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Valentina Squeri

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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab

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IIT Central Research Lab Genova

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Valentina Squeri graduated in Biomedical Engeneering at the University of Genova in 2004, with a thesis concerning the analysis of arm’s movements in patients with hemicrania. She took the Master Degree in Bioengineering at the University of Genova in 2006, studying the development and assessment of a robot therapy rehabilitation protocol for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Under the supervision of Prof. Pietro Morasso, she accomplished her Phd studies in 'Humanoid Technologies' at the Italian Institute of Technology and University of Genova (2010). Her project focused on using a planar robotic manipulandum to study sensorimotor adaptation and promote neuromotor recovery.

Currently she has a Post Doc position at Italian Institute of Technology. She is focusing her attention on the development of new robotic treatments that aim to promote functional and motor recovery. In particular the main activities will be the implementation and validation of exercises for the assessment and training of proprioceptive and motor impairments in children and adults affected by neurological disorders (i.e. celebral palsy, oncological trauma, ataxia and stroke, multiple sclerosis). Complementary activities are the validation of an adaptive controller for the regulation assistance during exercises of motor skill learning, the study of the visuo-haptic perception in children and adults and finally the development of new paradigms to understand the visuo-haptic recalibration when subjects experience novel dynamics environments.

She has been involved in a EU projects (HUman behavioral Modeling for enhancing learning by Optimizing hUman-Robot interaction, FP7-ICT-271724 - http://humourproject.eu/).

Selected Publications

CHAPTERS

Baud-Bovy G., Squeri V. & Sanguineti V. (2010) ‘Size-Change Detection Thresholds of a Hand-Held Bar at Rest and during Movement’, Haptics: generating and perceiving tangible sensations, vol. 6192, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg pp.327-332

Sanguineti V., Casadio M., Vergaro E., Squeri V., Giannoni P. & Morasso P. 2009, ‘Robot therapy for stroke survivors: proprioceptive training and regulation of assistance’, in IOS Press (ed.), Advanced Technologies in Rehabilitation – Empowering Cognitive, Physical, Social and Communicative Skills through Virtual Reality, Robots, Wearable Systems and Brain-Computer Interfaces, Andrea Gaggioli EAK, Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss, Giuseppe Riva, editor, Amsterdam, pp. 126–142

JOURNALS

• 2012

Squeri V., Sciutti A., Gori M., Masia L., Sandini G. and Konczak J. 2012, 'Two hands, one perception: how bimanual haptic information is combined by the brain'. J Neurophysiol, 107(2): 544-50

• 2010

Squeri V., Masia L., Casadio M., Morasso P. & Vergaro E. 2010, ‘Force-Field Compensation in a Manual Tracking Task’, PLoS ONE, 5(6): e11189.

Sciutti, A., Squeri, V., Gori, M., Masia, L., Sandini, G., & Konczak, J. 2010, ‘Predicted sensory feedback derived from motor commands does not improve haptic sensitivity. Exp Brain Res., 200(3): 259–267

Casadio M., Masia L., Morasso P., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2010, ‘Consciousness as the emergent property of the interaction between brain, body, and environment: implications for robot-enhanced neuromotor rehabilitation’. Journal of Psychophysiology, 24: 125-130.

Casadio M., Sanguineti V., Squeri V., Masia L., Morasso P. 2010, ‘Inter-limb interference during bimanual adaptation to dynamic environments’. Exp Brain Res. 202(3):693–707

Vergaro E., Casadio M., Squeri V., Giannoni P., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. 2010, ‘Self-adaptive robot training of stroke survivors for continuous tracking movements’, J Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 7:13.

Vergaro E., Squeri V., Brichetto G., Casadio M., MorassoP., Solaro C., Sanguineti V 2010, ‘Adaptive robot training for the treatment of incoordination in Multiple Sclerosis’, J Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 7:37

• 2009

Squeri V., Casadio M., Vergaro E., Giannoni P., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. 2009, ‘Bilateral robot therapy based on haptics and reinforcement learning: Feasibility study of a new concept for treatment of patients after stroke’, J Rehabil Med., 41(12):961-5

Casadio M., Giannoni P., Masia L., Morasso P., Sandini G., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2009, ‘Robot therapy of the upper limb in stroke patients: preliminary experiences for the principle-based use of this technology’, Functional Neurology, 24: 195–202

Casadio M., Giannoni P., Morasso P., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2009, ‘A strategy of assistance in robot-therapy for promoting the emergence of voluntary control in stroke patients’ Gait & Posture, 30: 1-2. Masia L., Squeri V., Sandini G. & Morasso P. 2009, ‘Eye-hand coordination during dynamic visuomotor rotation’ Gait Posture 30: S72-S73

• 2007

Squeri V., Bisio A., Sterpi I., Vergaro E., Casadio M. & Sanguineti V. 2007, ‘Adaptation of arm movements to a constant force field’, Gait & Posture, S33

