Myosens Team

Fellows

Davide Cattin

Davide Cattin (MS 2005, PhD 2009). In 2009 joined the Dept. of Management and Engineering, University of Padova (Vicenza branch). From 2010 to 2011 he has been research fellow at the same institution. From 2011 to 2012 joined the Ohnishi Laboratory at Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, as assistant professor.

In 2012 joined the Robotics and Kinematics Laboratory at Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo (FOSC) in Lido di Venezia, Italy, as project worker. Main research topic was muscle synergies as index and tool for motor rehabilitation.

Since June 2013 joined FerRobotics GmbH, Linz, Austria, as secondment from FOSC, in the framework of the European project MYOSENS, for the development of a pneumatic 3DOF robot for motor rehabilitation.

Role in Myosens: He is in charge of the further development of the pneumatic robot, to design suitable control laws for motor rehabilitation and verify their effectiveness in ictus survivors.

Clara Genna

Clara Genna earned her Master of BioEngineering from University of Padua (Italy) in 2011. She enriched her experience working with multi-disciplinary team in San Camillo Foundation, (Italy). Currently, she is employed in MYOSENS as Early Stage Researcher seconded from San Camillo to Ottobock (Germany). The current topic is to provide robotic devices with a sensory motor integration for stroke rehabilitation.

Cornelia Hartmann

Cornelia Hartmann is a graduate engineer who received her diploma in 2008 from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. After having worked for four years in prosthetics research and development at Otto Bock HeathCare, Germany, she was seconded to the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany, in 2012 for the MYOSENS project as an early stage researcher. Within the secondment, she started work on her PhD on closed-loop prosthetic control with electrotactile feedback.  

Andrei Ninu

Andrei Ninu received his Diploma (equivalent to M.Sc.) in mechatronics from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania in 1997.  Until 2000 he was Teaching Assistant at the Department Robotics and Industrial Informatics of the same university in Iasi, Romania, then until 2002 at the Institute of Handling Devices and Robotics in Vienna, Austria. For more than 10 years, until 2012, he was Software Engineer in the Department of Research and Development at Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH, Vienna, Austria. He received his PhD Degree in biomedical engineering from the Faculty of Informatics, Technical University Vienna in 2013. He is currently Research Scientist at the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center, Göttingen, Germany, recruited as experienced researcher in the EU funded project MYOSENS. His interest research includes haptic stimulation technologies, psychophysics, haptic sensation and perception, sensory substitution, prosthetics and assistive devices, motor control, virtual reality systems, neurorehabilitation, rehabilitation robotics.

Liliana Paredes

Liliana Paredes received her BSc in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and her MSc in Biomedical Engineering from The Technical University of Vienna. After working 1.5 years with OttoBock HealthCare GmbH in Duderstadt-Germany, she is currently seconded within Myosens to Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo (FOSC), working towards a PhD in robot assisted rehabilitation technologies for stroke patients.

Her research interests include myoelectric control and closed-loop control with augmented feedback for robotic rehabilitation of the upper limb following the principles of neuroscience.

Role in Myosens: She is an early state researcher in the MYOSENS project and in charge of the knowledge transfer of the industrial applications of myoelectric control (in OttoBock) to the clinics (in FOSC). Additionally, she aims to apply the knowledge in closed-loop control acquired in the academics (in Department of neurorehabilitation Engineering, Goettingen) into the robotic rehabilitation in clinical applications (in FOSC).

Principal Investigators

Dario Farina

Dario Farina is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. In this position, he is also the Chair for NeuroInformatics of the BFNT Göttingen. Prof. Farina is the current President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award for his contributions to biomedical signal processing and to electrophysiology. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement.

Paolo Ferrara

Paolo Ferrara seconded from FerRobotics to UMG  and to FOSC is an expert in industrial and rehabilitation robotics for upper limbs. In his secondments he acquired knowledge in stimulation, artefacts elimination and stroke rehabilitation in general. Future R&D steps on the robot will be based on this expertise

Bernhard Graimann

Bernhard Graimann received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in 2002. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the BCI Lab, TU Graz, and at IAT, University of Bremen in bio-signal processing, pattern recognition and machine learning with applications in brain-computer communication and rehabilitation robotics. Since 2006, he has been Universitätsdozent at the Institute of Knowledge Discovery, Graz University of Technology, Austria.  In 2008, he became the Scientific Coordinator for Neurotechnology at Otto Bock HealthCare (OBHC). In this position, his main responsibility is the coordination of research projects with national and international academic and industrial partners. Since 2010, he has been the leading expert for neurotechnology at OBHC.

David Ram

Home Institution: tyromotion

CEO/ Head Research & Development @ tyromotion

10 years experience in R&D of rehabilitation robotics

Mechanical Engineer, Mechatronics (University of Technology Graz)

Host Institution: UMG

Completed secondment (ER2) from tyromotion to UMG for 4 month 

Role in MYOSENS

Expert for rehabilitation robotics, particularly AMADEO

Work packages: Controlling rehabilitation robotics by EMG and Re-Learning motor tasks in open and closed-loop

Andrea Turolla

Andrea Turolla is the coordinator of the “Laboratory of Kinematics and Robotics” and the scientific responsible of the institutional research line on “Innovative Technologies and Rehabilitation” at the IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo, Venice (Italy). He’s member of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation and the national representative of physiotherapists within the Italian Society for Neurorehabilitation. The core of his research focuses on neurophysiology of the motor system and motor control, virtual reality, robotics and telerehabilitation for neurorehabilitation, with a particular interest on studying how cortical and muscle synergies activations are enhanced by motor rehabilitation therapies specifically based on motor learning mechanisms. He is visiting professor in “Rehabilitation of the Musculoskeletal Disease” at the University of Genova and in “Professional practice for neurorehabilitation” at the University of Padova. He’s currently joining the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield (UK).