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Tenure Track Researcher

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About

Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. She did her PhD in January 2009 at University of Genoa on Humanoid Technologies supervised by David Burr and Giulio Sandini. During her PhD she interacted with a strong multidisciplinary environment starting collaborations with engineers  and clinical institutes (e.g. Chiossone Institute and Stella Maris Institute). In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). From 2009 to 2013 she did a Post Doc at the Robotic, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (RBCS) department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. During this period she started important collaborations with prof. Juergen Konczac (Minnesota University, USA) and with prof. Melvin Goodale (Ontario University, Canada). She is now tenure track reseracher leading the Unit U-Vip: Unit for Visually Impaired People at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Monica Gori is an  expert of development, multisensory integration, rehabilitation and visual disability. The impact of her work on the scientific community can be summarized by 60international papers, 2 book chapters and many conferences' abstracts. Internationally accepted indices of impact and productivity shows that her work has received 734 citations, leading her to an H-index of 14 in Scopus (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5616-865X). In 2014, she was awarded the ABBI project (FP7, ICT-2013.5.3, contribution of about 2 millions) and in 2016 she was awarded the WeDraw project (H20202, ICT 22-2016, contribution of about 2.5 millions). In both she is the scientific coordinator. One of her works has been listed in faculty of 1000 (Gori et al. Curr Biol, 2008) and in 2012 she won the TR35 price for young innovators.

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Lab activity:
Italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGg0SB8rj1U
English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSsDLUS_UQ 

https://www.iit.it/research/lines/unit-for-visually-impaired-people

TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAz_Qx6xcRQ

WeDRAW Project: Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games http://www.wedraw.eu/

ABBI Project: Audio Bracelet for Blind Interactions https://www.abbiproject.eu/

Interests

Multisensory Integration Development Visual Disability Cortical Plasticity Rehabilitation

Projects

The main problem addressed in my research is to study how unisensory and multisensory perceptual capabilities change and interact during development in children with and without disabilities. In particular I’m investigating how different sensory modalities are integrated during development and how the absence of one modality, in children with sensory disabilities, can impact on other modalities that are not impaired (Gori et al. Current Biology, 2008; Gori et al. Frontiers 2012; Gori et al. Developmental Science 2012; Burr et al. 2011; Burr & Gori 2011; Gori et al. Current Biology, 2010; Gori et al. NeuroPsycholgia 2012). The goal of such activity is to develop new technological solutions to improve the spatial, motor and social ability of children and adults with disability. With this goal I have recently coordinated two european ICT projects, ABBI and weDRAW, which aimed to rehabilitate and facilitate learning in children with visual disability. More information about these two projects are provised below.

ABBI project: coordinated from 2014 to 2017 (Italian Patent Application IT TO2014A000323 (IIT 2013-159) for the ABBI device). Within the ABBI project (http://www.abbiproject.eu/) we developped a new technology soultion based on sensory-motor training to improve spatial, motor and social skills in children with visual impairment. For more info, please look at the videos in italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGg0SB8rj1U and Eniglish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSsDLUS_UQ

weDRAW project: coordinated from 2017- 2019. WeDraw (http://www.wedraw.eu/) examines how to exploit the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory technology and serious games for typical and atypical children. WeDraw is highly interdisciplinary,  involving engineers, psychologists, pedagogics, and industrial links. The project exploits knowledge of multisensory integration in the teaching activity of elementary schools.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

  1. Campus, Sandini, Concetta Morrone, & Gori. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans. Scientific Report, 2017, impact factor 4.8, citations 1
  2. Cappagli, Cocchi, & Gori. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science, 2017, impact factor 3.98 citations 4
  3. Gori, Cappagli, Baud-Bovy, & Finocchietti. Shape Perception and Navigation in Blind Adults. Frontiers  in Psychology 2017 impact factor 2.8 citations 2
  4. Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy, Finocchietti. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, impact factor 10.5 page citations 3
  5. Cuturi, Aggius-Vella, Campus, Parmiggiani, and Gori. From science to technology: orientation and mobility in blind children and adults. Neurosci and Biobe. Reviews 2016, impact factor 10.5 citations 2
  6. Faculty of 1000, Gori, Del Viva, Sandini & Burr 2008, ‘Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information’, Current Biology. impact factor 8.9 Citations 191
  7. Gori, Sandini, Martinoli & Burr 2010, ‘Poor haptic orientation discrimination in non-sighted children may reflect’, Current Biology. impact factor 8.9 Citations 63
  8. Gori, Sandini, Burr Development of visuo-auditory integration in space and time. 2012 Frontiers in integrative neuroscience impact factor 4.5 Citations 46
  9. Gori, Sandini, Martinoli and Burr Impairment of auditory spatial localization in congenitally blind human subjects. 2014 January; We also had the journal cover. Brain impact factor 10.3 Citations 52
  10. Konczak, Sciutti, Avanzino, Squeri, Gori, Masia, Abruzzese, Sandini, Parkinson’s disease accelerates age-related decline in haptic perception 2012 Brain impact factor 10.3 Citations 31
  11. Vercillo, Milne, Gori, Goodale Enhanced auditory spatial localization in blind echolocators. 2015 Neuropsychologia 4.3 Citations 21
  12. Gori, Tinelli, Sandini, Cioni, Burr (2012) Impaired visual size-discrimination in children with movement disorders. Neuropsychologia. impact factor 4.3 Citations 24

Awards

  • 2008 F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18 (9)"
  • 2012 TR35 Giovani Innovatori
  • 2015 Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

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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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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.