Leonardo S. Mattos (B.Sc. 1998, M.Sc. 2003, Ph.D. 2007) is a Permanent Researcher and Head of the Biomedical Robotics Laboratory at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT, Genoa). His research background ranges from robotic microsurgery and assistive human-machine interfaces to computer vision and micro-biomanipulation.
Leonardo received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the North Carolina State University (NCSU, USA), where he worked as research assistant at the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (CRIM) from 2002 until 2007. Since then he has been a researcher at the IIT’s Department of Advanced Robotics.
Dr. Mattos leads a team of 20 researchers and technicians at IIT and collaborates closely with other institutions, including hospitals and industry. So far, Leonardo has been a key player in securing over 8 million Euros for research through externally funded projects. He was the PI and coordinator of the European project µRALP – Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery, and is currently the PI and coordinator of the translational project Robotic Microsurgery and of the TEEP-SLA project, which is dedicated to the creation of new interfaces and assistive systems for ALS patients. Dr. Mattos is also participating to the project Sistemi Cibernetici Collaborativi - Teleoperation and leading a work package in the ndustrial project Smart Injections.
Leonardo has graduated 13 PhD students and is currently supervising another 5 PhD candidates. He is the author or co-author of 5 patents and more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and has been the chair and main organizer of several international scientific events, including the 9th Joint Conference on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS 2019), which was held together with the Italian Polispecialistic Society of Young Surgeons and attended by over 1200 clinicians and engineers. In addition, he often serves as editor and reviewer for important international journals and conferences, such as Nature, Journal of Medical Robotics Research, Robotics and Automation Letters, ICRA, IROS and other publications.