As postdoctoral researcher at Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT joint lab, I investigate the cognitive-behavioural and physiological processes underlying human-machine interactions according to the methodologies of neuroergonomics. I aim at designing user-centered prosthetic, assistive, and rehabilitative technologies based on biomedical robotic systems and virtual/mixed reality.
I dedicate special attention to the approaches of serious games and gamification for engaging the users and improving the human-machine interaction training. Furthermore, I'm interested in teaching inclusive and health-oriented game design to make students aware of the difficulties of people with disabilities and of of the motor exercise effects on well-being while they learn how to create interactive systems.
My studies on augmented interaction (brain-controlled augmented reality feedback design for mobile control and for user training in surgical human-robot interaction) allowed me to obtain, on April 2015, a PhD in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies from IIT and University of Genova (Italy). My previous studies focused on cognitive-behavioural disciplines: I received a BSc in Cognitive Psychobiology (animal cognition) and an MSc in Experimental Psychology (psychometrics of user experience) at University of Padova (Italy), working meanwhile as consultant and teacher in cognitive ergonomics.
I currently (December 2019-present) contribute to the projects of the Rehab Technologies INAIL-IIT joint lab to design methods for assessing and enhancing the embodiment of bionic prostheses.
Meanwhile, I collaborate with the technical high school ITIS Delpozzo (Cuneo) on projects for teaching user-centered game design to make students aware of the difficulties of people with motor disabilities (Mindgames) and of the motor exercise effects on well-being (Homework in Motion) while they learn how to create interactive systems.
Previously, within the Biomedical Robotics Laboratory of the Advanced Robotics (ADVR) research line of IIT, I worked on TEEP-SLA, a 3-year (from December 2015 to November 2018, extended to May 2019) project, funded by Fondazione Roma and supported by Fondazione Sanità e Ricerca, for developing novel brain-computer interfaces and brain-robot interfaces to enable people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to interact with devices for their own goals, with particular attention to communication and telepresence. TEEP-SLA is an italian acronym for "Tecnologie Empatiche ed Espressive per Persone con SLA" (Empathic and Expressive Technologies for People with ALS), highlighting how such technologies will interpret the internal state of the users in order to facilitate their volitional acts. Within the same lab, I participated (user studies) to the EU-funded project µRALP (Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery).