Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. She did her PhD in January 2009 at University of Genoa on Humanoid Technologies supervised by David Burr and Giulio Sandini. During her PhD she interacted with a strong multidisciplinary environment starting collaborations with engineers and clinical institutes (e.g. Chiossone Institute and Stella Maris Institute). In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). From 2009 to 2013 she did a Post Doc at the Robotic, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (RBCS) department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. During this period she started important collaborations with prof. Juergen Konczac (Minnesota University, USA) and with prof. Melvin Goodale (Ontario University, Canada). She is now tenure track reseracher leading the Unit U-Vip: Unit for Visually Impaired People at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Monica Gori is an expert of development, multisensory integration, rehabilitation and visual disability. The impact of her work on the scientific community can be summarized by 128 international papers, 5 book chapters, and many conferences' abstracts. Internationally accepted indices of impact and productivity show that her work has received 2400 citations, leading me to an H-index of 25 (ORCID ID orcid.org/0000-0002-5616-865X; Scopus Research ID: 23491803400; ResearcherID: A-1238-2014) and 23 in Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=KleaD-IAAAAJ&hl=it ). She was the scientific coordinator two two large European grants, ABBI (~€2 million) and WeDraw (~€2.5 million). One of her works has been listed in faculty of 1000 (Gori et al. Curr Biol, 2008). In 2012, she won the TR35 price for young innovators. In 2020 Monica won an ERC STG with the MYSpace project. The project will start in January 2021.
More information at:
WeDRAW Project: Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games http://www.wedraw.eu/
ABBI Project: Audio Bracelet for Blind Interactions https://www.abbiproject.eu/
The main problem addressed in my research is to study how unisensory and multisensory perceptual capabilities change and interact during development in children with and without disabilities. In particular I’m investigating how different sensory modalities are integrated during development and how the absence of one modality, in children with sensory disabilities, can impact on other modalities that are not impaired (Gori et al. Current Biology, 2008; Gori et al. Frontiers 2012; Gori et al. Developmental Science 2012; Burr et al. 2011; Burr & Gori 2011; Gori et al. Current Biology, 2010; Gori et al. NeuroPsycholgia 2012). The goal of such activity is to develop new technological solutions to improve the spatial, motor and social ability of children and adults with disability. With this goal I have recently coordinated two european ICT projects, ABBI and weDRAW, which aimed to rehabilitate and facilitate learning in children with visual disability. More information about these two projects are provised below.
ABBI project: coordinated from 2014 to 2017 (Italian Patent Application IT TO2014A000323 (IIT 2013-159) for the ABBI device). Within the ABBI project (http://www.abbiproject.eu/) we developped a new technology soultion based on sensory-motor training to improve spatial, motor and social skills in children with visual impairment. For more info, please look at the videos in italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGg0SB8rj1U and Eniglish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSsDLUS_UQ
weDRAW project: coordinated from 2017- 2019. WeDraw (http://www.wedraw.eu/) examines how to exploit the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory technology and serious games for typical and atypical children. WeDraw is highly interdisciplinary, involving engineers, psychologists, pedagogics, and industrial links. The project exploits knowledge of multisensory integration in the teaching activity of elementary schools.
INVITED PRESENTATIONS AT UNIVERSITIES OR CONFERENCES
2011 UCL and CBCD London, May 2011 invited by Marko Nardini and Prof. A Karmiloff-Smith; University of Hamburg, November 2011, invited by Brigitte Roeder.
2013 Symposium European Conf of Developmental Psychology by D. Maurer Lausanne September.
2014 CBCD London, May 2014 invited by Prof. A Karmiloff-Smith; University of Munich October 2014 invited by Hermann Mueller; Symposium FENS 2014 organized by A.King and J.Rauschecker
2015 Invitation at University of Barcellona by Lopez Moliner.
2016 ESOF Invited talk, organized by Alessandra Sciutti Manchester, UK; Symposium ECVP organized by Montagnini and Bremmer, Barcellona, Spain.
2017 The Rank Prize Funds, Symposium on Learning to See: From Retinal to Brain Computations; Symposiums at IMRF organized by Streim-Amit and Andy Bremner.
Invited talk for ERC starting, June Belgium
2018 Invited talk for ERC starting, May Belgium
Invited talk Workshop SPADE organized by Binda, Burr, Morrone, June Pisa, Italy
Invited talk at the Blind Brain Workshop by Ricciardi, Bottari & Pietrini, Lucca, Italy
Invited talk Paris “Cross-modal Processing from neurophysiology to behaviour” by Claudia Lunghi
Invited talk JBC student-initiated workshop “Visual function acquisition in normal development and following emergence from blindness”, Hebrewe Univerity of Jerusalem, organized by Ehud Zohary
2019 Invited talk for ERC starting, May Belgium
Invited Talk Zangwill Club Seminar, University of Cambridge, Uk
Invited talk Symbiotic Intelligent Systems, Osaka, Japan
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