Nicola Vitiello

Dr.  Vitiello , Nicola

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Assistant Professor

About Me: 


Education and Professional Experience

  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, Scientific Coordinator of the FP7-ICT-Ch2 CYBERLEGs Project, October 2013-present
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, Scientific Coordinator of the EARLYREHAB Project (Salute 2009), July 2013-present
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, italy, Scientific Coordinator of the IUVO Project, Funded by Fondazione Pisa, April 2013 - present
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, Scientific Secretary of the FET-Flagship Pilot Action CA-RoboCom, 2011-2012
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 2011-2012
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, Ph.D.Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics, curriculum Bio-robotics, 2010
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, M.Sc. Industrial and Information Engineering, 2007
  • Università di Pisa, Italy, M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, 2006
  • Università di Pisa, Italy, B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, 2004


Short CV

Nicola Vitiello received the M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006, and from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2007. He also received the Ph.D. degree in biorobotics from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2010. He is currently an Assistant Professor with The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He is the author or co-author of 38 ISI/Scopus papers and 30 peer-review conference proceedings papers. He has served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he is currently the Project Coordinator of: the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs Project, the IUVO project funded by Fondazione Pisa, and the EARLYREHAB Project funded by Regione Toscana under the Research Program "Salute 2009" . His main research interests include the development of wearable robotic devices for human motion assistance and rehabilitation and of robotic platforms for neuroscientific investigations. In 2006, he participated the IX European Space Agency (ESA) Student Parabolic Flight Campaign as member of the team of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2008, he participated the first ESA Lunar Robotics Challenge as a Ph.D. Student Member. In the last five years he served as Referee for 9 different ISI journals.



  • 2014: Course "Fundamentals of Sensors and Actuators – Part II" (30 hours), for undergraduate and graduate students of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.
  • 2013: Seven classes (26 hours) within the “Master Universitario di II Livello”, entitled “Smart Solutions – Smart Communities”.
  • 2013: Course on "Fundamentals of Sensors and Actuators" (30 hours), for undergraduate and graduate students of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.
  • 2013: Course on "Wearable robotics" (10 hours), for PhD Students of The BioRobotics Institute.


Video on Wearable Robotics

Selected Publications: 

