Lorenzo Masia

Lorenzo MASIA
Assistant Professor
Tel: 6790 6239
Email: lorenzo.masia@ntu.edu.sg
Office: N3-02b-54 
  • PhD (Mech Eng) University of Padua 2007
  • MSc (Mech Eng) "Sapienza" University of Rome 2003
  • BS (Mech Eng) "Sapienza" University of Rome 1999

Lorenzo Masia graduated in Mechanical Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome in 2003, and in 2007 he accomplished his PhD in “Mechanical Measurement for Engineering” at the University of Padua with the Thesis “Design and Characterization of a Modular Robot for Hand Rehabilitation”.He was PhD visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (from Jan- 2005 to Dec 2006) working at the Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. Under the supervision of Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs and Prof. Neville Hogan, he designed the first prototype of InMotion Hand Robot for hand motor restoration, a modular device now commercialized by Interactive Motion Technologies Inc.(Cambridge, MA).He was a post-doctoral researcher (February 2007- February 2011) and held a Team-Leader position (March 2011- July 2013) at the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department (RBCS) of Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) leading the Motor Learning and Rehabilitation Laboratory, focusing his research on design & development of novel mechatronic devices for rehabilitation and haptics. During the conference IEEE ICORR 2011 on Rehabilitation Robotics, he received the Best Paper Award, presenting a modular mechatronic device for fast estimation of end-point stiffness.He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Meachanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore.

  • Interest:
    Robotic Rehabilitation, Mechanical & Control Design, Mechatronics & Haptics, Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movements.
  • Projects:
    INDRA (Investigating Neurological Diseases by Robotic Agent)
    The project is how to use rehabilitation robotics to study and characterize Neurological Diseases, develop new treatment and enhance clinical therapy by high performance haptic devices
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]
    Multi-Nested Myoelectric Control of a Compliant Composite Actuation for Exoskeletons
    The project aims to provide innovative solutions by introducing a novel exoskeleton technology incorporating an intelligent algorithm for modulation of physical interaction.
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]

Research Staff and Students under supervision

PhD Students
Name Project
Antuvan Chris Wilson Compliant advanced robotic actuation powering assistive composite exoskeleton
Pansino Stephen Gregory Design an experimental setup to model dike propagation which will be used as a benchmark for the understanding of how magma migrates through the Earth's crust
Dinh Binh Khanh Direct Modulation of Brain Plasticity after Stroke by the Synergistic Action of Robot Aided Rehabilitation & Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
Contu Sara Posture Control and Balance for Quality of Walking in Rehabilitation

Selected Publications
  • Masia L., Casadio M., Sandini G. and Morasso P. 2009, ‘Eye-hand coordination during dynamic visuomotor rotations’, PLoS ONE, vol. 4,no. 9, E7004.
  • Masia L., Casadio M., Giannoni P., Sandini G. and Morasso P. ‘Performance adaptive training control strategy for recovering wrist movements in stroke patients: a preliminary, feasibility study’ Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2009, 6:44.
  • Squeri V., Masia L., Casadio M., Vergaro E. and Morasso P. ‘Force/Movement Control in a hybrid task: pushing & visuo-manual tracking’. PLoS ONE. 2010; 5(6): e11189
  • Melendez-Calderon A., Masia L., Gassert R., Sandini G. and Burdet E. ‘Force field adaptation can be learned using vision in the absence of proprioceptive error’. IEEE Transaction on Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol. 19(3), June 2011: 298-306.
  • Masia L., Frascarelli F., Morasso P., Di Rosa G., Petrarca M., Castelli E. and Cappa P., ‘Reduced short term adaptation to robot generated dynamic environment in children affected by congenital hemiparesis’, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation (JNER) 2011, 8:28.
  • Masia L., Squeri V., Burdet E., Sandini G. & Morasso P. 2012, ‘Wrist Coordination in a Kinematically Redundant Stabilization Task’, IEEE Transaction on Haptics, vol. 5,no. 3, pp. 231–239.
  • Konczak J, Sciutti A, Avanzino L, Squeri V, Gori M, Masia L, Abbruzzese G, Sandini G. ‘Parkinson’s disease accelerates age-related decline in haptic perception by altering somatosensory integration’. Brain (2012) 135 (11): 3371-3379.
  • Squeri V, Masia L, Giannoni P, Sandini G and Morasso P. ‘Robotic Wrist Therapy: evidences of motor recovery transfer from distal to proximal arm’. IEEE Transaction on Neural System and Rehabilitation, 2014, 22 (2): 1-14.
  • Campolo D, Tommasino P, Gamagea K, Klein J,Hughes CML, Masia L. "H-Man: A Planar, H-shape Cabled Differential Robotic Manipulandum". Journal of Neuroscience Methods (accepted for publication)
  • Masia L and Squeri V. "A Modular Mechatronic Device for Arm Stiffness estimation in Human Robot Interaction". IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (accepted for publication)

  • Control Theory
  • Introduction to Electrical Circuits & Electronic Devices
  • R-T Software for Mech Sys
  • Introduction to Mechatronics Systems Design