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Research Interests

Areas of interest and expertise include robotics, neurobiology of the sensory-motor system and computational neuroscience. Among Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi’s achievements are the first measurement of human arm multi-joint impedance, the development of a technique for investigating the mechanisms of motor learning through the application of deterministic force fields, the discovery of a family of integrable generalized inverses for redundant kinematic chains, the discovery of functional modules within the spinal cord that generate a discrete family of force-fields, the development of a theoretical framework for the representation, generation and learning of limb movements and the development of the first neuro-robotic system in which a neural preparation in-vitro - the brainstem of a lamprey - controls the behavior of a mobile-robot through a closed-loop interaction.In recent years Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi’s team has been developing and testing a “body-machine interface” for people with tetraplegia following cervical spinal cord injury. The interface captures residual motion abilities and muscle activities to facilitate the use of devices such as powered wheelchairs and personal computer systems with the dual purpose of providing assistance and engaging the users in targeted therapeutic exercises.

Training Experience

1988Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Politecnico di Milano

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Keywords

  • Bioengineering
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Movement Control
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke

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Grants 2000 2022

Patient rehabilitation
Engineering research
Virtual reality
Innovation
Robots
Brain computer interface
Brain
Muscle
Prosthetics
Prostheses and Implants

Research Output 1980 2019

Designing Visual Feedback to Reshape Muscle Coordination

Mintz, J., De Santis, D., Rizzoglio, F., Farshchiansadegh, A. & Mussa-Ivaldi, F., Jan 1 2019, Biosystems and Biorobotics. Springer International Publishing, p. 1034-1038 5 p. (Biosystems and Biorobotics; vol. 21).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Muscle
Feedback
Chemical activation
Visibility
Patient rehabilitation

Development of an EMG-controlled Serious Game for Rehabilitation

Ghassemi, M., Triandafilou, K., Barry, A., Stoykov, M. E., Roth, E. J., Mussa-Ivaldi, F., Kamper, D. G. & Ranganathan, R., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient rehabilitation
Rehabilitation
Hand
Chemical activation
Muscles

Guiding the reorganization of motor redundancy for assistance and rehabilitation after spinal cord injury

De Santis, D. & Mussa-Ivaldi, F., Jan 1 2019, Biosystems and Biorobotics. Springer International Publishing, p. 354-358 5 p. (Biosystems and Biorobotics; vol. 21).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Patient rehabilitation
Redundancy
Feedforward control
Teaching

Testing the Ability to Represent and Control a Contact Force

Galofaro, E., Scheidt, R. A., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. & Casadio, M., Jan 1 2019, Biosystems and Biorobotics. Springer International Publishing, p. 795-799 5 p. (Biosystems and Biorobotics; vol. 21).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Brain
Mechanics
Testing
1 Citation (Scopus)

Energy exchanges at contact events guide sensorimotor integration

Farshchian, A., Sciutti, A., Pressman, A., Nisky, I. & Mussa-Ivaldi, F., May 29 2018, In : eLife. 7, e32587.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cerebellar Ataxia
Invariance
State feedback
Kinetic energy
Muscle