CONFERENCES

• 2011

Squeri V., Masia L., Riva A., Morasso P., 2011, A new robotic method to train wrist movements of stroke patients, 1st European NeuroRehabilitation Congress, October 20-22, 2011 The Kurhaus Meran, Merano, Italy

Squeri V., Basteris A., Zenzeri J., Giannoni P., Morasso P., 2011, Quantitative evaluation of the proprioceptive deficit in a stroke patient 1st European NeuroRehabilitation Congress, October 20-22, 2011 The Kurhaus Meran, Merano, Italy

Carpinella I., Cattaneo D., Ferrarin M., Morasso P. & Squeri V. 2011, ‘Test for Selecting Upper Limb Robot Treatment in Stroke Patients: Triggered High-Stiffness vs. Adaptive Low-Stiffness Assistance’, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC ’11), Boston, MA, USA, Aug 30 - Sept 3, 2011

Squeri V., Masia L., Taverna L. & Morasso P. 2011, ‘Improving the ROM of Wrist Movements in Stroke Patients by means of a Haptic Wrist Robot’, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC ’11 ), Boston, MA, USA, Aug 30 - Sept 3, 2011

Squeri V., Basteris A. & Sanguineti V. 2011, ‘Adaptive regulation of assistance ‘as needed’ in robot-assisted motor skill learning and neuro-rehabilitation’, IEEE 12th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Rehab Week Zurich, ETH Zurich Science City, Switzerland, June 29 - July 1, 2011

Squeri V., Zenzeri J, Morasso P, Basteris A & Giannoni P. 2011, ‘Integrating proprioceptive assessment with proprioceptive training of stroke patients.’, 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Rehab Week Zurich, pp.1146-1151, ETH Zurich Science City, Switzerland, June 29 - July 1,2011

• 2010

Sciutti A., Squeri V., Avanzino L., Gori M., Masia L., Abbruzzese G., Sandini G. & Konczak J. 2010, ‘Active and passive haptic sensitivity in Parkinson's disease’, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA, November 13-17, 2010.

Squeri V., Sciutti A., Gori M., Masia L. Sandini G. & Konczack J. 2010, ‘Two hands, one perception: how bimanual haptic information is combined by the brain’, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA, November 13-17, 2010

Masia L., Squeri V., Saha D., Burdet E., Sandini G. & Morasso P. 2010, ‘Stabilizing unstable object by means of kinematic redundancy.’, 32st Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society), IEEE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 31-September 4, 2010.

• 2009

Casadio M., Giannoni P., Morasso P., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2009, ‘Self-adaptive robot training for promoting the voluntary control in stroke patients’, Neuroriabilitazione robotica dell'arto superiore (CORNER 2009), Genoa, Italy, December 14-15, 2009

Masia L., Squeri V., Avanzino L., Sciutti A., Gori M., Abbruzzese G., Sandini G. & Konczak J. 2009, ‘Use of a robotic manipulandum to assess of haptic sensitivity in Parkinson's disease’, Neuroriabilitazione robotica dell'arto superiore (CORNER 2009), Genoa, Italy, December 14-15, 2009

Sciutti A., Squeri V., Gori M., Masia L., Sandini G. & Konczak J. 2009, ‘The role of predicted sensory feedback derived from motor commands for haptic sensitivity’,Neuroriabilitazione robotica dell'arto superiore (CORNER 2009), Genoa, Italy, December 14-15, 2009

Squeri V., Sciutti A., Gori M., Masia L., Sandini G. & Konczak J. 2009, ‘Haptic perception of object contours: are two hands better than one?’, Neuroriabilitazione robotica dell'arto superiore CORNER 2009, Genoa, Italy, December 14-15, 2009

Konczak J., Squeri V., Sciutti A., Gori M. & Masia L. 2009, ‘Predicted sensory feedback derived from motor commands does not improve haptic sensitivity’, in Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN2009), Chicago, USA, October 17-21, 2009

Casadio M., Giannoni P., Morasso P., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2009, ‘A strategy of assistance in robot-therapy for promoting the emergence of voluntary control in stroke patients’, 10th SIAMOC Conference, Alghero, Italy, October 1-3, 2009

Masia L., Squeri V., Sandini G. & Morasso P. 2009, ‘Eye-hand coordination during dynamic visuomotor rotations’, 10th SIAMOC Conference, Alghero, Italy, October 1-3, 2009

Casadio M., Giannoni P., Morasso P., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2009, ‘Training stroke patients with continuous tracking movements: evaluating the improvement of voluntary control’, in 31st Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Minneapolis, USA, September, 2-6, 2009.

