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Monica Gori

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Unit for Visually Impaired People
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Monica Gori is a tenured senior scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), where he leads the Unit for Visually Impaired People (U-VIP) laboratory. Her lab comprises 23 scientists (8 Ph.D., 7 PostDocs, 1 Technician, 5 Affiliated Researchers). Monica Gori is an expert on development, multisensory integration, visual disability, and spatial perception. She graduated in psychology from the University of Florence in 2004
(cum laude). She received her Ph.D. degree in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genoa and IIT in 2009. From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). During her Ph.D. she interacted with a strong multidisciplinary environment starting collaborations with engineers and clinical institutes (e.g. Chiossone Institute and Stella Maris Institute). During this period, she started important collaborations with prof. Juergen Konczac (Minnesota University, USA) and with prof. Melvin Goodale (Ontario University, Canada). Monica is a recipient of the European Research Council (ERCstarting grant MySpace 2021 (~€1.5 million, www.myspaceproject.eu ). She was the scientific coordinator of two large European grants, FP7 project ABBI (~€2 million, www.abbi.eu ) and Horizon-2020 project WeDraw (~€2.5 million, www.wedraw.eu ) and partner in two ITN H2020 Marie Curie project: MultiTouch and Optivist and Supervisor in the TIRESIA Horizon-2020 Global Marie Curie project. She has coordinated as a principal investigator of several technology transfer initiatives such as JOiiNT lab at Mondino research Hospital San Martino Research Hospital and is the author of a patent. She is a recipient of the TR35 Italian Innovation Award 2012 (price for young innovators), winner of the SmartCup in 2015, Finalist of the Engineering and Technology for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021, recognized as "Expert" by Expertscape plans in 2021 ranked in the top1% of scholars writing about disabled persons in the past 10 years and listed in 100 Esperte in 2016 (woman in science). The impact of her work on the scientific community can be summarized by 130 international papers, 8 book chapters, and many conferences' abstracts. Internationally accepted indices of impact and productivity show that her work has received 2878 citations, leading me to an H-index of 26 (ORCID ID orcid.org/0000-0002-5616-865X; Scopus Research ID: 23491803400;   ResearcherID: A-1238-2014). One of her works has been listed in the faculty of 1000 (Gori et al. Curr Biol, 2008). Two of her studies have been highlighted in editorial opinions, by  Marc Ernst (Current Biology 2008) and by Andrew King (Brain 2014). In the last 15 years, Monica Gori studied human sensory neuroscience, particularly multisensory abilities, in children and adults with and without impairment. She used state-of-art neuroscience techniques, including psychophysics, computational modeling, evoked potential recordings. She applied the scientific findings to the development of new multisensory technological solutions for children and adults in the field of rehabilitation, learning and game. The research addresses most major themes of sensory interaction, including cross-modal calibration, child development, blindness, deafness, motor impairment, cortical reorganization, cortical plasticity, spatial perception and temporal perception.  More recently, her research has expanded to include multisensory perception in infancy, the development of multisensory rehabilitative and supportive technology for early intervention, psychopathology disorders, sleep and adaptability of the developmental system

Lab activity:
Italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGg0SB8rj1U
English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSsDLUS_UQ 

