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Maria Laura DAngelo

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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab


IIT Central Research Lab Genova


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Maria Laura D'Angelo received her M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering with biomedical specialization and her B.S in Biomedical Engineering, at Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona). The idea of her thesis work was the identification and implementation of new applications for the realization of contactless and low cost technologies. The objective of that work was the development of a measurement system for the detection of heart rate through the “Kinect for Windows”.

After her Master Thesis, she spent 6 months at the University of Bristol: the project has been primarily focused at non-contact methods of assessing the structural health of large biological structures such as trees. The aim of the project was to assess the feasibility of using non-contact laser vibrometry to gather data on a tree's dynamic response to various mechanical excitations.

She obtained the PhD in the Bioengineering and Robotics program of the University of Genoa in the IIT department of ADVR. She worked on the construction of different haptic devices in order to detect, in a very early stage, people affected by Peripheral Neuropathy disease as Tunnel Carpal Syndrome. These devices, will help doctors during the "screening" and "pre-screening" phase.


Selected Publications


M. L. D. Angelo, F. Cannella, P. Liberini and D. G. Caldwell, "Development and validation of a tactile sensitivity scale for peripheral neuropathy screening," 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, IL, 2014, pp. 4823-4826


M. L. D’Angelo, F. Cannella, M. Memeo, M. D’Imperio and M. Bianchi. "Preliminary Fingertip Pressure Area Distribution Via Experimental Test And Numerical Model" submitted to the 2015 XXI IMEKO World Congress "Measurement in Research and Industry". Prague (Czech Republic) 30Aug-4Sept, 2015.

Miguel, E.; D'Angelo, M. L.; Cannella, F.; Bianchi, M.; Memeo, M.; Bicchi, A.; Caldwell, D.G.; Otaduy, M.A., "Characterization of nonlinear finger pad mechanics for tactile rendering," in World Haptics Conference (WHC), 2015 IEEE , vol., no., pp.63-68, 22-26 June 2015

M. L. D’Angelo, F. Cannella, M. Memeo, M. D’Imperio and M. Bianchi. "Study of Patients Self-Training Influence on Peripheral Neuropathies Diseases Diagnosis through D.I.T.A Device" submitted to the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, Milan (Italy) August 25-29, 2015.

Edoardo Battaglia, Matteo Bianchi, Maria Laura D’Angelo, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Antonio Bicchi. "A Finite Element Model of Tactile Flow for Softness Perception" submitted to the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, Milan (Italy) August 25-29, 2015.


M. L. D’Angelo, F. Cannella, D. G. Caldwell. “Fingertip Recovery Time Depending on Viscoelasticity” submitted to Eurohaptic 2016. 4-7 July 2016 Imperial College London (UK)

M. L. D’Angelo, F. Cannella, “Remote Monitoring Chronical Illness Multi Point Preliminary Study”, submitted to EMBC 2016. 16-19 August 2016 Orlando (Florida, USA)

D'Angelo, M.L, Cannella, F, Bianchi, M, D'Imperio, M, Battaglia, E, Poggiani, M, Rossi, G, Bicchi, A, Caldwell, D.G. “An Integrated Approach to Characterize the Behavior of a Human Fingertip in Contact with a Silica Window”, in press IEEE Transactions on Haptics


CAE Poster Award 2015

During the International CAE Conference held to Pacengo del Garda (Verona) from 19th to 20th  October 2015, I participated a Poster Award competition. My poster  called “FINITE ELEMENT MODEL OF  HUMAN FINGERTIP” was selected within the best 5 posters ( and I won one award. The poster was focused on the finite element modeling (FEM) of the fingerpad, as already showed in the TOH journal. The award consists in one year of free license of Modefrontier  software that, I currently use during my work.


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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

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.