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Spring 2018 GRASP Seminar Series: Stefano Mazzoleni, Biorobotics Institute,”Robotics and Bioengineering for Upper Limb and Gait Rehabilitation: From Research to Clinical Practice”

March 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


A better understanding of the neural substrates that underlie motor recovery after neurological impairments (such as stroke and spinal cord injury) has led to the development of innovative rehabilitation strategies and tools that incorporate key elements of motor skill re-learning such as intensive motor training involving goal-oriented repeated movements.
Robotic devices for the upper limb and gait are increasingly used in rehabilitation: several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of these devices in reducing motor impairments, but only limited evidence has been found on the improvement of upper limb and gait function so far.
Other studies have investigated the effects of combined approaches that target muscle function (e.g., functional electrical stimulation), modulate neural activity (e.g., noninvasive brain stimulation) and enhance motivation (e.g., Virtual Reality) in an attempt to enhance the benefits of robot-assisted training.
During the talk an overview of the current status of robot-assisted therapies and combined treatments will be discussed together with an analysis of the rationale behind them. Finally the clinical and bioengineering challenges of the next decade will be presented.


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Stefano Mazzoleni is currently Assistant Professor at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. He received the University degree (Laurea) in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2002 and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2007.
In 2005 he received the “Student Travel Award” at the IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics in Chicago, USA.
He is head of the joint “Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory” between Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and “Auxilium Vitae” Rehabilitation Centre in Volterra (Italy).
His research interests include rehabilitation robotics, bioengineering, human-machine interfaces, motor control, motor recovery, human-robot interaction, biomechanics for sports applications.
He is author of more than 140 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He is member of several Editorial Boards of international scientific journals in the fields of robotics, bioengineering and automation.
He is member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), IEEE Brain Community and Italian Robotics NeuroRehabilitation Group (IRNRG). He is member of research group in Neurobioethics coordinated by the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.
Since 2012 he is serving as co-chair in the IEEE/RAS Technical Committee on “Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics”.
He is program co-chair of the International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation 2018 which will be held in Pisa from October 16 to October 20, 2018.


March 23, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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