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Claudio Campus

Senior Technician

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Unit for Visually Impaired People


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


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Claudio Campus graduated in Physics (2005) and received the PhD in Neuroscience (2009) at the University of Genoa, Italy. For the duration of his PhD he was member of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). He collaborated with the Centre of Sleep Medicine and with the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit of the University of Genoa. From 2009 joined as a post-doc the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy and from 2016 became a technician within the same institution. Currently he is supporting reseach in the field of sensory substitution interfaces aimed at improving orientation and mobility of visually impaired users. He jointly considers neurophysiological, neuropsychological, subjective and behavioral complementary aspects. He is expert in signal processing, biostatistics, neurophysiology.




Selected Publications


XV Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Medicina del Sonno, Roma, Italy, 27-30 November 2005:

  • F. De Carli, C. Campus, M. Lisanti, F. Ferrillo,“EEG structure during sleep and its relationship with cardiac and respiratory activity”.

18th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Innsbruck, Austria, September 12-16 2006

  • Claudio Campus, Fabrizio De Carli, Maria Lisanti, Franco Ferrillo. “Sleep EEG microstructure and heart rate in normal sleep and in association with breathing disorders”.

  • Sergio Garbarino,Fabrizio De Carli,Claudio Campus, Maria Lisanti, Stefania Donadio , Cecilia Manfredi, Cuomo Gianni, Franco Ferrillo. “The contributing role of sleepiness in alcohol ascribed vehicle accidents”.

  • S. Donadio, F. Ferrillo, M. Allena, E. Bozano, C. Campus, F. De Carli, M. Lisanti,

L. Nobili. “A mathematical model of sleep as tool for the detection of parameters characterizing sleep disorders”.

XVII Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Medicina del Sonno, Palermo, Italy, 7-10 October 2007:

  • F. Ferrillo , M. Allena, C. Campus, S. Garbarino, C. Manfredi, E. Morrone, D. Rossi Sebastiano, F. De Carli. “Variazioni dell’ EEG associate ai movimenti periodici delle gambe durante il sonno non REM

19th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Glasgow, Scotland, September 9-13 2008

  • C. Campus, F. De Carli, E. Morrone, S. Garbarino, F. Ferrillo. “The contributing role of alcool and sleepiness in vehicle accidents”.

XL Congresso Società Italiana di Neurologia, Padova 21-25 novembre 2009.

  • F. Nobili, D. Arnaldi, C. Campus, S. Morbelli, A. Brugnolo, B. Dessi, D. Mazzei, F. Famà, L. Marinelli, F. De Carli, G. Sambuceti, G. Abbruzzese, G. Rodriguez. “The influence of nigrostriatal dopaminergic dysfunction on cognition of de novo Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients”.

  • D. Arnaldi, C. Campus, F. Nobili, D. Mazzei, F. Spizzica, F. Famà, B. Dessi, G. Rodriguez. “Duplex scan evaluation of internal carotid artery (ica) stenosis: is diastolic blood velocity a secondary or primary parameter?”

Tactile sensing workshop @ Humanoids '09 - Humanoids09 9th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

  • Campus C., Brayda L., Rodriguez G., Chellali R. “Evaluating visuo-tactile sensory substitution for navigation in virtual worlds: preliminary neurophysiological assessment and results on a tactile-based interface”. In Proceedings of Humanoids09 9th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

12th Virtual Reality International Conference (VRIC 2010), 7-9 April 2010, Laval, France.

  • Luca Brayda, Claudio Campus, Guido Rodriguez and Ryad Chellali, Understanding the transfer from tactile feedback to spatial 3D representation through EEG using a virtual reality-based sensory substitution device, in Proceedings of Laval Virtual - 12th Virtual Reality International Conference (VRIC 2010), 7-9 April 2010, Laval, France.

ICSR 2010 : International Conference on Social Robotics.

  • Luca Brayda, Claudio Campus, Ryad Chellali and Guido Rodriguez. Objective evaluation of spatial information acquisition using a visuo-tactile sensory substitution device. In Proceeding of International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2010) 23rd-24th November 2010 Singapore

ACM International conference on Human factors in computing systems (ACM CHI 2011)

  • Luca Brayda, Claudio Campus, Ryad Chellali, Guido Rodriguez and Cristina Martinoli. An investigation of search behaviour in a tactile exploration task for sighted and non-sighted adults. ACM CHI 2011, 7-12 May 2011, Vancouver, Canada

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting (HFES 2011)

  • Claudio Campus, Luca Brayda, Ryad Chellali, Cristina Martinoli, and Guido Rodriguez. A neurophysiological and behavioral investigation of tactile spatial exploration for sighted and non-sighted adults. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting September 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 55: 227-231

IEEE symposium on Haptic Audio-Visual Environments and games (IEEE HAVE 2012)

  • Luca Brayda, Claudio Campus. Conveying perceptible virtual tactile maps with a minimalist sensory substitution device

EANM'12 Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine

  • S. Morbelli, R. Conzi, C. Campus, G. Cittadini, I. Bossert, M. Massollo, C. Marini, C. Ghersi, S. Fiordoro, E. Giglio, P. Perfumo, L. Derchi, G. Sambuceti. Impact of contrast-enhanced 18F-FDG PET/CT in clinical oncology: tumor-, site- and question-based comparison with standard PET/CT

IEEE World Haptics Conference 2013, the 5th Joint Eurohaptics Conference and the IEEE Haptics Symposium (IEEE WHC 2013)

  • Luca Brayda, Claudio Campus, Monica Gori. What you touch is what you get: self-assessing a minimalist tactile sensory substitution device.