ERC MySpace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a5hUYubHVE 

TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAz_Qx6xcRQ

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/

MySpaceProject: www.myspaceproject.eu 

Top Publications
2021
Gori M., Campus C., Signorini S., Rivara I., Bremner A.
Multisensory spatial perception in visually impaired infants
Current Biology
Article Journal
2021
Campus C., Signorini S., Vitali H., De Giorgis V., Papalia G., Morelli F., Gori M.
Sensitive period for the plasticity of alpha activity in humans
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 49
Article Journal
2020
Inuggi A., Pichiecchio A., Ciacchini B., Signorini S., Morelli F., Gori M.
Multi-systemic increment of cortical thickness in congenital blind children
Cerebral Cortex Communications, vol. 1, (no. 1)
Article Journal
2020
Gori M., Amadeo M.B., Campus C.
Temporal cues trick the visual and auditory cortices mimicking spatial cues in blind individuals
Human Brain Mapping, vol. 41, (no. 8), pp. 2077-2091
2016
Gori M., Cappagli G., Tonelli A., Baud-Bovy G., Finocchietti S.
Devices for visually impaired people: High technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 69, pp. 79-88
All Publications
2021
Domenici N., Tonelli A., Gori M.
Adaptation to high-frequency vibrotactile stimulations fails to affect the clock in young children
Current Research in Behavioral Sciences
Article Journal
2021
Martolini C., Cappagli G., Saligari E., Gori M., Signorini S.
Allocentric spatial perception through vision and touch in sighted and blind children
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 210
Article Journal
2021
Ahmad H., Tonelli A., Campus C., Capris E., Facchini V., Sandini G., Gori M.
An audio-visual motor training improves audio spatial localization skills in individuals with scotomas due to retinal degenerative diseases
Acta Psychologica, vol. 219
Article Journal
2021
Domenici N., Inuggi A., Tonelli A., Gori M.
A Novel Android App to Evaluate and Enhance Auditory and Tactile Temporal Thresholds
43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Conference Paper Conference
2021
Esposito D., Bollini A., Gori M.
Audiomotor Contributions To The Audiospatial Calibration of The Horizontal Plane
8th International Conference on Spatial Cognition
Abstract Report Conference
Dissemination
2019
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innovazione sostenibile
i territori della sostenibilità
Public Event
2019
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Tante modalità sensoriali ma un solo percetto: tecnologia per la riabilitazione e l’apprendimento
Pintof Science
Public Event
2018
Gori M.
Dalla psicologia allo sviluppo di tecnologie per il bambino
Inspirational talk
Public Event
2018
Gori M.
La Comunicazione tra i Sensi nel Bambino
Comune di Prato incontro con le scuole e i ragazzi
Public Event
2018
Gori M.
Mi presento e vi racconto la mia storia
Inspiring girls Role model-Genoa
Public Event
Scientific Talks
2021
Martolini C., Cappagli G., Signorini S., Gori M.
Development of spatial coding skills in visually impaired and blind children
ICSC 2021- 8th International Conference on Spatial Cognition
Conference
2021
Gori M.
Exploiting recerach experience
Multiouch ITN International Training Network
Workshop/Symposium
2021
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Exploiting research experience
MultiTouch ITN workshop
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Martolini C., Amadeo M.B., Campus C., Cappagli G., Gori M.
Impact of audio-motor training on spatiotemporal representations in long-term late blindness
European Conference on Visual Perception ECVP2021
Conference
2021
Amadeo M.B., Gori M.
Integrazione multisensoriale e percezione del tempo nella psicosi
XXII Congresso AIP Sezione Sperimentale
Workshop/Symposium
Oral presentations
2021
Domenici N., Tonelli A., Gori M.
Deaf People Use Visual Compensatory Strategies to Estimate Time Events
XXVII Congresso Nazionale AIP Sezione Psicologia Sperimentale
Conference
2021
Cappagli G., Chinn L., Hoffmann M., Lockman J., Gori M., Signorini S.
Differential effects of visual impairment on body reaching during development
XVII Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Psicologia della Sezione di Psicologia Sperimentale
Conference
2021
Gori M., Vitali M., Signorini S., De Giorgis V., Papalia G., Morelli F., Campus C.
How the lack of vision affects the development of alpha activity in the earliest stages of life
European Conference of Vision Perception
Conference
2021
Tonelli A., Togoli I., Arrighi R., Gori M.
How the sense of number is influenced by auditory deprivation.
European Conference on Visual Perception ECVP 2021
Conference
2021
Zanchi S., Cuturi L.F., Sandini G., Gori M.
Idiosyncratic benefits in multisensory spatial navigation
8th International Conference on Spatial Cognition
8th International Conference on Spatial Cognition
Conference
Awards and Achievements
2021
Gori M.
ABBI: Audio Bracelet for blind Interactions
2021
Gori M.
Expertscape Expert in Disabled Persons: top 1% of scholars writing about Disabled Persons over the past 10 years
2021
Gori M.
Finalist of the Engineering and Technology for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021
2021
Gori M.
MySpace, ERC Grant
2021
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OptiVist, ITN
Editorships
2021
Gori M.
Interaction studies
2021
Gori M.
i-Perception
2021
Gori M.
Perception
2020-2021
Provenzi L., Signorini S., Maffongelli L., Gori M.
Frontiers in Psychology
2019-2020
Cappagli G., Cuturi L., Senna I., Ernst M., Gori M.
Frontiers in Neuroscience
Organized Events
2021
Gori M., Casado M.
Haptic processing a clinical, neuroscientific, robotic and computational perspectives
2021
Gori M., Setti W., Domenici N.
MultiAbility Game
2021
Giraud F., Gori M., Collignon O., Vatavu R.
Multimodal Augmentation of Haptic Touch Input
2021
Gori M., Murray M., Streir-Amit E., Senna I.
Multisensory development in typical and blind individuals: cortical organization and technology
2021
Gori M., Murray M.M., Streir-Amit E., Senna I.
Multisensory development in typical and blind individuals: cortical organization and technology