Lorenzo Masia

Lab Members @IIT

MLRRL Motor Learning and Robotic Rehabilitation LAB


masiaThe Motor Learning and Robotic Rehabilitation Lab is part of the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept @ the Italian Institute of Technology (Genoa, Italy). The Head of the Department is Giulio Sandini who had the vision of merging robotics and neuroscience to boost the interdisciplinary collaboration among engineers, clinicians, phsychologists and biologists. I spent almost six years at IIT since the beginning of the adventure! Actually NTU ARIES Lab and IIT MLRR Lab share the technology and run multicentric researches together; I am currently an External Collaborator and I love spending time at the MLRR Lab @ IIT every six months.  



Giulio Sandini is Director of Research at the Italian Institute of Technology and full professor of bioengineering at the University of Genoa. After his graduation in Electronic Engineering (Bioengineering) at the University of Genova in 1976 he was research fellow and assistant professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa until 1984. During this period, working at the Laboratorio di Neurofisiologia of the CNR, he investigated aspects of visual processing at the level of single neurons as well as aspects of visual perception in human adults and children. He has been Visiting Research Associate at the Department of Neurology of the Harvard Medical School in Boston where he developed diagnostic techniques based on brain electrical activity mapping. After his return to Genova in 1984 as associate professor, in 1990 he founded the LIRA-Lab (Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics, www.liralab.it). In 1996 he was Visiting Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of MIT. Since July 2006 Giulio Sandini is on absence of leave from University of Genoa as he has been appointed Director of Research at the Italian Institute of Technology where he has established and is currently directing the department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences. RBCS department concentrates on a multidisciplinary approach to human centered technologies encompassing machine learning and artificial cognition, exploring the brain mechanisms at the basis of motor behavior, learning, multimodal interaction, and sensorimotor integration.  The department’s multidisciplinary research staff is composed of researchers with different backgrounds (engineers, biologists, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists, medical doctors) addressing three, strictly interconnected, streams of research: Humanoid Cognition, Human Behavior and Biomechanics, Brain Machine Interface. Giulio Sandini research activities are in the fields of Biological and Artificial Vision, Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience and Robotics with the objective of understanding the neural mechanisms of human sensory-motor coordination and cognitive development from a biological and an artificial perspective. A distinctive aspect of his research has been the multidisciplinarity of the approach expressed through national and international collaborations with neuroscientists and developmental psychologists. Giulio Sandini is author of more than 300 publications and five international patents. He has been coordinating international collaborative projects since 1984 and has been the chair of international conferences and workshops. He has served in the evaluation committees of national and international research funding agencies and research centers as well as international journals.


Pietro MORASSO (Senior Scientist)
Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering cum laude, 1968, University of Genoa. Tutor: Prof. G. Biorci. MIT Dept. of Psychology, Neurophysiology lab of Prof. Emilio Bizzi: post-doctoral fellow,  Fullbright fellow,  Visiting professor l (1970-1978). Engineering Faculty of the Genoa University: Assistant professor, Associate professor, Full professor (1970-2009); Coordinator of  Doctoral Programme in Robotics (1991-97), Doctoral Programme in Bioengineering and Bioelectronics (1998-2000); Chairman of the Course of Study in Biomedical Enegineering (1998-2007). Scientific director of the Bioengineering Center, Hospital Arenzano (1995-2005). Senior Researcher Italian Institute of Technology, director of the  Motor Learning and Rehabilitation lab (RBCS dept) (2010-). Scientific interests: neural control of movement, motor learning, neuromotor rehabilitation, robot-therapy, computational neuroscience, biomimetic humanoid robot control. Author of 6 books, over 400 publications of which more than 80 are published in peer-reviewed journals.
Author of 6 books, over 400 publications of which more than 80 are published in peer-reviewed journals


Valentina SQUERI (Post Doctoral Researcher)

