I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah and a Core Faculty at the University of Utah Robotics Center, where I direct the Bionic Engineering Lab. Previously, I was a Research Scientist at the Center for Bionic Medicine of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), where I worked with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and clinicians focusing on translational science. For my Ph.D., at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy, I developed powered exoskeletons that use bioinspired actuation systems and nonlinear control algorithms to make movements easier for the wearer.
My research program aims to discover novel transformative design solutions enabling individuals with physical disabilities to recover natural movement ability at home and in the community. Rather than focusing on the impaired biological counterpart and trying to imitate its mechanics with a non-biological device, I explore non-biomimetic solutions that can build upon the residual, non-impaired abilities of a person, while leveraging on the strengths of artificial technologies such as mechanism, sensors, and feedback control.
Check out the documentary by Freethink about my work at Utah at this link.
I am looking for motivated individuals with mechanical or biomedical engineering background to join my lab. Fully-funded positions are available for PhD and Postdoctoral scholars who want to work on the design and control of novel wearable robots. If you’re interested please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your resume and a short research statement.