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30/06 - "Sensorimotor hand function: Control and neural mechanisms" Lecture by Marco Santello, Fulton School of Engineering Arizona State University, USA

La conferenza di Marco Santello è organizzata in collaborazione con Patrizia Fattori del Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Neuromotorie.

30/06/2020 dalle 17:30 alle 19:00

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Sensorimotor hand function can be described as a multidimensional space where mechanical, neural, and cognitive factors interact to enable a rich repertoire of actions – from skilled manipulation and playing musical instruments, to perceiving properties of our environment through exploratory procedures. Within this repertoire of actions, dexterous object manipulation is a hallmark of human evolution. Co-adaptation of anatomical features and sensorimotor control mechanisms have made dexterous manipulation an effective means of interacting with the environment. Humans’ ability to perform dexterous manipulation has also inspired research efforts aiming at building dexterous robotic and prosthetic hands, and devices for rehabilitation of hand function. I will review insights gained from our research on dexterous manipulation – combining biomechanical, behavioral, and neuromodulation approaches – as a model for understanding sensorimotor control and underlying neural mechanisms. This work has led to a revised conceptual framework accounting for humans’ ability to manipulate objects by integrating high-level task representations and flexible modulation of digit forces to variable position.

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Dr. Marco Santello Arizona State University, USA School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering Biosketch Marco Santello received a Bachelor in Kinesiology from the University of L'Aquila, Italy, in 1990 and a Doctoral degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) in 1995. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Physiology (now Neuroscience) at the University of Minnesota, he joined the Department of Kinesiology at Arizona State University (ASU) (1999-2010). He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director, and Harrington Endowed Chair at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. His main research interests are motor control, leaning, haptics, and multisensory integration. His Neural Control of Movement laboratory uses complementary research approaches, ranging from non-invasive neuromodulation transcranial magnetic stimulation to motion tracking, electroencephalography, and virtual reality environments. His work (100+ publications) has been published in neuroscience and engineering jounals, and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Whitaker Foundation, The Mayo Clinic, and Google. He has served as grant reviewer for US and European funding agencies, and member of the Editorial Board of Transactions on Haptics and The Jounal of Assistive, Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Technologies. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Society of Neural Control of Movement, and IEEE.