He holds a PhD in Biorobotics (2008) and a MSc in Electronic Engineering (2004). He has been working at Scuola Sant’Anna since 2005 and –as a Visiting Scientist– at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2012, within many national and international research projects on prosthetics and robotics.
He is the Head of the Artificial Hands Area of the BioRobotics Institute. His field of research is (bio)mechatronics applied to the area of upper limb prosthetics. He is interested in mechatronic, controllability and sensory feedback issues of dexterous robotic hands to be used as thought-controlled prostheses. In particular: the design of mechatronic components for artificial hands; the design of control architectures and intuitive control strategies; the use of biological signals for the physiological control of prehension; the development and clinical experimentation of bi-directional non-invasive interfaces through novel assessment tools; the investigation and comparison of shared-control strategies between user and the prosthesis. Many of his activities pertain to the development of hardware with the goal of building reliable, robust and durable stand-alone mechatronic hands. On these topics he has authored ~100 peer reviewed scientific papers, 50+ of which on international journals. He also filed eight patents on related fields and founded in 2009 a spin-off company of the Scuola Sant’Anna – Prensilia.
His research is sponsored by the Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority (INAIL – CECA2020 project ), the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), the European Commission (EC – DeTOP), and the European Research Council (ERC – MYKI ).