Giancarlo Ferrigno, Politecnico di Milano

Giancarlo Ferrigno, IEEE Senior Member, MSc in Electronic Engineering in 1983, PhD in Bioengineering in 1990. After six years as senior researcher in a private foundation started his academic career at Politecnico di Milano University where he is today Full Professor in the Electronics, computers science and Bioengineering Department (DEIB) (Assistant Professor in 1990, Associate Professor in 1998 and Full Professor in 2001). From 2007 to 2009 he directed the Bioengineering Department. From 2016 he is chair of Bioengineering division of the DEIB. In 2008 he founded the Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory. He has carried out scientific activity regarding the application of computer science, system and control engineering and electronic technologies to the study of biological systems, in particular of sensory-motor coordination in man and, more recently, medical robotics (for surgery and rehabilitation).

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He has been responsible of grants from Italian Research Ministry, Industrial Companies, Italian Space Agency and European Commission. In the last years he has been the European Coordinator of three FP7 EU projects in the ICT topic: ROBOCAST (2008-10), ACTIVE (2011-15), MUNDUS (2010-2013), Current personal active funding is BICE, Biomechanical Quantification of Bone and Muscle Loading to Improve the Quality of 0g Countermeasure Prescriptions for Resistive Exercise. Program ASI 2013-065-R.0-BICE and SMARTsurg (grant 732515 – 2017-2019). He is associate editor of Computer Methods and Modelling in Medicine. He is serving in the JWG9 and JWG35 ISO standard groups for Surgical and rehabilitation Robotics (under IEC 60601 standards umbrella).



Manuela Raimondi, Politecnico di Milano

Prof. Manuela T. Raimondi graduated in Mechanical Engineering and completed her PhD in Bioengineering in 2000 at Politecnico di Milano, where she is currently Full Professor of Bioengineering and she teaches the course “Technologies for Regenerative Medicine” to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She is the founder and head of the Mechanobiology Lab and of the Interdepartmental Live Cell Imaging lab. Her research focuses on investigating how cells interact physically with their environment, and on the reconstruction of physio-pathological cell microenvironments in vitro. One focus of her research is reconstructing the stem cell niche in vitro, to direct stem cell fate decisions. She develops new technologies and protocols to accelerate discovery in this field, including millifluidic bioreactors and advanced substrates for stem cell expansion.

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Her long-term goal is to develop the potential of cell models as tools in regenerative medicine, in vitro modelling and drug discovery. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two ERC-funded grants: the Consolidator project NICHOID entitled “Mechanobiology of nuclear import of transcription factors modelled within a bioengineered stem cell niche” and the Proof of Concept project NICHOIDS entitled “Nichoid: nanoengineered 3D substrate for stem cell expansion”.



Paolo Ravazzani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Paolo Ravazzani is Director of Research of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche at the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering IEIIT in Milan, where he is heading the EMF4Health Group. He received is Master Degree in Electronic Engineering and the PhD in Bioengineering from Politecnico di Milano. He received a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano. His scientific interests are mainly in the study and development of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) applications for medicine, specially in neuroengineering and brain stimulation, EMF exposure assessment and dosimetry at extremely low frequencies ELF, radiofrequencies and microwaves, characterization of EMF for health support systems, study of the possible effects of EMF on health.

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Among his activities in international projects, he is currently coordinating the international project ELFSTAT (2015-2019) on exposure to low frequency fields, and participates to the project AMPERE (2016-2020) on microwaves exposure, both funded by the French Agency ANSES. He also served as Coordinator of four European Commission projects: EFHRAN (2009-2012), FP6 EMF-NET (2004-2008), EMFnEAR (2004-2007) and FP5 EC GUARD (2002-2004). He is currently participating to the H2020 Project CUPIDO (2017-2021) and FP7 GERONIMO (2014-2018).