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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

… → 1988

Research interests

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

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Grants 2000 2022

Brain computer interface
Prostheses and Implants
Patient rehabilitation
Engineering research
Virtual reality

Research Output 1980 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Adaptation to Laterally Asymmetrical Visuomotor Delay Has an Effect on Action But Not on Perception

Avraham, C., Dominitz, M., Khait, H., Avraham, G., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. & Nisky, I., Sep 6 2019, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13, 312.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sensory Feedback
Perceptual Disorders
Visual Perception
Nervous System Diseases
Action Potentials
1 Citation (Scopus)

Combining Metrics From Clinical Simulators and Sensorimotor Tasks Can Reveal the Training Background of Surgeons

Huang, F. C., Mohamadipanah, H., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. & Pugh, C. M., Sep 1 2019, In : IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering. 66, 9, p. 2576-2584 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Discriminant analysis
Virtual reality
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Chemical activation
Patient rehabilitation
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
Chemical activation

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
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