Eurohaptics 2014

  • Memeo, M.; Campus, C.; Lucagrossi, L.; Brayda, L. Similarity of blind and sighted subjects when constructing maps with small-area tactile displays: performance, behavioral and subjective aspects.

International Conference on Computers Helping People with special needs 2014

  • Memeo, M.;Campus, C.;Brayda, L. Do blind subjects differ from sighted subjects when exploring virtual tactile maps?

IEEE transactions on haptics, 2015

  • Brayda L, Campus C, Memeo M, Lucagrossi L, The importance of visual experience, gender and emotion in the assessment of an assistive tactile mouse.

European Conference of Paediatric Neurology

  • EEG modulation in cerebral palsy and healthy children during action observation compared to execution

  • EEG modulation during grasping movements of both hands in children affected by hemiplegic cerebral palsy

European Conference on Visual Perception ECVP 2016

  • Campus C., Sandini G., Morrone MC., Gori M. Spatial but not temporal bisection of sound sources elicit early occipital cortex responses in human

  • Tonelli A., Campus C., Serino A., Gori M. Echolocation modifies your peripersonal space

  • Aggius-Vella E., Campus C., Finocchietti S., Gori M.Auditory space around the body

International Multisensory Research Forum 2016


European Conference on Visual Perception ECVP 2017

  • Amadeo M.B., Campus C., Gori M. Time attracts space perception in young children

  • Aggius-Vella E., Campus C., Gori M. Indirect visual influence on different spaces around the body.

Vision Science Society 2017

  • Aggius-Vella E., Campus C., Gori M. Role of senses in representing portions of spaces around our body

International Multisensory Research Forum 2017

  • Tonelli A., Brayda L., Campus C., Serino A., Gori M. Investigate echolocation with sighted people

  • Amadeo M.B., Campus C., Gori M. Impact of years of blindness on neural circuits underlying spatial perception

  • Campus C., Sandini G., Gori M. Building auditory spatial metrics elicits stronger early occipital response in sighted than in blind individuals

3rd Symposium of Lausanne University Hospital Neuroscience Research Conter 2017

  • Tonelli A., Campus C., Serino A., Gori M. Auditory training with echolocation modifies your peripersonal space.

Papers on journals

  • Allena M, Campus C, Morrone E, De Carli F, Garbarino S, Manfredi C, Sebastiano DR, Ferrillo F. Periodic limb movements both in non-REM and REM sleep: relationships between cerebral and autonomic activities. Clin Neurophysiol. 2009 Jul;120(7):1282-90. Epub 2009 Jun 7.

  • Allena M, Morrone E, De Carli F, Garbarino S, Manfredi C, Rossi-Sebastiano D, Campus C. Periodic limb movements both in non-REM and REM sleep. A response to Drs. Manconi, Ferri and Ferini-Strambi. Clin Neurophysiol. 2009 Nov;120(11):1995-7. Epub 2009 Oct 14.

  • Nobili F, Campus C, Arnaldi D, De Carli F, Cabassi G, Brugnolo A, Dessi B, Morbelli S, Sambuceti G, Abbruzzese G, Rodriguez G. Cognitive-nigrostriatal relationships in de novo, drug-naïve Parkinson's disease patients: a [I-123]FP-CIT SPECT study. Mov Disord. 2010 Jan 15;25(1):35-43.

  • Nobili L, Ferrara M, Moroni F, De Gennaro L, Russo GL, Campus C, Cardinale F, De Carli F. Dissociated wake-like and sleep-like electro-cortical activity during sleep. Neuroimage. 2011 Sep 15;58(2):612-9. Epub 2011 Jun 21.

  • Nobili F, Arnaldi D, Campus C, Ferrara M, De Carli F, Brugnolo A, Dessi B, Girtler N, Morbelli S, Abruzzese G, Sambuceti G, Rodriguez G. Brain perfusion correlates of cognitive and nigrostriatal functions in de novo Parkinson's disease. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2011 Dec;38(12):2209-18. Epub 2011 Jul 9.

  • Nobili F, Morbelli S, Arnaldi D, Ferrara M, Campus C, Brugnolo A, Mazzei D, Mehrdad N, Sambuceti G, Rodriguez G. Radionuclide brain imaging correlates of cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD). J Neurol Sci. 2011 Nov 15;310(1-2):31-5. Epub 2011 Jul 16. Review.