ISI-Scopus Journal Papers

  • (IS-38) K. Knaepen, U. Marušič, S. Crea, C. D. Rodriguez Guerrero, N. Vitiello, N. Pattyn, O. Mairesse, D. Lefeber, R. Meeusen, “Psychophysiological Response to Cognitive Workload during Symmetrical, Asymmetrical and Dual-Task Walking”, Human Movement Science, 2015, accepted for publication.
  • (IS-37) L. Flynn, J. Geeroms, R. Jimenez-Fabian, B. Vanderborght, N. Vitiello, D. Lefeber, “ Ankle-Knee Prosthesis with Active Ankle and Energy Transfer: Development of the CYBERLEGs Alpha-Prosthesis”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2014, accepted for publication, DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2014.12.013.
  • (IS-36) R. Jimenez-Fabian, L. Flynn, J. Geeroms, N. Vitiello, B. Vanderborght, D. Lefeber, “Sliding-bar MACCEPA for a powered ankle prosthesis”, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 2014, accepted for publication, DOI: 10.1115/1.4029439.
  • (IS-35) L. Ambrožič, M. Goršič, J. Geeroms, L. Flynn, R. Molino Lova, R. Kamnik, M. Munih, N. Vitiello “CYBERLEGs – A User-Oriented Robotic Transfemoral Prosthesis with Whole Body Awareness Control”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, vol. 21(4):82-93, 2014, DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2014.2360278.
  • (IS-34) M. Witkowski, M. Cortese, M. Cempini, J. Mellinger, N. Vitiello and S. Soekadar, “Enhancing brain-machine interface (BMI) control of a hand exoskeleton using electrooculography (EOG)”, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 11:165, 6 pages, 2014, DOI: 10.1186/1743-0003-11-165. Open access
  • (IS-33) S.R. Soekadar, M. Witkowski, N. Vitiello, N. Birbaumer, “An EEG/EOG-based hybrid brain-neural computer interaction (BNCI) system to control an exoskeleton for the paralyzed hand”, Biomedical Engineering, 2014, in press, DOI: 10.1515/bmt-2014-0126.
  • (IS-32) P. Tropea§, N. Vitiello§, D. Martelli, F. Aprigliano, S. Micera, V. Monaco, “Detecting slipping-like perturbations by using adaptive oscillators”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 2014, available online, DOI: 10.1007/s10439-014-1175-5.
  • (IS-31) L. Pratali, F. Mastorci, N. Vitiello, A. Sironi, A. Gastaldelli, A. Gemignani, “Motor activity in aging: an integrated approach for better quality of life”, International Scholarly Research Notices, 2014, Volume 2014, Article ID 257248, 9 pages, 2014. Open access
  • (IS-30) S. Crea, C. Cipriani, M. Donati, M. C. Carrozza, N. Vitiello, “Providing time-discrete gait information by wearable feedback apparatus for lower-limb amputees: usability and functional validation,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2014, available online, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2365548.
  • (IS-29) T. Yan, M. Cempini, C.M. Oddo, N. Vitiello, “Review of Assistive Strategies in Powered Lower-Limb Orthoses and Exoskeletons”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 64:120-136, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2014.09.032. Published online on 2014.
  • (IS-28) M. Cempini, A. Marzegan, M. Rabuffetti, M. Cortese, N. Vitiello, M. Ferrarin, “Analysis of relative displacement between the HX wearable robotic exoskeleton and the user’s hand”, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 11:147, 8 pages, 2014 , DOI: 10.1186/1743-0003-11-147. Open access
  • (IS-27) F. Giovacchini, F. Vannetti, M. Fantozzi, M. Cempini, M. Cortese, A. Parri, T. Yan, D. Lefeber, N. Vitiello, “A light-weight active orthosis for hip movement assistance”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2014, available online, DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2014.08.015.
  • (IS-26) M. Cortese, M. Cempini, A. Chiri, P. R. de Almeida Ribeiro, S. R. Soekadar, M. C. Carrozza, N. Vitiello, “A mechatronics system for robot-mediated hand telerehabilitation,” IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, 2014, available on line, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2014.2353298.
  • (IS-25) F. Vannetti, G. Pasquini, N. Vitiello and R. Molino-Lova, “Effects of lower limb length and body proportions on the energy cost of overground walking in older persons receiving cardiac rehabilitation”, Scientific World Journal, vol. 2014:1-7, Article ID 318204, 2014, DOI: Open access
  • (IS-24) D. Martelli, F. Vannetti, M. Cortese, P. Tropea, F. Giovacchini, S. Micera, V. Monaco†, N. Vitiello†, “The effects on biomechanics of walking and balance recovery in a novel pelvis exoskeleton during zero-torque control,” Robotica, vol. 32(8):1317-1330, 2014, DOI:
  • (IS-23) M. Cempini, M. Cortese, N. Vitiello, “A Powered Finger-Thumb Wearable Hand Exoskeleton with Self-Aligning Joint Axes,” IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 20(2):705-716, 2015, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2014.2315528. Available online on 2014.
  • (IS-22) M. Goršič, R. Kamnik, L. Ambrožič, N. Vitiello, D. Lefeber, G. Pasquini, M. Munih, “On-line phase detection using wearable sensors for walking with robotic prosthesis”, Sensors, vol. 14(2): 2776-2794, 2014. Open access
  • (IS-21) S. Crea, M. Donati, S. M. M. De Rossi, C. M. Oddo, N. Vitiello, “A Wireless Flexible Sensorized Insole for Gait Analysis”, Sensors, vol. 14(1): 1073-1093, 2014, DOI: 10.3390/s140101073. Open access
  • (IS-20) G. Turchetti, N. Vitiello, L. Trieste, S. Romiti, E. Geisler, S. Micera, “Why effectiveness of robot-mediated neuro-rehabilitation does not necessarily influence its adoption?”, IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 7:143-153, 2014, DOI: 10.1109/RBME.2014.2300234.
  • (IS-19) M. Donati, F. Cecchi, F. Bonaccorso, M. Branciforte, P. Dario, N. Vitiello, “A Modular Sensorized Mat for Monitoring Infant Posture”, Sensors, vol. 14(1): 510-531, 2013, DOI; 10.3390/s140100510. Open access
