Scuola superiore sant'anna

Assistant Professor

Stefano Mazzoleni

  • PROFILE
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  • RESEARCH
  • LESSONS AND CONFERENCES

ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND ROLES

  • Assistant Professor, at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, since May 2015.
  • Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory, Volterra, Italy, since 2011 to date.
  • Post-doc Fellow at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, since April 2007 to April 2015.
  • Visiting Researcher at Department of Neurophysiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, December 1-23 2005.
  • Research Assistant in Biomedical Engineering at the ARTS Lab (Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory) of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy, from June 2002 to March 2007.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Materials Engineering and Robotics (curriculum Robotics), University of Genova, Italy (April 2007). Title of PhD dissertation: “Post-stroke robot-mediated therapy and functional assessment with platform for isometric measurements”. Scientific supervisor: Prof. Paolo Dario (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa).
  • Master Degree in Computer Engineering (curriculum Automation and Industrial Automation Systems), University of Pisa, Italy (December 2002). Title of graduation thesis: “Interfaccia grafica per ETR500” (User graphical interface for ETR500). Tutors: Prof. Aldo Balestrino (Department of Electrical Systems and Automation, University of Pisa), Prof. Alberto Landi (Department of Electrical Systems and Automation, University of Pisa), Prof. Giancarlo Zini (Department of Electrical Systems and Automation, University of Pisa).

AWARDS

  • Post-Doc Fellowship. The fellowship was provided by Regione Toscana upon a competitive call, for supporting research activities on the project “TECTUM - Sviluppo e applicazione di TECnologie per la Televalutazione, la comUnicazione alternativa e l’automazione ambientale di pazienti con disabilità gravi e gravissiMe”, funded under POR Regione Toscana Competitiveness and Employment Regions 2007-2013, from March 2010 to February 2013.
  • Post-Doc Fellowship. The fellowship was provided by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna upon a competitive call (1° ranking, final mark 93/100), for supporting research activities on the research project  “ENABLE - Enhancing human ability for employability”, funded under POR Regione Toscana Ob. 3 FSE 2000-2006 Asse D Misura D4, in the field of bioengineering and neurorehabilitation, from October 2007 to December 2008.
  • Student Travel Award IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. The award was assigned to 12 researchers during the 9th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, “Frontiers of the Human-Machine” in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 28 June – 1 July 2005. The award was assigned to Stefano Mazzoleni from Travel Awards Committee as first and corresponding author of the article “ALLADIN: A novel mechatronic platform for assessing post-stroke functional recovery“.

Contributo su Rivista

Research activities and interests in the following areas:

  • Biorobotics: design and development of rehabilitation and assistive robotic systems, including the application of user-oriented and human-centred design methods (users’ needs analysis and clinical validation);
  • control systems: design and development of control algorithms;
  • human-robot interaction and interfaces for robots and bionic systems;
  • human-machine interfaces: development of pre-processing and post-processing software analysis tools;
  • assistive technologies;
  • models of motor recovery in neurological, orthopedic and cardio-respiratory rehabilitation;
  • sport biomechanics;
  • patient-ventilator interaction;
  • ICT systems for telemonitoring and telerehabilitation applications.