Valentina Squeri graduated in Biomedical Engeneering at the University of Genova in 2004, with a thesis concerning the analysis of arm’s movements in patients with hemicrania. She took the Master Degree in Bioengineering at the University of Genova in 2006, studying the development and assessment of a robot therapy rehabilitation protocol for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Under the supervision of Prof. Pietro Morasso, she accomplished her Phd studies in 'Humanoid Technologies' at the Italian Institute of Technology and University of Genova (2010). Her project focused on using a planar robotic manipulandum to study sensorimotor adaptation and promote neuromotor recovery. Currently she has a Post Doc position at Italian Institute of Technology. She is focusing her attention on the development of new robotic treatments that aim to promote functional and motor recovery. In particular the main activities will be the implementation and validation of exercises for the assessment and training of proprioceptive and motor impairments in children and adults affected by neurological disorders (i.e. celebral palsy, oncological trauma, ataxia and stroke, multiple sclerosis). Complementary activities are the validation of an adaptive controller for the regulation assistance during exercises of motor skill learning, the study of the visuo-haptic perception in children and adults and finally the development of new paradigms to understand the visuo-haptic recalibration when subjects experience novel dynamics environments. She has been involved in the HUMOUR EU projects (HUman behavioral Modeling for enhancing learning by Optimizing hUman-Robot interaction, FP7-ICT-271724).


Jacopo ZENZERI (Post Doctoral Researcher)

zenzJacopo Zenzeri graduated at the University of Pavia in 2006 in Biomedical Engineering (magna cum laude), with a thesis on modeling of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. In 2009 he took the Master Degree in Bioengineering, specialization in Neuroengineering (magna cum laude) at the University of Genoa, with a thesis on analysis and modeling of whole body movements. In 2013 he obtained the PhD in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies from the University of Genoa and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with a thesis on the problem of coordination of redundant degrees of freedom in humans and humanoids. As PhD student, he was involved in the EU funded HUMOUR project. Currently he is a Post Doctoral fellow at IIT-RBCS and he is working on the project RobotRehab. His role in the project is the design and implementation of the software for the Wristbot, an exoskeleton applied to the wrist with three degrees of freedom. He is also in charge of the integration of the hardware and the software of the device in the direction of transferring the technology to the market. His main research interests are in motor learning, rehabilitation robotics, haptics, neural control of movements and assistive technologies.


Dalia De Santis (PhD Student)

Dalia De Santis graduated in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2009 with a thesis on the evaluation of functional regain after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using surface electromyography. She completed her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, specialization in Electronic Technologies, at Politecnico di Milano in 2011 with a thesis concerning the reliability of soleus muscle H-reflex measurements in healthy people. In 2012 she joined the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) as an internship working on the EU Project DARWIN and subsequently as a PhD student in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction technologies at the University of Genova. Her main research interest concern physical human-robot interaction, haptics for motor rehabilitation, assistive technologies and models of motor synergy formation.


Francesca MARINI (PhD Student)

Francesca Marini graduated in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rome in 2013, with a master thesis in biomechanics concerning the validation of an innovative procedure for sensor to segment calibration in gait analysis. She did an internship at the Mechanical and Thermal Measurements Lab (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering division) of University of Rome "La Sapienza" and at Movement Analysis and Robotics LABoratory (MARLAB) at the Children's hospital Bambino Gesù, of Palidoro (Rome). In April 2013 she was recruited as research fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology. Since January 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Pietro Morasso and Prof. Lorenzo Masia, she has been following a PhD program in Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies at the Italian Institute of Technology. Her PhD project is mainly focused on robotic rehabilitation in children with neurological injuries.


Anna Cuppone (PhD Student)

annavAnna Vera Cuppone obtained her master degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, in 2012 with the thesis "Symbolic Dynamics to characterize RR and QT series in Ischemic and Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy patients". The project was developed during the University Internship for Erasmus program at the Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona. In 2013 she was enrolled in the PhD course in “Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies” in IIT – Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences department and currently she is involved in a research focused on robotic rehabilitation.









New Journal on Rehabilitation Technology

Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering (click here)

Lorenzo MASIA (Associate Editor)



Journal Topics

Research Topic (click here)





International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics

Singapore 11th-14th August 2015 Hosted by NTU

General Chair: Wei Tech ANG

Program Chair: Lorenzo MASIA



IEEE BIOROB 2016 (clickhere)



  • L. Masia, Nanyang Tech. University
  • S. Kukreja, National University of Singapore





Lorenzo MASIA Editor of Biorob 2014



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