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Jody Saglia

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Jody Saglia received his Bachelor's Degree in Automation Engineering and Master's Degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin in 2004 and 2007 respectively. He carried out research in robotics in Finland at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), working on the design and control of mobile robots. He has been a researcher at King's College since 2006 and received his PhD degree in 2010. He also received a Master Degree in Technology Transfer and Management of Innovation from the University of Genoa in 2014.

He has been a Postdoc researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Department of Advanced Robotics since 2010, working on the design and development of rehabilitation and assistive technologies for the lower body.

Currently, he is Team Leader at IIT working on projects for the development of rehabilitation robots and exoskeleton systems for Spinal Cord Injury subjects.

His research interests are rehabilitation robotics, mechatronic design, actuation systems, human-robot interaction and clinical evaluation of medical devices.

He is also interested in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups that commercialize the results of academic research.

Selected Publications

PhD Dissertation

Development of a High Performance Ankle Rehabilitation Robot - ARBOT

 

Journal Papers

J. Saglia, J.S. Dai and D.G. Caldwell, Geometry and Kinematic Analysis of a Redundantly Actuated Parallel Mechanism that Eliminates Singularity and Improves Dexterity, Transactions of the ASME: Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 130, no. 12, page 124501_1-5, 2008.

 

J. A. Saglia, N. Tsagarakis, J. S. Dai and D. G. Caldwell, A High Performance Redundantly Actuated Parallel Mechanism for Ankle Rehabilitation, to appear on International Journal of Robotic Research, Special Issue on Medical Robots, Vol. 28, No. 9, pp. 1216-1227, September 2009.

 

J.A. Saglia, N.G. Tsagarakis, J.S. Dai and D.G. Caldwell, Inverse-Kinematics-Based Control of a Redundantly Actuated Platform for Rehabilitation, Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, IMechE Proceedings, Part I, vol. 223, no.1, page 53-70, 2009.
This paper has been awarded the 2009 PE Publishing Prize by the Editor and Editorial Board of the Journal of Systems and Control Engineering.

 

 

Conference Papers

J. A. Saglia and J. S. Dai, Geometry and Kinematics Analysis of a Redundantly Actuated Parallel Mechanism for Rehabilitation, Proceedings of DETC’07, ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, September 4-7, 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada.


J. A. Saglia, N. Tsagarakis, J. S. Dai and D. G. Caldwell, A High Performance 2-dof Over-Actuated Parallel Mechanism for Ankle Rehabilitation, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Kobe, Japan, 12-17 May, 2009.

 

J. A. Saglia, N. Tsagarakis, J. S. Dai and D. G. Caldwell, Control Strategies for Ankle Rehabilitation using a High Performance Ankle Exerciser, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Anchorage, Alaska, US, May 3-8 , 2010.

 

J.A. Saglia, N.G. Tsagarakis, J.S. Dai and D.G. Caldwell, 2010, Actuation Force Control of a Redundantly Actuated Parallel Mechanism for Ankle Rehabilitation, ORTHOPAEDICS 2010, Brunel University, West London, UK, June 2010.


J.A. Saglia, N.G. Tsagarakis, J.S. Dai and D.G. Caldwell, 2010, Assessment of the Assistive Performance of an Ankle Exerciser using Electromyographic Signals, IEEE 32nd International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology, EMBC, Buenos Aires, 31th August - 4th September.

 

 

Patents

 

J.A. Saglia, N.G. Tsagarakis, J.S. Dai and D.G. Caldwell, 2009, TO2009A000042, Italian, Attuatore lineare e dispositivo di riabilitazione incorporante tale attuatore.


J. A. Saglia, N.G. Tsagarakis, J.S. Dai and D.G. Caldwell, 2010, International Patent Application PCT/IB2010/050310, Linear actuator and rehabilitation device incorporating
such actuator.

 

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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

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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.