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Center for Human Technologies Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B 16152 Genova, Italy
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Present and past positions

  • 2013-present  : Postdoc Researcher at RBCS @ IIT, Genova, Italy (Prof. Thierry Pozzo, Prof. Giulio Sandini).
  • 2012-2013      : Postdoc Reasearcher at the Neuroimaging Research Unit @ San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy (Prof Massimo Filippi).
  • 2009-2012      : Postdoc Researcher at the Faculty of Psychology @ University of Murcia, Spain (Prof. Luis Fuentes).
  • 2006-2009      : PhD student in Experimental Neurology @ INSPE, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy (M.D. Letizia Leocani, Prof. Giancarlo Comi).
  • 2001-2006      : Part time technician/researcher in the Clinical Neurophysiology department @ San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy (M.D. Letizia Leocani).
  • 2000               : Biomedical Engineer Bachelor. Thesis in Artificial Intelligence @ Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy (Prof. Marco Somalvico).


  • 2014-present  : Adjunct Professor of “Advanced EEG analyses” and “Research oriented structural and functional medical imaging” courses within the PhD program in Bioengineering and Robotics, Universita degli studi di Genova.
  • 2006-2009      : Adjunct Professor of “Biomedical Electronic” and “Computer Science” courses in Neurophysiopathology postgraduate school. Università Vita-Salute, San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

Neuroscience methodologies

  • EEG   : sensor and sources analysis, ERP and ERSP (time-frequency) 
  • MRI    : sequence design, fMRI task implementation. Analysis of anatomical (VBM, DTI, TBSS, Tractography) and functional (resting state, task-related, within & between RSN connectivity) data
  • TMS   : single/double pulse, motor mapping, silent period, neuronavigated 

 Software Expertise

  • Senior software developer: C, C++, VC++, VB, C#, Java, Android, Matlab, Bash, tcl, Php, html, Javascript, postgreSQL, mySQL, Angular, Ionic.
  • Hardware interfacing.
  • Professional user of FSL, SPM, Brainvision, Neuroscan Curry & Scan, SoftTaxic, Psychtoolbox, E-Prime, R, SPSS

Other past professional experiences

  • (2000-2008) Freelance senior software developer : desktop and full-stack web applications.
  • IT courses tutour (Html, Adobe Flash, Java) 




PI of ALLSPEAK (2016-2018) : An Automatic Speech Recognition Android App for ALS patients.


