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Leonardo Cappello

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Leonardo Cappello obtained in 2009 the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florence (Florence, Italy) with the thesis “The Design of Lower Limb Prosthesis for Developing Countries”. His thesis was awarded “Tattarillo” Award 2012 - Appropriate technologies and South of the World from Engineers Without Borders – Florence.

In 2011 he obtained the MS degree in Biomedical Engineering with the thesis “Design of patella loading device for use during knee surgery” from University of Florence. He conducted his thesis project while he was visiting at the European Centre for Knee Research, Smith & Nephew (Leuven, Belgium) funded by the grant LLLP/Erasmus Placement, advised by Prof. Bernardo Innocenti.

In 2012 he was recruited as Research Fellow by the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genova, Italy) and in 2016 he obtained the Ph.D. in “Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies” from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences department. During his Ph.D. he visited and collaborated with research teams at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis MN, US) and University of Bristol (Bristol, UK).

In 2014 and 2015 he was visiting Ph.D. student at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in Prof. Lorenzo Masia's robotics lab working on the design and development of a wearable assistive soft exoskeleton for upper limbs and in 2015 his contribution to the International Conference of Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) was awarded the Best Student Paper Award and the same year with a team of colleagues he won the Tech.Social Hackathon - Hacking For Social Good organized by NTUitive in partnership with Intel.

In 2016 and 2017 he was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Cambridge MA, US), advised by Prof. Conor Walsh, working on an assistive soft robotic glove.

Currently, he is Postdoctoral Researcher at The Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy), advised by Prof. Christian Cipriani and working on the design of novel mechanisms for robotic hand and wrist prosthesis, on soft sensors, and on neurophysiology of touch.

His research focus includes haptics, rehabilitation robotics, and neurosciences.

JOURNALS

  • Z. Liu, D. Qi, W. R. Leow, J. Yu, M. Xiloyannnis, L. Cappello, Y. Liu, B. Zhu, Y. Jiang, G. Chen, L. Masia, B. Liedberg, X. Chen, “3D-structured Stretchable Strain Sensors for Out-of-plane Force Detection” Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1707285.
  • N. Elangovan, L. Cappello, L. Masia, J. Aman, J. Konczak, “A robot-aided visuo-motor training that improves proprioception and spatial accuracy of untrained movement”, Nature Scientific Reports, 2017
  • B. K. Dinh, M. Xiloyannis, L. Cappello, C. W. Antuvan, S. C. Yen, L. Masia, “Adaptive backlash compensation in upper limb soft wearable exoskeletons” Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2017
  • B. K. Dinh, M. Xiloyannis, C.W. Antuvan, L. Cappello and L. Masia, “Hierarchical Cascade Controller for Assistance Modulation in a Soft Wearable Arm Exoskeleton” Robotics and Automation Letters, 2017
  • M. Xiloyannis, L. Cappello, D. B. Khanh, C. W. Antuvan, L. Masia "Preliminary design and control of a soft exosuit for assisting elbow movements and hand grasping in activities of daily living", Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering (RATE), 2016.
  • L. Cappello, N. Elangovan, S. Contu, S. Khosravani, J. Konczak, and L. Masia, “Robot-aided assessment of wrist proprioception” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 9, no. 198, 2015

