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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 E., Bremner A.J.
Multisensory spatial perception in visually impaired infants
Current Biology, vol. 31, (no. 22), pp. 5093-5101
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
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)
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
Review Journal
All Publications
2022
Zanchi S., Cuturi L.F., Sandini G., Gori M., Ferrè E.R.
Altered gravity disrupts spatial navigation
27th ELGRA Biennial Symposium & General Assembly
Poster Conference
2022
Setti W., Tata F., Sabatini S.P., Gori M.
Audio drawing and working memory in blindness: design, development and validation of a multi-sensory system
44th International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference
Conference Paper Conference
2022
Esposito D., Bollini A., Gori M.
Audio-motor conflict triggers allocentric reasoning in an egocentric task
International Summer School of Neuroengineering "Massimo Grattarola"
Poster Conference
2022
Tonelli A., Amadeo M.B., Setti W., Gori M.
Audiotactile ventriloquist effect in sighted and blind children
22nd conference of European Society for Cognitive Psychology
Poster Conference
2022
Aggius-Vella E., Gori M., Campus C., Moore B.C.J., Pardhan S., Kolarik A.J., Van der Stoep N.
Auditory distance perception in front and rear space
Hearing Research, vol. 417
Article Journal
Dissemination
2022
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Abbattiamo i muri col suono
The italian network RayPlay
Media
2022
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ABBI, WeDraw and Virtual Reality setup
Interview at RaiNews24
Media
2022
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I nostri sensi sono la nostra finestra sul mondo
Festival delle conoscenze
Public Event
2022
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I nostri sensi sono la nostra finestra sul mondo
Festival delle conoscenze
Public Event
2022
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L’integrazione multisensoriale: tecnologie per la riabilitazione
ANSA
Media
Scientific Talks
2022
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Differenze interindividuali e città
Workshop for information exchange between SMEs and users
Workshop/Symposium
2022
Amadeo M.B., Gori M.
Elaborazione multisensoriale e anomalie nella percezione temporale nella psicosi
XXVI Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicopatologia
Conference
2022
Gori M., Amadeo MB., Pavani F., Campus C.
Hearing the visual rhythm and seeing the audio space: early cortical sensory responses in typical but not in blind and deaf individuals
International Multisensory Research Forum
Conference
2022
Gori M., Amadeo M.B., Bertonati G., Pavani F., Claudio C.
Hearing the visual rhythm and seeing the audio space: early cortical sensory responses in typical but not in blind and deaf individuals.
IMRF
Conference
2022
Amadeo M.B., Campus C., Gori M.
Low-level supramodal activation of sensory cortices during complex spatial and temporal tasks
International Multisensory Research Forum
Conference
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
2022
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𝗚𝗶𝗼𝗰𝗵𝗶 𝗢𝗹𝘁𝗿𝗲 𝗶 𝗟𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗶 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮
2022
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Intervista
2022
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iReach ERC PoC (Proof of Concept) of
2022
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Ricostruire meglio: la tecnologia inclusiva in un mondo post Covid19
2022
Esposito D., Bollini A., Gori M.
Student Poster Award
Editorships
2022-2022
Gori M., Tonelli A., Nava E.
Frontiers in Neuroscience
2021
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Interaction studies
2021
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i-Perception
2021
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Perception
2020-2021
Provenzi L., Signorini S., Maffongelli L., Gori M.
Frontiers in Psychology
Organized Events
2022
Gori M., Campus C., Vitali H.
Nuove tecnologie alla scoperta dei nostri sensi
2021
Gori M., Casado M.
Haptic processing a clinical, neuroscientific, robotic and computational perspectives
2021
Gori M., Setti W., Domenici N.
MultiAbility Game
2021
Gori M., Domenici N., Setti W.
MultiAbility Game: Abbattiamo le barriere con il gioco multisensoriale
2021
Giraud F., Gori M., Collignon O., Vatavu R.
Multimodal Augmentation of Haptic Touch Input