Marco Paleari was born in Turin (Italy) in 1981. He studied telecommunications engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) where he obtained a bachelor degree (ISCED 4A) in 2003 and a master degree in 2006.
In 2004/2005 Marco spent a year at EURECOM (Sophia Antipolis, France) and he received an engineering diploma in computer science. During this time Marco also obtained a master degree from the Ecole Politechnique de l'universitè de Nice Sophia Antipolis in computer science with a specialization on multimedia. For his Master thesis, Marco spent 6 months as intern in the Affective Computing Social Group (Sophia Antipolis, France), where he worked on the interactions between artificial intelligence and emotions.
In January 2006 he joined the EURECOM institute as Ph.D. Candidate at the Multimedia Information Processing Group in the Corporate Communication Departement under the supervision of prof. Benoit Huet.
In October 2009 Marco obtained his Ph.D. degree presenting a thesis titled "Affective Computing: Display, Recognition, and Computer Synthesis of Emotions".
In January 2010 Marco moved to Genova to work as a Post Doc at the TEleRobotics and Applications Department at IIT.
Since January 2011 Marco is employed in IIT@Polito Center for Sustainable Future Technologies
His research interests includes bioelectric signal acquisition and processing, electronic design, robotics, rehabilitation and neurorehabilitation, affective computing (recognition, generation/simulation, and display), ubiquitous computing, multimedia indexing and retrieval, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.
At IIT@PoliTo we have been working on the development of a mechatronic rehabilitative device for the hand. In 2015 we participated to Start-Cup Piemonte e Valle d'Aosta with a device (called ReHand) which does so with a particular under-actuated (patent pending) technique. I'm acting as CEO of this venture.
In 2016 ReHand Technologies obtained the third prize at the Daejeon (South Korea) 2016 IROS StartUp contest. In 2017 ReHand Technologies participated to the Entrepreneurship Award at the European Robotic Forum in Edinburgh (Scotland - UK) and was awarded with the third price. in 2017 it was also featured in several printed, TV and Radio programs.
ReHand is currently a working prototype at TRL 4/5: we have demonstrated the principle under patent and tested the device in controlled environments. Currently we are seeking seed funding to bring the device to market.
In 2014 IIT and INAIL launched a partnership, financed by INAIL itself, for the development of upper and lower limb prosthetic and rehabilitative devices. In Turin, IIT is responsible for the develompment of the electronic sEMG interfaces (single electrodes, multi-electrodes, ...) and for the control software. I am helping coordinating the technical team (with Paolo Ariano) and cooperating in this project as advisor for the control software (mainly developing pattern recongnition techniques).
The MoRA feasibility study is a Regional project financed by the Mechatronic Pole of Piedmont region with the objective of studying a novel human computer interface in the shape of an electromyography - accelerometer wireless wearable armband.
IIT is in partnership with OTBioelettronica for this project and I am the principal investigator for the scientific part.
The HExEC project is about building and controlling a soft exoskeleton for the human hand. IIT CSHR is collaborating on this project with Politecnico di Torino and various companies from the Piedmont region.
Marco, is working on this project as scientific coordinator (together with Paolo Ariano) as well as on most of the technical parts regarding challenging control of the soft exoskeleton via forearm EMG (ElettroMyoGraphy).
The aim of such a device is to help people performing everyday activity by fostering and promoting the natural hand movements. This project has a huge impact to domains such as helderly care and stroke rehabilitation but its outcomes are in line with the center for space human robotics project on EVA (space Extra Vehicular Activities) glove exoskeleton and could be also used for prostetics and many other terrestrial applications.
CaDeT main objective is to conceive, build, and demonstrate CApture and DEorbiting Technologies such as a spaceship with integrated 3D vision capabilities approach the space debris, capture it and finally safely deorbit it. I took in charge the selection of the 3D vision technologies to be used in the close spaceship approach phase.
IROS 2016 - Start-Up competition, third place
European Robotic Forum 2017 - Entrepreneurship Award, third place