Biomedical Robotics and Biomicrosystems Lab

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Università Campus Bio-Medico

via Álvaro del Portillo, 21 - 00128 Roma

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Biosketch

Current position

She is associate professor of Bio-engineering at Università Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics and Biomicrosystems.

She has a faculty position (tenured) in Biomedical Robotics and Rehabilitation Bio-engineering at Master level at Università Campus Bio-Medico of Rome.

Education

Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering, received from Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II’ (Italy) in October 2000.

Research Doctorate degree in Bioengineering received from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa in May 2004.

Periods abroad

From September 2003 to November 2003, during her PhD in bio-engineering, Loredana Zollo was visiting student at the Laboratory of Neuroscienze INSERM U483 (led by Prof. Yves Burnod), at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. Here, she studied in depth problems of sensory-motor coordination and correlation of sensory information coming from different sources in tasks of grasping and object manipulation in humans. In September 2005 spent about two weeks in Japan as visiting student at University of Tokyo. In the same period she visited the research joint lab (Italy-Japan) of Humanoid and Personal Robotics, called ROBOCASA, sited at Waseda University of Tokyo. In October 2007, Loredana Zollo was visiting post-doc fellow at the Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) in the framework of the project Interlink/MOTHER.

Main research interests

Her research interests are in the fields of rehabilitation robotics, assistive robotics and neuro-robotics on the following research topics: Interaction control of anthropomorphic robot arms – Kinematic and dynamic analysis of robot manipulators – Design and development of control schemes for robot manipulators with flexible components (joints and links) – Design and development of interaction control schemes of robotic machines for rehabilitation – Modelling and control of underactuated mechanisms – Biomechanical modelling of the upper limb – Biological motor control and neurophysiological models of sensory-motor coordination – Design and development of motor control schemes for bio-inspired robotic systems – Multi-sensory integration and sensory-motor coordination of anthropomorphic robotic systems – Grasping and manipulation – Tactile sensing.

Collaboration to International Journals and Conferences

She was editor for the international conference BioRob2012, associate editor for IROS2012, IROS2014, BioRob2016 and member of the IPC of a number of International Conferences.

She is member of the editorial board of Springer Series on Biosystems and Biorobotics.

In 2012-2015 she was member of the editorial board as Associate Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine; she is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. In 2009–2012 she served as co-chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation’s Technical Committee on Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics.

Scientific activity

She has authored/co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications appeared in international journals, books and conference proceedings. She is co-author of three patents.

In 2009 – 2013 she was expert and reviewer for the European Commission within the EU FP7 research program, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) – Proactive, Embodied Intelligence. Since 2014 she is expert and reviewer for the European Commission within H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA.

In 2012-2013 she was member of the IEEE-RAS Chapter of the Year Award Evaluation Panel.

In 2014 she was member of the Evaluation Board for “Robotics Business Review Game Changer Awards”.

Participation in National and International Projects

She is principal investigator and partner of the following national and international projects in the area of biomedical robotics:

  • AIDE (Adaptive Multimodal Interfaces to Assist Disabled People in Daily Activities) – Partner. This is a 3-year European project within HORIZON 2020, Call ICT– 22-2014: Multimodal and Natural computer interaction.
  • PPR2 (Control of hand prosthesis by invasive neural interfaces) – Co-PI. This is a 3-year national project (2014-2017), funded by the National Institute for Insurance against Industrial Injuries.
  • PRIN/HANDBOT (Biomechatronic hand prostheses endowed with bio-inspired tactile perception, bi-directional neural interfaces and distributed sensori-motor control) – Co-PI. This is a 3-year national project (2013-2015), co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research.
  • NEMESIS (NEurocontrolled MEchatronic prostheSIS) – Partner. This is a 3-year national project (2011-2013) co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Health.
  • PRIN/OPENHAND (OPEN neuro-prosthetic HAND platform for clinical trials) – Partner. This is a 2-year national project (2010-2012), co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research.
  • ECHORD (Large scale integrating Project), EUFP7, ICT priority, Cognitive systems Integration, Robotics – Partner, co-PI of the experiment MAAT (Multimodal Interfaces to improve TherApeutc outcomes in robot Assisted rehabiliTation (2010-2011).
  • BrainHand (Fusion of Brain Analysis and Bio-inspired Robot Control for Enhancing Manipulation Capabilities of a Prosthetic Hand) – PI. This is a 2-year national project (2008-2010) funded by Università Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy.
  • ITINERIS-2 (2007-2011) projects – Principal Investigator and partner. They are two national funded projects on the technological transfer of lower limb orthoses.
  • PRIN/SafeHand (Design and Experimental Analysis of a Cybernetic Prosthetic Hand) – Partner. This is a 2-year national project (2007-2008), co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research.
  • IST/FET NEUROBOTICS (The fusion of Neuroscience and Robotics for augmenting human capabilities) – Partner (2004-2008).
  • SOCRATES/Minerva ROBODIDACTICS. Partner (2007-2009).
  • INTERLINK-MOTHER (MOtor THerapy mEdiated by Robotic technology) – Partner. It is 2-year project (2006-2008) sponsored by Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research.

Publications of Loredana Zollo


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