Locomotion Biomechanics

Locomotion Biomechanics

Research activites

  • - the modifications of motor control during walking and unperturbed upright stance due to aging and neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders;
  • - the biomechanics of falling;
  • - balance control during incipient falling;
  • - the design and the development of a robotic platform aimed at delivering neuro-rehabilitative treatments for the recovery of locomotion in post-stroke patients.


Active Grants

CYBERLEGs "“The CYBERnetic LowEr-Limb CoGnitive Ortho-prosthesis”" FP7-ICT #287894
I-DONT-FALL "Integrated prevention and Detection sOlutioNs Tailored to the population and Risk Factors associated with FALLs" CIP-ICT-PSP-2011-5 #297225


Main Past Project

CLONS “CLOsed-loop Neural prostheses for Vestibular disorderS” FP7-ICT-2007.8.0 FET Open #225929
NEUROBIKE “NEUROBike: progettazione e realizzazione di un sistema biomeccatronico per la riabilitazione dell'arto inferiore in soggetti emiparetici in fase acuta” Fondazione CaRiPisa
SENLY “A mechatronic platform for assessment and prevention of fall risks” Fatronik Italy srl


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Recent publications

Tropea P, Vitiello N, Martelli D, Aprigliano F, Micera S, Monaco V. Detecting Slipping-Like Perturbations by Using Adaptive Oscillators. Ann Biomed Eng. 2014 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print].

Martelli D, Artoni F, Monaco V, Sabatini AM, Micera S. Pre-impact fall detection: optimal sensor positioning based on a machine learning paradigm. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 21;9(3):e92037. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092037.

Martelli D, Monaco V, Bassi Luciani L, Micera S. Angular momentum during unexpected multidirectional perturbations delivered while walking. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2013 Jul;60(7):1785-95.  doi: 10.1109/TBME.2013.2241434.

Rinaldi LA, Monaco V. Spatio-temporal parameters and intralimb coordination patterns describing hemiparetic locomotion at controlled speed. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2013 Jun 12;10(1):53. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-10-53.

Monaco V, Galardi G, Coscia M, Martelli D, Micera S. Design and evaluation of NEUROBike: a neurorehabilitative platform for bedridden post-stroke patients. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2012 Nov;20(6):845-52. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2012.2212914.

Bassi Luciani L, Genovese V, Monaco V, Odetti L, Cattin E, Micera S. Design and evaluation of a new mechatronic platform for assessment and prevention of fall risks. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2012 Jul 28;9:51. doi:10.1186/1743-0003-9-51.

Monaco V, Micera S. Age-related neuromuscular adaptation does not affect the mechanical efficiency of lower limbs during walking. Gait Posture. 2012 Jul;36(3):350-5. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.03.031.


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