Invited talks and lectures

  1. “Robotics for the upper limb rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop “Rehabilitation in the upper limb traumatology”, Istituto Prosperius Tiberino, Umbertide (Perugia), Italy, June 17, 2006.
  2. “Biorobotic systems for the improvement of life quality in elderly and disabled subjects”, talk at workshop “Recovery processes in rehabilitation”, Filippo Turati Foundation, Gavinana (Pistoia), Italy, October 27-28, 2006.
  3. “Biorobotic systems for longevity”, talk at workshop “New technogies in neuro-rehabilitation”, Fondazione S. Maugeri, Pavia, Italy, November 14, 2006.
  4. “Assessment of motor performance: from clinical scales to advanced biomechanical models”, talk at workshop “Robotic technologies for rehabilitation”, 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Roma, Italy, April 10-14, 2007.
  5. “Biorobotic systems for the rehabilitation and the functional assessment of disabled people”, talk at the National Conference on “Disability and sporting activities”, Pisa, Italy, June 15-16, 2007.
  6. “Biorobotic systems for motor rehabilitation and functional assessment of disabled subjects”, Seminar on ENABLE (Enhancing human ability for employability) project, Pisa, September 26, 2007.
  7. “Rehabilitation robotics for rehabilitation”, talk at the Conference “Innovative Technologies in Cognitive and Neuromotor Psychology”, Firenze, Italy, January 24, 2008.
  8. “Technologies for motor function restoration”, talk at the workshop “Future clinical perspectives of Gerontechnology”, 6th International Conference of the International Society for Gerontechnology, Pisa, Italy, June 2-4, 2008.
  9. “Aspects of technology, safety and effectiveness in robotics”, talk at the 2nd National Congress of Italian Society of Rehabilitation (S.I.Ria), Firenze, Italy, October 2-4, 2008.
  10. “The assessment of the upper limb using robotic systems”, talk at the Training Course “The evaluation of effectiveness and measurement’s systems in rehabilitation”, Volterra, Italy, May 22-23, 2009.
  11. “Upper limb motor learning and motor recovery after a neurological damage using a robotic system”, talk at the Italy-Japan International Seminar “Musculoskeletal System and Computational Neuroscience for Rehabilitation”, Milano and Genova, Italy, June 15-18, 2009.
  12. “Upper limb spasticity reduction following active training: an experience using robotic systems”, talk at the workshop on “Upper limb robotic neurorehabilitation”, Genova, Italy, December 14-15, 2009.
  13. “Design criteria and prospectives for wearable robotic systems for neurorehabilitation and functional support”, talk at the workshop on “Upper limb robotic neurorehabilitation”, Genova, Italy, December 14-15, 2009.
  14. “Robotics and rehabilitation: new prospectives”, talk at the XXII Fondazione Mariani Care Training Course on “Neuroradiology, neurophysiology and neurogenetics: new diagnostic and therapeutic tools in pediatric neurological disorders”, Genova, Italy, March 24-26, 2010.
  15. “Research activities on telemonitoring and telerehabilitation”, talk at the Workshop on “Telecare in Medicine”, Firenze, Italy, April 8-10, 2010.
  16. “Research on Telematic Medicine: projects on Telerehabilitation, Telemonitoring and Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa”, talk at the Workshop “La medicina telematica per la disabilità è una realtà: chi, dove e quando”, Bologna, Italy, May 27, 2010.
  17. “The functional assessment using isometric measurements: the ALLADIN system”, talk at the Workshop “La riabilitazione dello stroke…oggi”, Massa Pisana, Italy, June 11, 2010.
  18. “Robot-aided training in stroke subjects: a biomechanical approach for the upper limb assessment”, talk at the Workshop “Future Trends in Rehabilitation Robotics”, 3rd IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, September 26, 2010.
  19. “Research activities on Telerehabilitation, Telemonitoring and Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa”, talk at the 6th National Congress of the Interdisciplinary Italian Medical Society Promed Galileo, Pisa, Italy, November 6, 2010.
  20. “Advanced assistive technologies and assistive technologies for communications”, talk at the workshop “Occupational Therapy in the Integrated Care for the Disabled Person” (La Terapia Occupazionale nell’Assistenza Integrata alla Persona Disabile), Volterra, Italy, November 25, 2010.
  21. ““Telerehabilitation and Robotics” research project”, workshop “Robotics for rehabilitation: current impact on clinical practice and challenges for improving quality of life” (European Robotics Week, 28 novembre- 4 dicembre 2011), Volterra, Italy, December 2, 2011.
  22. “Research activities in Rehabilitation Robotics and Telerehabilitation: experiences and prospectives of the joint laboratory between Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa and “Auxilium Vitae” Rehabilitation Centre in Volterra”, University Campus Bio-Medico, Roma, Italy, February 21, 2012.
  23. “Robotics for rehabilitation and technologies for telerehabilitation: current status and prospectives for improving quality of life of patients”, talk at workshop “Japan Days - Robotic experience in Italy and Japan”, Pisa, Italy, May 11, 2012.
  24. “Control problems in mechanical ventilators”, talk at workshop “Robotics for neuro-rehabilitation: challenges for improving impact on clinical practice”, 4th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Biomechatronics, Roma, Italy, June 24, 2012.
  25. “Upper limb motor learning and motor recovery after a neurological damage using a robotic system”, talk at workshop “Robotics for neuro-rehabilitation: challenges for improving impact on clinical practice”, 4th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Biomechatronics, Roma, Italy, June 24, 2012.
  26. “Robotics for Neurorehabilitation: impact on the clinical practice and development’s perspectives”,  talk at workshop “Update in rehabilitation robotics”, European Robotics Week 2012,  Roma, Italy, November 29, 2012.
  27. “Growth prospects and limits of rehabilitation robotics”, talk at the National Training Course on “Technologies for promoting activity and participation”, Italian Society Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  (SIMFER), Prato, Italy, March 1, 2013.
