I am an Italian biomedical engineer, with a passion for electronics and robotics. I lived both in the United States and Hong Kong, immersing myself in a multi-cultural environment to create global connections.
In 2017 I started my first entrepreneurial venture, Pluteus S.r.l.s, a Milan based startup aimed at facilitating sharing objects between students, lowering the cost of ownership.
In 2018 I co-founded Sparthan, an Open Source project between HKUST and U.C. Berkeley. Our goal is to provide affordable and functional 3D printed prosthetic hands for children.
In 2019 I completed my master degree at U.C. Berkeley, focusing on prosthetic devices and brain to machine interfaces, and I am now working on embedded software for medical devices.
A brief snapshot of my experience and education.
Aug 2019 - Present
Butterfly Network is a company who is reinventing medical imaging and championing a new era of healthcare by creating the world’s first ultrasound-on-a-chip. This groundbreaking semiconductor technology replaces expensive and bulky Ultrasound carts with a pocket-sized, full-body scanning device.
• Discover Butterfly Network
Feb 2018 - July 2019
Sparthan (Simple Prosthetic Artificial Hand) is an initiative originated at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Our goal is to create a modular electro-mechanical kit in order to enhance the functionality of current 3D printed prosthetic hands.
• Discover Sparthan
Jan 2017 - Aug 2018
Pluteus is a startup company aimed at revolutionizing the way we share and rent objects. Individual smart lockers are used to safely store and retrieve valuables, at the tap of a smartphone.
• Personally designed and developed the first hardware prototype and the company website
• Designed and conducted a market analysis with more than 1500 participants.
• Developed international business relationships with manufacturing partners in Shanghai.
Aug. 2018, May 2019
• Researcher at Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities (BEST) Lab for prosthetic devices
• Coleman Fung Institute for engineering leadership
Sep 2017 - May 2018
• Exchange Student from Politecnico di Milano
• Research and development of a power-efficient wearable for cardiac pathology recognition
• Development of affordable 3D printed prosthetics for children under Project Sparthan
• Embedded systems development at HKUST Robotics
Sep 2015 - Jul 2018
• Project development and research at NECST (Novel, Emerging Computing System Technologies) Laboratory
Examples of my work
This device was built as part of a theoretical exploration and characterization of variable stiffness actuators applied to prostheses and exoskeletons. The two inner planetary gears contain spiral springs that are winded using motors to change the stiffness of the ring gear.
Building on the previous version of the Sparthan myoelectric hand, we redesigned the electronics into a custom PCB, with Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities to receive EMG signals. The experience of building this prototype inspired us to create a self contained electronics module to help engineers like ourselves build better prosthetic hands: the Sparthan Module
This device was custom built to solve the needs of a local patient in Hong Kong. The prototype is based on a simple Arduino Nano microcontroller, which can actuate five motors embedded in the palm of the hand to move the fingers.
This exoskeleton glove was designed to help patients with spinal chord injuries to regain strength in their hands. The gripping motion is aided by artificial tendons that run along the fingers, ensuring smooth movements.
Sparthan is open source mechatronics module aimed at bridging the gap between expensive myoelectric prostheses and 3D printed, accessible mechanical hands. Sparthan translates muscles’ signal in the forearm into precise movement of micro-motors that actuate the fingers of a prosthetic hand.
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