Federica is currently a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy), and a member of the Locomotion Biomechanics Laboratory.
She received her Master degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in the 2012, and her PhD degree in "Biorobotics" at the the BioRobotics Institute in the 2017.
During 2012, she was a visiting student at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), under the supervision of Prof. Silvestro Micera; during 2016, she was a visiting student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine, Columbia University (New York), under the supervision of Prof. Sunil K Agrawal.
Her main scientific interests are: motor control strategies during unperturbed walking and unexpected gait disturbances; fall biomechanics; technological solutions to reduce the risk of falling in people with balance disorders (e.g. elderly subjects, transfemoral amputees, patients with cerebellar ataxia).
She is actively involved in the CYBERLEGs Plus Plus project (“The CYBERnetic LowEr-Limb CoGnitive Ortho-prosthesis Plus Plus”, H2020-ICT-2015-731931) founded by the European Commission, and in the MOTU project ("Protesi robotica di arto inferiore con sMart sOcket ed inTerfaccia bidirezionale per ampUtati di arto inferiore") founded by INAIL (Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro).
In the past year, she was actively involved in the CYBERLEGs project (CYBERLEGs “The CYBERnetic LowEr-Limb CoGnitive Ortho-prosthesis”, FP7-ICT-287894 – http://www.cyberlegs.eu) founded by the European Commission, and the IUVO project funded by Fondazione Pisa.
Aprigliano F, Martelli D, Tropea P, Pasquini G, Micera S, Monaco V (2017) Aging does not affect the intralimb coordination elicited by slip-like perturbation of different intensities. J Neurophysiol 118: 1739-1748; doi:10.1152/jn.00844.2016
Monaco V, Tropea P, Aprigliano F, Martelli D, Parri A, Cortese M, Molino-Lova R, Vitiello N, Micera S (2017) An ecologically-controlled exoskeleton can improve balance recovery after slippage. Sci. Rep. 7, 46721; doi: 10.1038/srep46721
Martelli D, Aprigliano F, Tropea P, Pasquini G, Micera S, Monaco V (2017) Stability against backward balance loss: age-related modifications following slip-like perturbations of multiple amplitudes Gait & Posture DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.02.002
Aprigliano F, Martelli D, Micera S, Monaco V (2016) Intersegmental coordination elicited by unexpected multi-directional slipping-like perturbations resembles that adopted during steady locomotion Journal of neurophysiology:jn 00327 02015 doi:10.1152/jn.00327.2015
Tropea P, Vitiello N, Martelli D, Aprigliano F, Micera S, Monaco V (2015) Detecting slipping-like perturbations by using adaptive oscillators Annals of biomedical engineering 43:416-426 doi:10.1007/s10439-014-1175-5
Abstract: Aprigliano F, Martelli D, Tropea P, Micera S, Monaco V Effects of slipping-like perturbation intensity on the dynamical stability. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, 25-29 Aug. 2015 2015. pp 5295-5298. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319586
Abstract: Tropea P, Martelli D, Aprigliano F, Micera S, Monaco V Effects of aging and perturbation intensities on temporal parameters during slipping-like perturbations. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, 25-29 Aug. 2015 2015. pp 5291-5294. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319585