Selected Publications

International Publications

  1. Canu E, Agosta F, Mandic-Stojmenovic G, Stojković T, Stefanova E, Inuggi A, Imperiale F, Copetti M, Kostic VS. Multiparametric MRI to distinguish early onset Alzheimer's disease and behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia. NeuroImage: Clinical, IN PRESS.
  2. Markovic M, Agosta F, Canu E, Inuggi A, Petrovic I, Stankovic I, Imperiale F, Stojkovic T, Kostic VS, Filippi M. The role of habenula and amygdala dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease patients with punding. Neurology, IN PRESS
  3. Imperiale F, Agosta F, Canu E, Markovic V, Inuggi A, Jecmenica-Lukic M, Tomic A, Copetti M, Basaia S, Kostic VS, Filippi M. Brain structural and functional signatures of impulsive-compulsive behaviours in Parkinson's disease. Mol Psychiatry. 2017 Mar 7. doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.18
  4. Chieffo R, Straffi L, Inuggi A, Gonzalez-Rosa JJ, Spagnolo F, Coppi E, Nuara A, Houdayer E, Comi G, Leocani L  Motor Cortical Plasticity to Training Started in Childhood: The Example of Piano Players. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 23;11(6):e0157952. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157952. eCollection 2016.
  5. García Santos JM, Inuggi A, Gómez Espuch J, Vázquez C, Iniesta F, Blanquer M, María Moraleda J, Martínez S. Spinal cord infusion of stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy shows metabolite improvement in the precentral gyrus. Cytotherapy. 2016 Jun;18(6):785-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jcyt.2016.03.296.
  6. Vastano R, Inuggi A, Vargas CD, Baud-Bovy G, Jacono M, Pozzo T. Tactile perception during action observation. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Sep;234(9):2585-94. doi: 10.1007/s00221-016-4663-z. Epub 2016 May 9.
  7. Inuggi A, Sassi F, Castillo A, Campoy G, Leocani L, Fuentes L. Cortical response of the Ventral Attention Network to unattended angry facial expressions; an EEG source analysis study. Front Psychol. 2014 Dec 19;5:1498
  8. Coppi E, Houdayer E, Chieffo R, Spagnolo F, Inuggi A, Straffi L, Comi G, Leocani L. Age-related changes in motor cortical representation and interhemispheric interactions: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Front Aging Neurosci. 2014 Aug 11;6:209.
  9. Agosta F, Caso F, Stankovic I, Inuggi A, Petrovic I, Svetel M, Kostic VS, Filippi M. Cortico-striatal-thalamic network functional connectivity in hemiparkinsonism. Neurobiology of Aging; 35:2592-602.
  10. Inuggi A, González-Salinas C, Valero V, Sanz-Arigita E, García Santos JM, Fuentes LJ. Brain Functional Connectivity Changes in Children that Differ in Impulsivity Temperamental Trait. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2014; 8:156.
  11. Agosta F, Canu E, Inuggi A, Chiò A, Riva N, Silani V, Falini A, Comi G, Filippi M. Resting state functional connectivity alterations in primary lateral sclerosis. Neurobiology of Aging. 2014;35:916-25.
  12. Sassi F, Castillo A, Campoy G, Inuggi A, Fuentes L.Task difficulty and response complexity modulates affective priming by emotional facial expressions. 2013. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  13. Gonzalez-Rosa JJ, Inuggi A, Blasi V, Cursi M, Annovazzi P, Martins Silva A, Comi G, Falini A, Leocani L. Response competition and response inhibition during different choice-discrimination tasks: evidence from simultaneous EEG-fMRI. Int J Psychophysiol. 2013 Jul;89(1):37-47.
  14. Hernandez M, Guerrero GD, Cecilia JM, Garcia JM, Inuggi A, Jabdi S, Behrens TEJ and Sotiropoulos SN. Accelerating Fibre Orientation Estimation from Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging using GPUs; 2013, PLoS ONE 8(4): e61892
  15. Chieffo R., Inuggi A, Straffi L, Coppi E, Gonzalez-Rosa JJ, Spagnolo F, Poggi A, Comola M, Comi G, Leocani L. Mapping early changes of cortical motor output after subcortical stroke: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Brain Stimulation, 2012, 6:322–329
  16. Riva N, Falini A, Inuggi, A., Gonzalez-Rosa JJ,  Fazio R, Amadio S, Cerri F, Del Carro U, Comola M, Comi G, Leocani L. Cortical activation to voluntary movement in motor neuron disease is related to the extent of corticospinal damage: electrophysiological evidence. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2012 Aug;123(8):1586-1592
  17. Inuggi A, Riva N, González-Rosa JJ, Amadio S, Ninfa A, Fazio R, Del Carro U, Comi G, Leocani L. Compensatory movement-related cortical recruitment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with dominant upper motor neuron signs: an EEG source analysis study. Brain Research, 2011, 1425:37-46.
  18. Inuggi A, Amato N, Magnani G, González-Rosa JJ, Chieffo R, Comi G, Leocani L. Cortical control of unilateral simple movement in healthy aging, Neurobiology of Aging., 2011, 32:524-538.
  19. Inuggi A, Filippi M, Rocca MA, Chieffo R, Agosta F, González-Rosa JJ, Comi G, Leocani L. Motor area localization using fMRI-constrained cortical current density reconstruction of movement-related cortical potentials, a comparison with fMRI and TMS mapping. Brain Research, 2010, 1308:68-78.
  20. Comi E, Annovazzi P, Silva AM, Cursi M, Blasi V, Cadioli M, Inuggi A, Falini A, Comi G, Leocani L. Visual evoked potentials may be recorded simultaneously with fMRI scanning: A validation study. Human Brain Mapping, 2005, 24:291-298.

Invited talks & Lectures

  • 2017 - Lecture at the University of Murcia, Spain: “Role of the source analysis in the interpretation of the ERP”
  • 2014 - SEPEX/SEPNECA, Murcia, Spain: “Neuroimaging marker of impulsive behaviour”
  • 2014 - Lecture at the University of Murcia, Spain: “Structural and functional connectivity in the human brain”,
  • 2011 - ECCN, Rome, Italy: “The effect of aging and ALS disease on the bereitshaftspotentials cortical generators”
  • 2007 - SINC, Palermo, Italy: “Cortical Sources Analysis: problems and limits”
  • 2005 - SINC, Rome, Italy: “EEG-fMRI co-registration, research applications”


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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.

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.