Stefano Tortora is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova, Italy, since 2021. He obtained a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2017, and he received a PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2021. He spent 10 months as “visiting student” at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, and 7 months as “visiting researcher” at the Campus Biotech (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL) in Gèneve, in 2016 and 2019 respectively. The research activity of Stefano Tortora has been strongly characterized by a commitment to the emerging field of Neurorobotics. In particular, he has focused on its interdisciplinary engineering and neuroscientific aspects. His research has been passionately dedicated to improving the interaction between users and robotic devices by creating a new paradigm in human-machine interfacing (HMI) fusing multimodal information coming from wearable sensors and robot’s sensors. During the Ph.D. activity, Stefano Tortora worked on the development of hybrid human-machine interfaces (h-HMI) to decode movement intention from wearable sensors. In particular, he proposed and implemented novel probabilistic approaches combining brain and muscular activity to ensure a more reliable control of robotic devices. Currently, his work concerns the integration of these h-HMI with shared-autonomy algorithms for the development of intelligent assistive devices aimed at enhancing the mobility of people with motor impairments.
Stefano Tortora is Review Editor for the journal “Frontiers in Neurorobotics” and regularly serves as reviewer for high–quality international journals and conferences in the field of robotics and neurorobotics, such as IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering and Journal of Neural Engineering. Since 2021, he is in charge of the course “Sistemi di elaborazione 1” at the Department of Statistical Sciences.
Stefano Tortora is an active member of the WHi Team (University of Padova), winner of the gold medal for the BCI Race discipline at the Cybathlon BCI Series and the Cybathlon Global Edition, in 2019 and 2020, respectively.