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Giacinto Barresi

Post Doc
Researcher in Human-Machine Interaction

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Advanced Robotics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Via Morego, 30
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As postdoctoral researcher at Biomedical Robotics Laboratory (Advanced Robotics Department), I investigate the behavioural and physiological processes underlying human-machine interaction, according to the methodologies of neuroergonomicsI aim at designing and developing user-centered biomedical technologies, with particular attention to body-machine interfaces and brain-computer interfaces. 

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 were focusing 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 in cognitive ergonomics


Currently I work 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 social communication and environmental exploration. 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. In past, I participated (user studies) to the EU-funded project µRALP (Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery).


Selected Publications

- Claudatos S., De Zambotti M., Sizintsev M., Barresi G., Colrain I.M. & Baker F.C. (2019). 0402 Pre-Sleep Psychophysiological Downregulation in Women with Insomnia Symptoms. Sleep, Volume 42, Issue Supplement_1, April 2019, Page A163. ~ 0402 article of 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, 2018.
- De Zambotti M., Sizintsev M., Claudatos S., Barresi G., Colrain I.M. & Baker F.C. (2019). Reducing bedtime physiological arousal levels using immersive audio-visual respiratory bio-feedback: a pilot study in women with insomnia symptoms. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
- Petrushin A., Tessadori J., Barresi G. & Mattos L.S. (2018). Effect of a Click-Like Feedback on Motor Imagery in EEG-BCI and Eye-Tracking Hybrid Control for Telepresence. In Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics  (AIM 2018), Auckland, New Zealand.
- Petrushin A., Barresi G. & Mattos L.S. (2018). Gaze-controlled Laser Pointer Platform for People with Severe Motor Impairments: Preliminary Test in Telepresence. In Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2018), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
- Schiatti L., Tessadori J., Deshpande N., King L., Barresi G. & Mattos L.S. (2018). Human in the Loop of Robot Learning: EEG-based Reward Signal for Target Identification and Reaching Task. In Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018), May 21-26, 2018, Brisbane, Australia.
- Deshpande N., Peretti G., Mora F., Guastini L., Lee J., Barresi G., Caldwell D. G., & Mattos L. S. (2018). Design and Study of a Next Generation Computer Assisted System for Transoral Laser Microsurgery. OTO Open.
- Olivieri E., Barresi G., Caldwell D. G., & Mattos L. S. (2018). Haptic Feedback for Control and Active Constraints in Contactless Laser Surgery: Concept, Implementation and Evaluation. IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
- Cheng Z., Davies B. L., Caldwell D. G., Barresi G., Xu Q. & Mattos L. S. (2017). A hand-held robotic device for peripheral intravenous catheterization. In Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 231(12), 1165-1177.
- Tessadori J., Schiatti L., Barresi G. & Mattos L.S. (2017). Does Tactile Feedback Enhance Single-Trial Detection of Error-Related EEG Potentials? In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (SMC 2017), Banff, Canada.
- Larradet F., Barresi G. & Mattos L.S. (2017). Effects of Galvanic Skin Response Feedback on User Experience in Gaze-controlled Gaming: A Pilot Study. In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society  (EMBC 2017), Jeju Island, South Korea.
- Schiatti L., Tessadori J., Barresi G., Mattos L.S. & Ajoudani A. (2017). Soft Brain-Machine Interfaces for Assistive Robotics: A Novel Control Approach. In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics  (ICORR 2017), London, UK.
- Chauhan M., Deshpande N., Barresi G., Pacchierotti C., Prattichizzo D., Caldwell D.G., & Mattos L.S. (2017). Design and Control of a Novel Robotic Microsurgical Forceps for Transoral Laser Microsurgery. In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics  (AIM 2017), Munich, Germany.
- Barresi G., Tessadori J., Schiatti L., Mazzanti D., Caldwell D.G., & Mattos L.S. (2016). Focus-Sensitive Dwell Time in EyeBCI: Pilot Study. In Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CEEC 2016), Colchester, UK.
- Chauhan M., Barresi G., Deshpande N., Caldwell D.G., & Mattos L.S. (2016). Novel modular 2-DOF microsurgical forceps for Transoral Laser Microsurgeries: Ergonomic design and preliminary evaluation. In Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society  (EMBC 2016), Orlando, USA.
- Schiatti L., Faes L., Tessadori J., Barresi G., & Mattos L.S. (2016). Mutual information-based feature selection for low-cost BCIs based on motor imagery. In Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society  (EMBC 2016), Orlando, USA.
Barresi G., Olivieri E., Caldwell D.G. & Mattos L.S. (2015). Brain-Controlled AR Feedback Design for Surgical HRI. In Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (SMC 2015), Hong Kong, China.
- Olivieri E., Barresi G., & Mattos L.S. (2015).  BCI-Based  User Training in Surgical Robotics. In Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society  (EMBC 2015), Milan, Italy.
- Mattos L.S., Pardo D., Olivieri E., Barresi G., Ortiz J., Fichera L., Deshpande N. & Penza V. (2015). Microsurgery Systems. In The E-Medicine, E-Health, M-Health, Telemedicine, and Telehealth Handbook (Two Volume Set), Eren H., Webster J. G., (eds.), CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group.
Barresi G., Mazzanti D., Caldwell D.G. & Brogni A. (2014). Repetitive Drag & Drop of AR Objects: a Pilot Study. In Proceedings of 2014 IEEE International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems  (CISIS 2014), July 2-4, 2014, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
- Mattos L.S., Deshpande N., Barresi G., Guastini L. & Peretti G. (2014). A novel computerized surgeon-machine interface for robot-assisted laser phonomicrosurgery. The Laryngoscope. DOI: 10.1002/lary.24566
Barresi G., Deshpande N., Mattos L.S., Brogni A., Guastini L., Peretti G. & Caldwell D.G. (2013). Comparative Usability and Performance Evaluation of Surgeon Interfaces in Laser Phonomicrosurgery. In Proceedings of 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems  (IROS 2013), November 3-7, 2013, Tokyo, Japan, 3610-3615.
Barresi G., Mazzanti D., Caldwell D.G. & Brogni A. (2013). Distractive User Interface for Repetitive Motor Tasks: a Pilot Study. In Proceedings of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems  (CISIS 2013), July 3-5, 2013, Taichung, Taiwan, 588-593.
- Deshpande N., Mattos L.S., Barresi G., Brogni A., Dagnino G., Guastini L., Peretti G. & Caldwell D.G. (2013). Imaging based Metrics for Performance Assessment in Laser Phonomicrosurgery. In Proceedings of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation  (ICRA 2013), May 6-10, 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany, 4850 - 4856.


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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.