Luca Citi

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My PhD Research Project

Interfaces between a robotic device and the human nervous system can be the only way to restore communication and movement skills to people affected by motoneurons diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). They could also be used for the control of robotic limbs of amputees or even as augmentation for normally able-bodied subjects.

This PhD research will investigate and compare different kinds of neural interfaces. Both invasive and non-invasive, central and peripheral interfaces will be considered. In particular the focus will be on intrafascicular nerve interfaces and EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). General applications like restoration of severe ALS patients and augmentation of able-bodied people will be considered, but more in detail we will investigate the control of a robotic limb by an amputee user. Performance, feasibility and comfort for the user will be evaluated with critical approach both for restoration and augmentation purposes.