Prof. Dr. Silvestro Micera

Prof. Silvestro MiceraBertarelli Foundation

Biography

Prof. Silvestro Micera holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational Neuroengineering at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa and the PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2009 he was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Prof. Micera’s research interests include the development of hybrid neuroprosthetic systems (interfacing the nervous system with artificial systems) and of mechatronic and robotic systems for function and assessment restoration in disabled and elderly persons.

Mission

The goal of the Translational Neural Engineering (TNE) Laboratory is to develop implantable neural interfaces and robotic systems to restore sensorimotor function in people with different kinds of disabilities (spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, etc.). In particular, the TNE lab aim is to be a technological bridge between basic science and the clinical environment. Therefore, TNE novel technologies and approaches are designed and developed, also starting from basic scientific knowledge in the field of neuroscience, neurology and geriatrics, with the idea that better understanding means better development of clinical solutions.

Keywords

Implantable neuroprostheses; rehabilitation robotics; wearable devices; neuro-controlled artificial limbs; reaching and grasping; locomotion; functional electrical stimulation.