Silvestro Micera

Silvestro Micera (M’96–SM’08) received the University degree (Laurea) in electrical engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2000. He is currently Professor of Bioengineering and Head of the Translational Neural Engineering Area at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Translational Neural Engineering Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). In 2007 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA with a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2008 he was the Head of the Neuroprosthesis Control group and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Institute for Automation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. His 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. He is author of several scientific papers and international patents. He served as Guest Editor of several biomedical engineering journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation and of the Journal of Neural Engineering. Prof. Micera was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, in 2009. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING and of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING.

Associated articles

TNSRE, Featured Articles
Spatial and Functional Selectivity of Peripheral Nerve Signal Recording With the Transversal Intrafascicular Multichannel Electrode (TIME)
The selection of suitable peripheral nerve electrodes for biomedical applications implies a trade-off between invasiveness and selectivity. The optimal design should provide the highest selectivity for targeting a large number of nerve fascicles with the least invasiveness and potential damage... Read more
TNSRE, Featured Articles
Rehabilitative Soft Exoskeleton for Rodents
Robotic exoskeletons provide programmable, consistent and controllable active therapeutic assistance to patients with neurological disorders. Here we introduce a prototype and preliminary experimental evaluation of a rehabilitative gait exoskeleton that enables compliant yet effective manipulation of the fragile limbs of... Read more
JTEHM, Editorial Blog
Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand
Dennis Aabo Sørensen lost his hand in a fireworks accident almost a decade ago. In February, he was able to feel again thanks to a revolutionary artificial hand created by an international team. Italian neuro-engineer Prof. Silvestro Micera told the BBC that... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2016
Staying In Touch
Hand amputation is a traumatic event that dramatically and permanently changes the life of any person who undergoes one. After surgery, the amputee requires a prosthetic device to perform activities of daily living— in particular, tasks requiring grasping and manipulation... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2015
Moving Along
In Italy, biomechanics research and the analysis of human and animal movement have had a very long history, beginning with the exceptional pioneering work of Leonardo da Vinci. In 1489, da Vinci began investigating human anatomy, including an examination of... Read more