I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Columbia University. Prior to joining the lab, I completed my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy, and my PhD degree in Biorobotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy.
Starting from my Bachelor Thesis, I spent several years in the field of Rehabilitation Robotics conducting research focused on human movement analysis. I am especially interested in the development of innovative solutions to reduce the risk of falling (e.g., training therapies for balance improvement and algorithms for early detection of loss of balance), the characterization of actions implemented during unexpected perturbations and the analysis of gait in elders, amputees and subjects with neurological and vestibular disorders.
At Columbia University, I am collaborating on several projects related to the Active Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (A-TPAD), a cable-driven robot used for gait and balance rehabilitation.