I am currently the Coordinator of the Rehab Technologies Lab, an innovation lab jointly created by IIT and INAIL to develop new prostheses, exoskeletons and neuromotor rehabilitation devices of high technological impact and market potential.
I hold a M.S. in Physics (Material Science), and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) both from University of Genoa, Italy. In addition I accomplished an extensive training on intellectual property rights and innovation management both in Italy and abroad.
2018 - Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
2013 - 2019 contract Professor at the University of Genoa – Department of Economics - in Collaborative Innovation and Technology Transfer.
2011 - 2020 member of the Governing Board of the “Fondazione Ricerca & Imprenditorialità”, a non-profit organization funded by major Italian banks, large industries and top research institutes to promote innovation and high tech start-up companies.
2016 - 2019, PPR AI "Lower limb Hybrid prosthesis", INAIL grant
2016 - 2019, POR AI "Twin lower limb exoskeleton", INAIL grant
2016 - 2019, POR AS "Float upper limb exoskeleton", INAIL grant
2016 - 2019, PPR AS "Hannes prosthetic hand", INAIL grant
2011 - 2012, European project “Robot Companions for Citizens”, Coordinated Action under FP7, Work Package leader of WP “Innovation, strategy for growth”.
2010 – 2011, project “Textile Touch Pad: development of a tactile control system for electronic devices integrated within textiles” from Regional Funds for Innovation (project budget 110Keuro).
2006 – 2008, project “TIME” – Technologies and Innovation for the South of Italy” funded by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development (coordinator, project budget 1Meuro);
2006, project “Science for Food” financed by the CARIGE Foundation, Italy (coordinator, project budget 150Keuro);
2005 FIRB project “Multidimensional approach to the technology transfer to define effective organisational models", in collaboration with Politechnics of Milan and Fondazione Rosselli