  • (IS-18) D. Novak, P. Reberšek, S.M.M. De Rossi, M. Donati, J. Podobnik, T. Beravs, T. Lenzi, N. Vitiello, M.C. Carrozza, M. Munih, "Automated detection of gait initiation and termination using wearable sensors", Medical Engineering and Physics, vol. 35(12): 1713-1720, 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.07.003.
  • (IS-17) P.R. de Almeida Ribeiro, F.L. Brasil, M. Witkowski, F. Shiman, C. Cipriani, N. Vitiello, M.C. Carrozza, S.R. Soekadar, "Controlling Assistive Machines in Paralysis Using Brain Waves and Other Biosignals", Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 2013, Article ID 369425, 9 pages, 2013, DOI: 10.1155/2013/369425. Open access
  • (IS-16) C. Lucarotti, C.M. Oddo, N. Vitiello, C. Carrozza, “Synthetic and Bio-artificial Tactile Sensing: A Review”, Sensors, vol. 13(2): 1435-1466, 2013,  DOI: 10.3390/s130201435. Open access
  • (IS-15) M. Donati, N. Vitiello, S.M.M. De Rossi, T. Lenzi, S. Crea, A. Persichetti, F. Giovacchini, B. Koopman, J. Podobnik, M. Munih, M.C. Carrozza, “A Flexible Sensor Technology for the Distributed Measurement of Interaction Pressure”, Sensors, vol. 13(1): 1021-1045 2013, DOI: 10.3390/s130101021. Open access
  • (IS-14) R. Ronsse, S.M.M. De Rossi, N. Vitiello, T. Lenzi, M.C. Carrozza, A.J. Ijspeert, “Real-time estimate of velocity and acceleration of quasi-periodic signals using adaptive oscillators”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 29(3): 783-7912013, DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2013.2240173.
  • (IS-13) M. Cempini, S.M.M. De Rossi, T. Lenzi, N. Vitiello, M.C. Carrozza, “Self-Alignment Mechanisms for Assistive Wearable Robots: a KinetoStatic Compatibility Method”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2012, in press. DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2012.2226381.
  • (IS-12) N. Vitiello, T. Lenzi, S. Roccella, S.M.M. De Rossi, E. Cattin, F. Giovacchini, F. Vecchi, M.C. Carrozza, “NEUROExos: A Powered Elbow Exoskeleton of Physical Rehabilitation”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 29(1):220-235, 2013, DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2012.2211492 (Published online on September 2012).
  • (IS-11) T. Lenzi, S.M.M. De Rossi, N. Vitiello, M.C. Carrozza, “Intention-based EMG Control for Powered Exoskeletons”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 59(8): 2180- 2190,  2012, DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2012.2198821.
  • (IS-10) R. Ronsse, T. Lenzi, N. Vitiello, B. Koopman, E. van Asseldonk, S.M.M. De Rossi, J. van den Kieboom, H. van der Kooij, M.C. Carrozza, A.J. Ijspeert, “Oscillator-based assistance of cyclical movements: model-based and model-free approaches”, Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, vol. 49:1173-1185, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/11517-011-0816-1.
  • (IS-09) R. Ronsse*, N. Vitiello*, T. Lenzi*, J. van den Kieboom, M.C. Carrozza, A.J. Ijspeert, “Human-robot synchrony: flexible assistance using adaptive oscillator”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol 58(4):1001-12, 2011, DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2012.2089629.
  • (IS-08) T. Lenzi, N. Vitiello, J. McIntyre, S. Roccella, M.C. Carrozza, “A robotic model to investigate the human motor control”, Biological Cybernetics, vol. 105(1): 1-19, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s00422-011-0444-8. Open access.
  • (IS-07) T. Lenzi, N. Vitiello, S.M.M. De Rossi, A. Persichetti, F. Giovacchini, S. Roccella, F. Vecchi, M.C. Carrozza, “Measuring Human-Robot Interaction on Wearable Robots: a Distributed Approach”, Mechatronics, vol. 21(6), pp.: 1123-1131, 2011, DOI: 10.1016/j.mechatronics.2011.04.003.
  • (IS-06) A. Chiri, N. Vitiello, F. Giovacchini, S. Roccella, F. Vecchi, M.C. Carrozza, “Mechatronic design and characterization of the index finger module of a hand exoskeleton for post-stroke rehabilitation”, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 17(5): 884:894, 2012, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2011.2144614 (Published online on May 2011).
  • (IS-05) C.M. Oddo, L. Beccai, N. Vitiello, H. Backlund Wasling, J. Wessberg, M.C. Carrozza, “A mechatronic platform for human touch studies”, Mechatronics, vol 21(3):604-613, 2011, DOI: 10.1016/j.mechatronics.2011.02.012.
  • (IS-04) S.M.M. De Rossi, N. Vitiello, T. Lenzi, R. Ronsse, B. Koopman, A. Persichetti, F. Vecchi, A.J. Ijspeert, H. van der Kooij, M.C. Carrozza, “Sensing pressure distribution on a Lower-Limb Exoskeleton Physical Human-Machine Interface”, Sensors, vol. 11: 207-227, 2011, DOI: 10.3390/s110100207. Open access.
  • (IS-03) N. Vitiello, T. Lenzi, S.M.M. De Rossi, S. Roccella, M.C. Carrozza, “A sensorless torque control for Antagonistic Driven Compliant joints”, Mechatronics, vol. 20:355-367, 2010, DOI: 10.1016/j.mechatronics2010.02.001.
  • (IS-02) E. Cattin, S. Roccella, N. Vitiello, I. Sardellitti, P.K. Artemiadis, P. Vacalebri, F. Vecchi, M.C. Carrozza, K.J. Kyriakopoulos, P. Dario, “Design and Development of a Novel Robotic Platform for Neuro-Robotics Applications: the NEURobotics ARM (NEURARM)”, Advanced Robotics, Special Issue on Robotics Platforms for Neuroscience, vol. 22:3-37, 2008, DOI: 10.1163/156855308X291827.
  • (IS-01) L. Lazzeri, M.G. Cascone, P. Narducci, N. Vitiello, M. D’Acunto, P. Giusti, “Atomic force microscopy wear characterization for metallic stent polymer coatings”, Tribo test ,vol.12(3), pp.: 257-265, 2006, DOI: 10.1002/tt.24.

§ P. Tropea and N. Vitiello contributed equally to this work.

† V. Monaco and N. Vitiello contributed equally to this work.

* R. Ronsse, N. Vitiello and T. Lenzi contributed equally to this work.

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