Morasso P., Casadio M., Giannoni P., Masia L., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2009, ‘Desirable features of a “humanoid” robot-therapist’, in 31st Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Minneapolis, USA, September, 2-6, 2009

Masia L., Squeri V., Casadio M., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. & Sandini G. 2009, ‘Tracking target motion under combined visual and kinesthetic disturbances’, in 11th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Kyoto, Japan, June 23-26, 2009

Squeri V., Masia L., Vergaro E., Casadio M., Morasso P.G. & Sanguineti V. 2009, ‘Visuo-Manual Tracking in a Robot-Generated Dynamic Environment’, in 11th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Kyoto, Japan, June 23-26, 2009

Masia L., Squeri V., Casadio M., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. & and Sandini G. 2009, ‘Visuo-motor tracking with coordinated wrist movements under different combinations of visual and kinesthetic disturbances’, in IEEE HSI Human System Interaction, Catania, Italy, May 21-23, 2009

Squeri V., Masia L., Vergaro E., Casadio M. & Morasso P. 2009, ‘Intermittent control in a visuo-haptic tracking task’, in 19th Annual Conference of Neural Control of Movement, Big Island, Hawaii, April 28-May 3, 2009

• 2008

Casadio M., Squeri V., Masia L., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. & Sandini G. 2008, ‘Characterizing ‘direct’ bi-manual coordination while adapting to a dynamic environment’, in IEEE Biorob, Scottsdale, AZ, USA, October 19-22, 2008

Casadio M., Masia L., Squeri V., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. & Sandini G. 2008, ‘Force field adaptation in bi-manual coordinated reaching movements’, in Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN2008), Washington, DC, USA, November 15-19, 2008

Morasso P., Casadio M., Masia L., Metta G., Mohan V., Sandini G., Sanguineti V. & Squeri V. 2008, ‘Bimanual interactions in humans and humanoid robots’, in International Conference on Intelligent RObots and Systems 2008, Nice, France, September 22-26, 2008.

Casadio M., Masia L., Squeri V., Morasso P., Sanguineti V. & Sandini G. 2008, ‘Motor learning during bimanual reaching in a same workspace’, in National Conference of Bioengineering, Pisa, Italy, 3-5 July 2008.

Squeri V., Casadio M., Vergaro E., Giannoni P., Sanguineti V. & Morasso P. 2008, ‘A bimanual cooperative approach for assistive robot-therapy’, in 1st Congress of the National Bioengineering, Pisa, Italy, 3-5 July 2008

Vergaro E., Casadio M., Squeri V., Giannoni P., Morasso P. & Sanguineti V. 2008, ‘Robot-therapy for stroke patients: visual tracking with regulation of assistance’, in 1st Congress of the National Bioengineering Group, July 3-5, Pisa, Italy

• 2007

Sanguineti V., Casadio M., Vergaro E., Squeri V., Giannoni P. & Morasso P.G. 2007, ‘Minimally assistive, adaptive robot therapy for stroke survivors: visuo-haptic tracking and bimanual protocols’, in Annual Meeting of the Society of Neuroscience 2007, San Diego, USA , November 3-7, 2007

Morasso P., Casadio M., Sanguineti V., Squeri V. & Vergaro E. 2007, ‘Robot therapy: the importance of haptic interaction’, in IEEE Virtual Rehabilitation 2007, Venezia, Italy, September 27-29, 2007

Squeri V., Vergaro E., Brichetto B., Casadio M., Morasso P., Solaro C. & Sanguineti V. 2007, ‘Adaptive robot training in the rehabilitation of incoordination in Multiple Sclerosis: a pilot study’, in 10th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, June 12-15, 2007, pp. 364–370.

Vergaro E., Casadio M., Squeri V., Giannoni P., Morasso P. & Sanguineti V. 2007, ‘Adaptive and minimally assisted tracking with a haptic robot: a proposal for stroke rehabilitation’, in Società Italiana di Analisi del Movimento in Clinica (SIAMOC), Cuneo, Italy, 2007

Casadio M., Squeri V., Vergaro E., Giannoni P., Morasso P. & Sanguineti V. 2007, ‘A bimanual cooperative strategy for robot therapy’, in 3rd Int Symp on Measurement, Analysis and Modeling of Human Functions, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007

Vergaro E., Casadio M., Squeri V., Giannoni P., Morasso P. & Sanguineti V. 2007, ‘Robot therapy of hemiparetic patients with a minimally assistive strategy for tracking movements’, in 3rd Int Symp on Measurement, Analysis and Modeling of Human Functions, Lisbon, Portugal, June 14-17, 2007

Vergaro E., Squeri V., Casadio M., Sanguineti V., Brichetto G., Morasso P. & Solaro C. 2007, ‘Quantifying adaptation in a robot training protocol for multiple sclerosis subjects’, in3rd Int Symp on Measurement, Analysis and Modeling of Human Functions, Lisbon, Portugal, June 14-17, 2007.

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