  28. “State of the art of Robotics for rehabilitation”, talk at the Training Course on “Robotics in Neurorehabilitation”, Crotone, Italy, April 27, 2013.
  29. “Stroke rehabilitation using Robotics”, talk at the Training Course on “Ictus: un percorso multispecialistico per la valutazione e la riabilitazione per la cura del paziente anziano”, Nottola, Italy, May 4, 2013.
  30. “Robot-assisted gait training in Parkinson’s disease: a State-of-the-Art and challenges for improving the quality of life”, talk at the workshop “The G-EO system and the effects of robot-assisted in gait recovery in patients with Parkinson’s Disease & Parkinsonism”, 5th International Neurorehabilitation Symposium, Zurich, Switzerland, September 11, 2013.
  31. “Innovative technologies for telemonitoring of ventilator-dependent patients. State of the art, impact and challenges for improving quality of life”, talk at the workshop “Patient-ventilator interaction: clinical relevance and challenges for clinical research, Volterra, Italy, September 26 2013.
  32. “Technology”, talk at the Congress on “Care and management of difficult-to-wean patients”, Volterra, Italy, September 27 2013.
  33. “Robot-assisted rehabilitation: State-of-the-Art and challenges for improving the quality of life of disables persons”, talk at the tutorial “Robotic Surgery: State of the Art and Research Opportunities”, 16th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics, Montevideo, Uruguay, November 25, 2013.
  34. “Robot-assisted locomotion training experimental setup and integration with diagnostic and therapeutic systems”, talk at the Congress “Update on robot-assisted gait rehabilitation”, S. Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy, February 21, 2014.
  35. “An integrated eHealth environment supporting care continuity, risk management and patient empowerment”, talk at the workshop “State of the art from FP7 projects and their relation to Horizon 2020, and the EU Robotics Topic Groups”, European Robotics Forum 2014, Rovereto, Italy, March 14, 2014.
  36. “Update in Gait Robotic Rehabilitation in people with Spinal Cord  Injury”, talk at the 8th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, Istanbul, April 8-12, 2014.
  37. “Clinical assessment for robot therapy stroke patients: a common language for physicians, therapists and researchers”, talk at the 8th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, Istanbul, April 8-12, 2014.
  38. “Robot-assisted upper limb rehabilitation: mechanisms of motor recovery in chronic and subacute stroke patients”, talk at the workshop “Haptics in Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Neural Engineering: Robotic Aspects and Neuro-scientific Principles”, EuroHaptics 2014,  Paris, June 27, 2014.
  39. “A set of kinematic parameters as performance metrics for assessing  motor recovery in stroke patients during upper limb robot-assisted therapy”, talk at the 7th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics, Pontedera, October 23, 2014.
  40. “Research and technological innovation in healthcare system: Rehabilitation Robotics and Bioengineering”, 2nd meeting of local healthcare unit (Azienda USL5 Pisa) management, Pisa, Italy, October 30, 2014.
  41. “Robotics and bioengineering for rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop, “Rehabilitation processes for criticall-ill patients: clinical, organizational and research issues”, Volterra, Italy, December 6 2014.
  42. “Rehabilitation robotics: ongoing experimental clinical trials and research projects”, Annual meeting of the Italian Robotics NeuroRehabilitation Group (IRNRG), Milano, Italy, May 8 2015.
  43. “Robotics and technologies for rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop “Robotics, Virtual Reality and Telerehabilitation: novel applications in rehabilitation”, Carrara, Italy, June 4 2015.
  44. “Affordable rehabilitation robotics and telemedicine”, talk at the workshop “Affordable rehabilitation and assistive robotics for low resource settings and developing Countries”, 14th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2015), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, August 11 2015.
  45. “Assessment metrics for robot-assisted rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop “Human-Oriented Approaches for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics”, 14th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2015), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, August 11 2015.
  46. “La BioRobotica per la riabilitazione e l'assistenza: dalla ricerca alla pratica clinica”, talk at convegno “Robotica e Riabilitazione, September 25 2015, Istituto Agazzi Arezzo, Italy.
  47. “The robot, the patient and the therapist”: interactions and new alliances for rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop “The status of research on spinal cord injuries”, Marina di Carrara, October 10 2015.
  48. “Robots for rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop “Robots for the gait recovery: the experience of Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Pisa University Hospital”, Viareggio, October 30 2015.
  49. “Clinical monitoring: technical perspectives”, talk at the workshop "Biomedical technologies for pulmonary rehabilitation: challenges for clinical research and telemonitoring applications", Volterra, November 27, 2015.
  50. “Clinical monitoring: technical perspectives”, talk at the congress "Difficult discharge of complex patients", Volterra, November 28, 2015.
  51. “Sensors for clinical monitoring: from research to clinical practice”, talk at the Training Course on “La formazione del personale per il progetto CCM e BPCO tra ospedale e territorio”, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department, Pisa University Hospital, December 18 2015.
  52. “Robotics for gait rehabilitation: from research to clinical practice”, talk at the workshop “Gait rehabilitation and robotic systems for gait recovery”, Pisa University Hospital, June 15, 2016.
  53. “Robotics and biomedical technologies for ehealth applications in rehabilitation”, talk at the workshop “Smart Hospital 2.0”, Firenze University Hospital, June 23, 2016.

INFO:

The Biorobotics Institute

Assignments:
  • Council of the Biorobotics Institute