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Leonardo Mattos is a Team Leader within the Biomedical Robotics area of the IIT's Advanced Robotics Department. He is also the Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Coordinator of the EU FP7 project μRALP - Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery. Leonardo began working with robots and automation systems while attending the COTUCA-UNICAMP technical high school in Campinas, Brazil, from which he earned a technical degree in electronics in 1992. He maintained his involvement in automation while attending the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil, from which he received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1998.After college Leonardo gained industry exposure and hands-on experience with robots and automated machines while working for Fanuc America Corporation in the United States. His interests in research and development of new technologies, however, took him back to school, and he started graduate studies at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2001. There he joined the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (CRIM) as a Research Assistant, where he worked in several multi-disciplinary projects in the areas of bio-robotics, medical robotics, e-textiles, evolutionary robotics, mobile robotics, instrumentation, and acoustics. Leonardo earned his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004, and his Ph.D. degree also in Electrical Engineering in 2007, both from NCSU. Since October 2007 he has been a researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy. Leonardo is a member of the IEEE, IEEE EMBS, IEEE RAS, and Eta Kappa Nu (HKN).

Leonardo’s research interests include robot-assisted surgery, microsurgery and micromanipulation, human-computer interfaces, computer vision, teleoperation, adaptive controllers and automation. He is mainly focused on the design of novel user interfaces, automated controllers, and on the integration of systems to improve the consistency, efficiency, and safety of operations traditionally performed manually. His research includes robot-assisted laser microsurgery, robot-assisted biomanipulations, micromanipulation automation, medical image processing, and assistive systems for people with disabilities. Leonardo’s research involves strong collaborations with medical doctors and neuroscience researchers. He is very interested in technology transfer to areas that can directly impact the health and well-being of people.

Selected Publications

Recent Journals (from 2013)

Fichera, L., Pardo, D., Illiano, P., Ortiz, J., Caldwell, D., Mattos, L., “Online Estimation of Laser Incision Depth for Transoral Microsurgery: Approach and Preliminary Evaluation,” The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, DOI 10.1002/rcs.1656, March 2015

Dagnino, G., Mattos, L., Caldwell, D., “A Vision-Based System for Fast and Accurate Laser Scanning in Robot-Assisted Phonomicrosurgery,” International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, DOI 10.1007/s11548-014-1078-9, vol.10(2), pp. 217-229, February 2015

Barbalata, C., Mattos, L., “Laryngeal Tumor Detection and Classification in Endoscopic Video,” IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (JBHI), DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2014.2374975, December 2014

Pardo, D., Fichera, L., Caldwell, D., Mattos, L., “Learning temperature dynamics on agar-based phantom tissue surface during single point CO2 laser exposure,” Neural Processing Letters Journal, Springer, DOI 10.1007/s11063-014-9389-y, October 2014

Mattos, L., Deshpande, N., Barresi, G., Guastini, L., Peretti, G., “A Novel Computerized Surgeon–Machine Interface for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery,” The Laryngoscope, DOI: 10.1002/lary.24566,  August 2014

Becattini, G., Mattos, L., Caldwell, D., “A Fully Automated System for Adherent Cells Microinjection,” IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, vol. 18, No. 1, January 2014

Becattini, G., Mattos, L., Caldwell, D., “A Visual Targeting System for the Microinjection of Unstained Adherent Cells,” Computers in Biology and Medicine, 43(2), pp. 109-120, Elsevier, February 2013

 

Recent Conferences (from 2013)

Deshpande, N., Mattos, L., Caldwell, D., “Motorized 2-DOF Spherical Orienting Mechanism for Laser Micromanipulation in Trans-oral Laser Microsurgeries,” (accepted) Proceedings of The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, London, UK, June 2015

Penza, V., Bacchini, S., Ciullo, A., De Momi, E., Forgione, A., Mattos, L., “Label-based Optimization of Dense Disparity Estimation for Robotic Single Incision Abdominal Surgery,” (accepted) Proceedings of The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, London, UK, June 2015

Penza, V., Ortiz, J., Mattos, L., Forgione, A., De Momi, E., “Soft Tissue 3D Reconstruction Optimized with Super-pixel Segmentation for Robotic Abdominal Surgery,” (accepted) CARS 2015 - Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery - 29th International Congress and Exhibition, June 2015

Deshpande, N., Mattos, L., Caldwell, D., “New Motorized Micromanipulator for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery,” (accepted) Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015), Seattle, USA, May 2015

Fichera, L., Pardo, D., Illiano, P., Caldwell, D., Mattos, L., “Feed Forward Incision Control for Laser Microsurgery of Soft Tissue,” (accepted and nominated for Best Paper Award in 3 categories) Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015), Seattle, USA, May 2015

Schoob, A., Lekon, S., Kundrat, D., Kahrs, L., Mattos, L., Ortmaier, T., “Comparison of Tablet-Based Strategies for Incision Planning in laser Microsurgery,” SPIE Medical Imaging 2015, Orlando, USA, February 2015.

Pardo, D., Fichera, L., Caldwell, D., Mattos, L., “Thermal supervision during robotic laser microsurgery,” Proceedings of the5th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2014), August 2014

Penza, V., De Momi, E., Bertini, A., Bussi, A., Zaltieri, R., Mattos, L, Forgione, A., “Enhanced vision system to improve safety in robotic single incision laparoscopic surgery,” Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria Conference (GNB2014), Pavia, Italy, June 2014.

Deshpande, N., Ortiz, J., Caldwell, D., Mattos, L., “Enhanced Computer-Assisted Laser Microsurgeries with a ‘Virtual Microscope’ Based Surgical System,” Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), Hong Kong, China, June 2014

Barresi, G., Deshpande, N., Mattos, L., Brogni, A., Guastini, L., Peretti, G., Caldwell, D., “Comparative Usability and Performance Evaluation of Surgeon Interfaces in Laser Phonomicrosurgery,” Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2013), DOI 10.1109/IROS.2013.6696871, Tokyo, Japan, November 2013

Fichera, L., Pardo, D., Mattos, L., “Supervisory System for Robot Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery,” 2013 International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013, DOI 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6610631, Osaka, Japan, July 2013

Fichera, L., Pardo, D., Mattos, L., “Modeling Tissue Temperature Dynamics during Laser Exposure,” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN 2013), DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-38682-4_12, Tenerife, Spain, June 12–14, 2013

Deshpande, N., Mattos, L., Barresi, G., Brogni, A., Dagnino, G., Guastini, L., Peretti, G., Caldwell, D., “Imaging based Metrics for Performance Assessment in Laser Phonomicrosurgery,” Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013), DOI 10.1109/ICRA.2013.6631269, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 2013

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I numeri di IIT

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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IIT: the numbers

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.

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