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 60international papers, 2 book chapters and many conferences' abstracts. Internationally accepted indices of impact and productivity shows that her work has received 734 citations, leading her to an H-index of 14 in Scopus (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5616-865X). In 2014, she was awarded the ABBI project (FP7, ICT-2013.5.3, contribution of about 2 millions) and in 2016 she was awarded the WeDraw project (H20202, ICT 22-2016, contribution of about 2.5 millions). In both she is the scientific coordinator. 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:
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.