforms. He is also the supervisor of the hardware laboratory supporting the users in the correct use of devices and instruments, in particular from the electrical safety point of view.

Guest PhD Students

Matilde Bertoli

PhD student

Matilde Bertoli is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at the Universities of Sassari and Rome “La Sapienza”. Her main focus is on movement analysis, both with wearable devices and 3D optoelectronic stereophotogrammetric systems. In particular, the subject of her Ph.D. thesis is the estimation of gait spatio-temporal parameters in straight walk and turns, from the analysis of inertial data recordings on healthy and pathological subjects.

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Matilde Bertoli was born in Turin, Italy, in 1989. She received her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2014. She spent one year as research assistant in the Motion Analysis Lab at Spaulding Rehab Hospital, Boston, where she became familiar with optoelectronic video system, force platforms, surface EMG recording, and especially with wearable sensors (mostly Inertial Measurement Units).

She is currently enrolled in a PhD at “La Sapienza” (Rome), working with the AIMA Lab at the University of Sassari, Italy, and with the Balance Disorder Lab at OHSU, Portland, Oregon. Her research focus is on biomechanics, and how it can be applied to clinical assessment of individual’s motor capacity and performance. Her work aims at improving the insight into human motor function from the collection and analysis of inertial data on healthy and pathological populations. She is author of 4 conference papers/posters in national and international congresses.

Stefano Bertuletti

PhD student

Stefano Bertuletti is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at the Universities of Sassari and Rome “La Sapienza”. The subject of his Ph.D. thesis is the estimation of some spatial-temporal gait parameters on healthy and pathological subjects integrating the data provided by a magneto-inertial measurement unit and up to three time-of-flight proximity sensors.

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Stefano Bertuletti obtained the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, in 2015 with a thesis on “Development of a wearable sensor platform to monitor skin and environmental parameters”. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at the Universities of Sassari and Rome “La Sapienza” with particular interests in wearable devices and human movement reconstruction using Magneto-Inertial Measurement Unit (MIMU), proximity sensors and 3D optoelectronic stereo-photogrammetric systems. Actually, Stefano Bertuletti is working with U. Della Croce (UniSS), A. Cereatti (UniSS), M. Caldara (UniBG) and D. Comotti (UniBG – 221e Srl) on the development of a new wearable platform (patent filed in January 2017) aimed at measuring some spatial-temporal gait parameters (e.g. inter-foot distance, step and stride length and time, etc.) by fusing the data provided by a MIMU and a network of up to three Time-of-Flight infrared proximity sensors. He is author of 5 conference papers/posters in national and international congresses.