CONFERENCES

  • C. T. O'Neill, N. S. Phipps, L. Cappello, S. Paganoni, and C. J. Walsh. "A soft wearable robot for the shoulder: Design, characterization, and preliminary testing." In Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2017 International Conference on, IEEE, 2017.
  • B. K. Dinh, M. Xiloyannis, C.W. Antuvan, L. Cappello and L. Masia, “Hierarchical Cascade Controller for Assistance Modulation in a Soft Wearable Arm Exoskeleton” Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2017
  • L. Cappello, B. K. Dinh, S.C. Yen and L. Masia, “Design and Preliminary Characterization of a Soft Wearable Exoskeleton for Upper Limb” in Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2016 6th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on. IEEE, 2016
  • M. Xiloyannis, L. Cappello, B. K. Dinh, S.C. Yen and L. Masia, “Modelling and design of a synergy-based actuator for a tendon-driven soft robotic glove.” in Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2016
  • B. K. Dinh, L. Cappello and L. Masia, “Localized Extreme Learning Machine for online inverse dynamic model estimation in soft wearable exoskeleton.” Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2016
  • B. K. Dinh, L. Cappello, M. Xiloyannis and L. Masia, “Position control using adaptive backlash compensation for bowden cable transmission in soft wearable exoskeleton.” Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on. IEEE, 2016
  • S. Contu, F. Marini, L. Cappello and L. Masia “Robot-assisted assessment of wrist proprioception: Does wrist proprioceptive acuity follow Weber's law?” Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2016 IEEE 38th Annual International Conference of the. IEEE, 2016.
  • L. Cappello, S. Contu, J. Konczak and L. Masia, “Wrist proprioceptive acuity: a comprehensive robot-aided assessment”, in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2015 Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE, 2015
  • Krewer, N. Elangovan, J.E. Aman, L. Cappello, S. Contu, S. Khosravani, L. Masia and J. Konczak, “Does age change proprioceptive acuity of the wrist joint?” in 3rd European Congress of NeuroRehabilitation (ECNR), 2015
  • S. Contu, L. Cappello, J. Konczak and L. Masia, “Preliminary analysis of non-dominant proprioceptive acuity and interlimb asymmetry in the human wrist”, in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2015 Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE, 2015.
  • L. Cappello, A. Pirrera, P. Weaver, and L. Masia, “A series elastic composite actuator for soft arm exosuits: design and preliminary test” in Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2015 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2015
  • B. K. Dinh, L. Cappello and L. Masia, “Control implementation of compliant composite material actuators for wearable robotic exoskeleton”, in Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2015 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2015
  • F. Marini, V. Squeri, A. Riva, L. Cappello, L. Doglio, P. Morasso and L. Masia, “Adaptive wrist robot training in pediatric rehabilitation”, in Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2015 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2015
  • L. Cappello, X. Lachenal, A. Pirrera, F. Mattioni, P. M. Weaver, and L. Masia, “Design, characterization and stability test of a multistable composite compliant actuator for exoskeletons”, in Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob) (2014 5th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on. IEEE, 2014
  • N. Elangovan, L. Cappello, S. Contu, S. Khosravani, J. Konczak, and L. Masia, “Assessing proprioceptive acuity of wrist joint using a haptic robotic device”, in Neuroscience 2014 - Society For Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 2014
  • L. Cappello, S. Contu, N. Elangovan, S. Khosravani, J. Konczak, and L. Masia, “Evaluation of wrist joint proprioception by means of a robotic device”, in Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence (URAI), 2014 11th International Conference on. IEEE, 2014, pp. 531–534.
  • F. Marini, L. Cappello, V. Squeri, P. Morasso, P. Moretti, A. Riva, L. Doglio, L. Masia, “Online modulation of assistance in robot aided wrist rehabilitation a pilot study on a subject affected by dystonia”, in Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), IEEE, 2014
  • L. Masia, L. Cappello, P. Morasso, X. Lachenap.l, A. Pirrera, P. Weaver, and F. Mattioni, “Carapace: A novel composite advanced robotic actuator powering assistive compliant exoskeleton preliminary design”, in Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2013 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2013

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • M. Xiloyannis, L. Cappello, B. K. Dinh, L. Masia. “Design and Preliminary Testing of a Soft Exosuit for Assisting Elbow Movements and Hand Grasping.” Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II. Springer International Publishing, 2017. 557-561.
  • L. Masia, M. Casadio, V. Squeri, L. Cappello, D. De Santis, J. Zenzeri, and P. Morasso, “Enhancing Recovery of Sensorimotor Functions: The Role of Robot Generated Haptic Feedback in the Re-learning Process”, Neuro-Robotics. Springer Netherlands, 2014. pp. 285-316.

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