Silvestro Micera

EPFL STI IBI-STI TNE
B3 4 246.134 (Campus Biotech batiment B3)
Ch. des Mines 9
CH-1202 Genève

EPFL STI IBI-STI IBI-STI-GE
B3 4 246.134 (Campus Biotech batiment B3)
Ch. des Mines 9
CH-1202 Genève

EPFL STI STI-SEL SEL-ENS
B3 4 246.134 (Campus Biotech batiment B3)
Ch. des Mines 9
CH-1202 Genève

EPFL SV SV-SSV SSV-ENS

EPFL E E-DOC EDRS-ENS
B3 4 246.134 (Campus Biotech batiment B3)
Ch. des Mines 9
CH-1202 Genève

Administrative data

Teaching & PhD

Teaching

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering,
  • Life Sciences Engineering

PhD Programs

  • Doctoral Program in Neuroscience
  • Doctoral Program in Electrical Engineering
  • Doctoral Program in Manufacturing Systems and Robotics
  • Doctoral program in robotics, control, and intelligent systems
  • Doctoral Program in Mechanics

PhD Students

Courses

Fundamentals of neuroengineering

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Doctoral Program in Neuroscience, 2018-2019, Master semester 2, language : english
MINEUR, 2018-2019, Spring semester, language : english
Section of Electrical and Electronical Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 2, language : english
Section of Electrical and Electronical Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 4, language : english
Section of Life Sciences Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 2, language : english
Section of Life Sciences Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 4, language : english
Section of Microtechnics, 2018-2019, Master semester 2, language : english

Sensorimotor neuroprosthetics

Teaching objectives: history, neural control of movement, computational motor control, neurorehabilitation after CNS disorders, upper limb and hand neuroprostheses, lower limp neuroprostheses, student project. goto

Doctoral Program in Neuroscience, 2018-2019, language : english
MINEUR, 2018-2019, Autumn semester, language : english
Section of Life Sciences Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 1, language : english
Section of Life Sciences Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 3, language : english
Section of Microtechnics, 2018-2019, Master semester 1, language : english

Summer School on Neurophysiology for Neural and Biomedical Engineering (2017)

The aim of the summer school is to bring fundamental knowledge of the main experimental tools and concepts in neurophysiology to the community of students working in neural engineering, neuroprosthetics or biomedical engineering fields goto

Doctoral Program in Neuroscience, 2018-2019, language : english

Summer School Program in Translational Neuroscience (2018)

The aim of the course organized as a 1 week summer school is to bring fundamental knowledge of the main experimental tools and concepts in neurophysiology to the community of engineers working in neural engineering, neuroprosthetics or biomedical engineer... goto

Doctoral Program in Neuroscience, 2018-2019, language : english

Research

Research interests

Dr. Micera’s main goal is to develop implantable neural interfaces and robotic systems aimed at restoring sensorimotor function in people with different kind of disabilities (spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, etc...), starting from basic scientific knowledge in the field of neuroscience, neurology and geriatrics, and investigating further to gain new information by using advanced technologies and protocols. In particular, the following research fields are currently investigated: 1. robotic systems for neurorehabilitation 2. experiments for the investigation of neural control of movement 3. development of neural interfaces with the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). 4. development of hybrid neuro-prosthetic systems

Main responsibilities and Research grants

In the recent past, Dr. Micera has been involved in the following European research projects as Co-PI (among the others): • 1998-2001 Project Manager of the ESPRIT/GRIP Project (ESPRIT LTR Project #26322, "An InteGRated System for the NeuroelectrIic Control of Grasp in Disabled Persons") whose aim is the implementation of a neuroprosthetic system to restore some hand functions in disabled persons (in particular quadriplegics) • 1999-2003 Technical Project Manager for a research project entitled “Design and development of systems and technologies for functional restoration” carried out at the Applied Research Centre on Rehabilitation Engineering originated by a joint initiative promoted by INAIL (National Institute for Insurance of Injured Workers) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna • 2003- 2004, IST-FET TETRA Project (Development of an implantable tendon transducer) whose aim was the development of an implantable microsensor to record biomechanical information from the muscolo-tendon system. • 2002-2005, IST-FET CYBERHAND Project (Development of a cybernetic hand prosthesis) whose aim was the development of a hand prosthesis controlled by the neural signals recorded from the peripheral nervous system and able to deliver a sensory feedback to the subject thanks to the stimulation of the afferent nerves. • 2004-2007, IST-eHealth ALLADIN Project (Natural Language based decision support in neuro-rehabilitation), whose aim is the development of a user-friendly natural language based decision support software for neuro-rehabilitation thanks to the development of a mechatronic platform to record isometric force-torque information. • Since 2004, IST-FET NEUROBOTICS Project (Fusing Neuroscience and Robotics to augment human capabilities), whose aim is to go “beyond robotics” developing different hybrid bionic systems. • 2006-2008, DACTIN (Development of an actuated invasive neural interface) funded the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). • 2007-2008, NEUROBIKE Project funded by a local Bank Foundation (Fondazione CariPisa) aimed at developing a new generation of robotic systems for the neurorehabilitation lower limb function • Since 2008, ICT TIME EU Project (Transverse, Intrafascicular Multichannel Electrode system for induction of sensation and treatment of phantom limb pain in amputees), whose aim is to develop PNS invasive interfaces to reduce phantom limb pain. • Since 2009, (Co-ordinator) ICT CLONS EU Project (Closed-loop vestibular neural prostheses), whose aim is to develop a vestibular neural prosthesis for vestibular function restoration. • 2009-2010, MIRROR Project funded by a local Italian Bank Foundation (Fondazione MPS) aimed at the development of innovative algorithms for robot-mediated neuro-rehabilitation. • Since 2010, ICT MUNDUS (MUltimodal Neuroprosthesis for Daily Upper limb Support) EU Project whose aim is to develop a novel assistive technology by combining robotics and electrical stimulation • Since 2010 ICT NeuWalk EU Project whose aim is to develop an implantable neuoprosthesis to restore locomotion in disabled people. Dr. Micera is also involved in many collaborations with research centres and universities in Europe (among the others Collège de France, Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University College London), Japan (Waseda University), Korea (Korean Institute of Science and Technology), United States (MIT, Harvard University). He is currently working also with several companies such as Plexon (US leader in neural engineering) and Eli Lilly (pharmaceutical company).