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Monica Gori

Researcher Tenure Track - Principal Investigator
Tenure Track Researcher

Research Line

Unit for Visually Impaired People

Center

IIT Central Research Labs Genova

Contacts

Center for Human Technologies Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B
+39 010 2897 217
+39 0108172217
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About

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 92 international papers, 5 book chapters, and many conferences' abstracts. Internationally accepted indices of impact and productivity show that her work has received 1956 citations, leading me to an H-index of 18 in Scopus (ORCID ID orcid.org/0000-0002-5616-865X; Scopus Research ID: 23491803400;   ResearcherID: A-1238-2014and 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) and in 2012 she won the TR35 price for young innovators.

 More information at:

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

https://www.iit.it/research/lines/unit-for-visually-impaired-people

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/

Interests

Multisensory Integration Development Visual Disability Cortical Plasticity Rehabilitation

Projects

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.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

1. Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy, Finocchietti. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, impact factor 10.5 

2. Amadeo, Campus & Gori. Impact of years of blindness on neural circuits underlying auditory spatial representation. NeuroImage, 2019, impact factor 5.4 citations 1 

3.Gori, Multisensory integration, and calibration in children and adults with and without sensory and motor disabilities. Multisensory research 2015, impact factor 1 citations 30

4. Campus, Sandini, Concetta Morrone, & Gori. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans. Scientific Report, 2017, impact factor 4.8, citations 10

5. Cappagli, Cocchi, & Gori. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science, 2017, impact factor 3.98 citations 23

6. Faculty of 1000, Gori, Del Viva, Sandini & Burr 2008, ‘Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information’, Current Biology. impact factor 8.9 Citations 25

7. Gori, Sandini, Martinoli & Burr 2010, ‘Poor haptic orientation discrimination in non-sighted children may reflect’, Current Biology. impact factor 8.9 Citations 70

8. Gori, Sandini, Martinoli and Burr 2014Impairment of auditory spatial localization in congenitally blind human subjects. ; We also had the journal cover. Brain impact factor 10.3 Citations 82

9. Konczak, Sciutti, Avanzino, Squeri, Gori, Masia, Abruzzese, Sandini, Parkinson’s disease accelerates age-related decline in haptic perception 2012 Brain impact factor 10.3 Citations 46

10. Gori, Sandini, Burr Development of visuo-auditory integration in space and time. 2012 Frontiers in integrative neuroscience impact factor 4.5 Citations 66

11. Gori, Tinelli, Sandini, Cioni, Burr (2012) Impaired visual size-discrimination in children with movement disorders. Neuropsychologia. impact factor 4.3 Citations 28

12. Gori, Giuliana, Sandini, Burr Visual size perception and haptic calibration during development 2012 Developmental Science impact factor 3,98 Citations 24

13. Burr (2012) Impaired visual size-discrimination in children with movement disorders. Neuropsychologia. impact factor 4.3 Citations 24

Awards

  • 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

    AWARDS and HONOURS 

  • 2008 F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18 (9)"
  • 2012 TR35 Giovani Innovatori
  • 2015 Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

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