  • Rodriguez G, Arnaldi D, Campus C, Mazzei D, Ferrara M, Picco A, Famà F, Colombo BM, Nobili F. Correlation between Doppler velocities and duplex ultrasound carotid cross-sectional percent stenosis. Acad Radiol. 2011 Dec;18(12):1485-91. Epub 2011 Sep 1.

  • Arnaldi D, Campus C, Ferrara M, Famà F, Picco A, De Carli F, Accardo J, Brugnolo A, Sambuceti G, Morbelli S, Nobili F.What predicts cognitive decline in de novo Parkinson's disease? Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Jun;33(6):1127.e11-20. Epub 2012 Jan 5.

  • Arnaldi D, Morbelli S, Morrone E, Campus C, Nobili F.Cognitive impairment in degenerative parkinsonisms: role of radionuclide brain imaging. Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2012 Feb;(1):55-67.

  • Campus C, Brayda L, De Carli F, Chellali R, Famà F, Bruzzo C, Lucagrossi L, Rodriguez G.Tactile exploration of virtual objects for blind and sighted people: the role of beta 1 EEG band in sensory substitution and supra-modal mental mapping. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Feb 15.

  • Girtler N, Brugnolo A, Campus C, De Carli F, Famà F, Ghio L, Robert P, Barbieri MP, Delmonte M, Venuti S, Gabrielli F, Rodriguez G, Nobili F.The Short Cognitive Evaluation Battery in Cognitive Disorders of the Elderly - Italian Version. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2012 Jun 11;33(4):255-265.

  • Brayda L., Campus C. and Gori M. Predicting successful tactile mapping of virtual objects. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, vol. 6, pp. 473-483, 1939-1412

  • Morbelli, S.; Conzi, R.; Campus, C.; Cittadini, G.; Bossert, I.; Massollo, M.; Fornarini, G.; Calamia, I.; Marini, C.; Fiz, F.; Ghersi, C.; Derchi, L.E.; Sambuceti, G. Contrast-enhanced [18 F] fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography in clinical oncology: tumor-, site-, and question-based comparison with standard positron emission tomography/computed tomography. Cancer Imaging : the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society [2014, 14:10]

  • Picco A, Morbelli S, Piccardo A, Arnaldi D, Girtler N, Brugnolo A, Bossert I, Marinelli L, Castaldi A, De Carli F, Campus C, Abbruzzese G, Nobili F, European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. 2015, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 1062-1070

  • L. Maffongelli, E. Bartoli, D. Sammler, S. Kölsch, C. Campus, E. Olivier, c, L. Fadiga, e, A. D’Ausilio. Distinct brain signatures of content and structure violation during action observation. Neuropsychologia,75, August 2015, Pages 30–39

  • M. Geronazzo, A. Bedin, L. Brayda, C. Campus, F. Avanzini. Interactive spatial sonification for non-visual exploration of virtual maps International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Volume 85, January 2016, Pages 4–15.

  • Capitanio S, Bongioanni F, Piccardo A, Campus C, Gonella R, Tixi L, Naseri M, Pennone M, Altrinetti V, Buschiazzo A, Bossert I, Fiz F, Bruno A, DeCensi A, Sambuceti G, Morbelli S.Comparisons between glucose analogue 2-deoxy-2-((18)F)fluoro-D-glucose and (18)F-sodium fluoride positron emission tomography/computed tomography in breast cancer patients with bone lesions. World J Radiol. 2016 Feb 28;8(2):200-9.

  • Campus C., Sandini G., Concetta Morrone M., Gori M. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans Scientific Reports, vol. 7, (no. 1) DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-09142-z

  • Marini F., Squeri V., Morasso P., Campus C., Konczak J., Masia L. Robot-aided developmental assessment of wrist proprioception in children Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 14, (no. 1) DOI 10.1186/s12984-016-0215-9

  • Pozzo T., Inuggi A., Keuroghlanian A., Panzeri S., Saunier G., Campus C. Natural Translating Locomotion Modulates Cortical Activity at Action Observation Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, vol. 11, (no. 83) DOI 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00083

  • Inuggi A., Bassolino M., Tacchino C., Pippo V., Bergamaschi V., Campus C., de Franchis V., Pozzo T., Moretti P. Ipsilesional functional recruitment within lower mu band in children with unilateral cerebral palsy, an event-related desynchronization study Experimental Brain Research, pp. 1-11 DOI 10.1007/s00221-017-5149-3

  • Garbarino S., Guglielmi O., Campus C., Mascialino B., Pizzorni D., Nobili L., Mancardi G.L., Ferini-Strambi L. Corrigendum to “Screening, diagnosis, and management of obstructive sleep apnea in dangerous-goods truck drivers: to be aware or not?” [Sleep Med. 2016;25:98–104] (S1389945716301538) (10.1016/j.sleep.2016.05.015)) Sleep Medicine, vol. 32 DOI 10.1016 j.sleep.2016.12.002

  • Aggius-Vella E., Campus C., Finocchietti S., Gori M. Audio spatial representation around the body Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 8, (no. NOV) DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01932


ESRS travel grant (18th ESRS congress 2006).


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