Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Lorenzo Masia

Assistant Professor

School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6790 6239
Office: N3-02b-54

  • PhD (Mech Eng) University of Padua 2007
  • MSc (Mech Eng) "Sapienza" University of Rome 2003
  • BS (Mech Eng) "Sapienza" University of Rome 1999
Lorenzo Masia graduated in Mechanical Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome in 2003, and in 2007 he accomplished his PhD in “Mechanical Measurement for Engineering” at the University of Padua with the Thesis “Design and Characterization of a Modular Robot for Hand Rehabilitation”.
He was PhD visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (from Jan- 2005 to Dec 2006) working at the Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation (Mechanical Engineering Dept.).
Under the supervision of Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs and Prof. Neville Hogan, He designed the first prototype of InMotion Hand Robot for hand motor restoration, a modular device now commercialized by Interactive Motion Technologies Inc.(Cambridge, MA).
He was a post-doctoral researcher (February 2007- February 2011) and held a Team-Leader position (March 2011- July 2013) at the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department (RBCS) of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) leading the Motor Learning and Rehabilitation Laboratory, working with Prof Pietro Morasso, focusing his research on design & development of novel mechatronic devices for rehabilitation and haptics.
During the conference IEEE ICORR 2011 on Rehabilitation Robotics, he received the Best Paper Award, presenting a modular mechatronic device for fast estimation of muscular stiffness and in 2015 he will co-chair (program chair) the next edition of IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics which will hosted by NTU in Singapore (July 2015).
His background is in mechanical design, measurement, and control applied to human machine interaction with special emphasis to Robotic Rehabilitation with a scientific experience considerably enriched by multidisciplinary collaborations with other research teams from haptics and control engineering to biomechanics passing through robot aided technology with a long lasting experience in clinical applications.
He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore.
Research Interests
1) Robotic Rehabilitation
2) Mechanical & Control Design
3) Mechatronics & Haptics
4) Biomechanics
5) Neural Control of Movements.
Current Projects
  • Human-Robot Physical Interactions in Realistic Scenarios: from human-human haptic coordination to industrial collaborative robots
  • INDRA (Investigating Neurological Diseases by Robotic Agent)
  • Multi-Nested Myoelectric Control of a Compliant Composite Actuation for Exoskeletons
  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Scientific Frameworks and Enabling Technologies for Robot-mediated Home Rehabilitation
  • Programme: Building and Construction
  • Robot-aided system for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of wrist motor and proprioceptive function in stroke patients
  • Smart Exosuits for Human Augmentation in Industrial Working Environment
  • Smart Rehabilitation Exosuits for Clinic and Home Assistance
  • Wristbot: A Novel Device for Assessment of Proprioceptive Deficits after Stroke.
Selected Publications
  • Konczak J, Sciutti A, Avanzino L, Squeri V, Gori M, Masia L, Abbruzzese G, Sandini G. (2012). Parkinson’s disease accelerates age-related decline in haptic perception by altering somatosensory integration. Brain, 135 (11), 371-3379.
  • Masia L., Squeri V., Burdet E., Sandini G. & Morasso P. (2012). Wrist Coordination in a Kinematically Redundant Stabilization Task. IEEE Transaction on Haptics, 5-3, 231–239.
  • Masia L., Frascarelli F., Morasso P., Di Rosa G., Petrarca M., Castelli E. and Cappa P. (2011). Reduced short term adaptation to robot generated dynamic environment in children affected by congenital hemiparesis. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 8(28).
  • Masia L., Casadio M., Giannoni P., Sandini G. and Morasso P. (2009). Performance adaptive training control strategy for recovering wrist movements in stroke patients: a preliminary, feasibility study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 6:44.
  • Masia L., Casadio M., Sandini G. and Morasso P. (2009). Eye-hand coordination during dynamic visuomotor rotations. PLoS ONE, vol. 4(no. 9).

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