Past Ph.D. students
Marco Vidotto obtained his bachelor degree in 2013 and his master degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 at Politecnico di Milano. During 5-months period in the state college, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Pennsylvania State University he has developed a thesis entitled “Development of an experimental setup for the evaluation of the Penn state 12 cc pneumatic ventricular assist device diaphragm and implementation of a fluid-structure interaction model”.
From September 2016 to July 2020, he did his PhD in surgical robotics at the Nearlab; his research was focused on the development of a numerical model for predicting the concentration distribution of a therapeutic agent in brain cancer treated with the convection-enhanced drug delivery technique, working on the EU Project EDEN2020.
Marco’s PhD details can be found here.
Alberto Favaro obtained his Bachelor Degree in 2013 in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Padova. In 2016, he achieved the Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering with honors at Politecnico di Milano with a thesis concerning a novel system for controlling the knee movement in paraplegic subjects by means of a multi-muscle stimulation, developed during a 7-months period as visiting student at the Technical University of Berlin.
From May 2016 to July 2020, he did his PhD in surgical robotics at the Nearlab; his research was regard brain segmentation techniques, surgical trajectory planning and drug diffusion modeling within the context of convection-enhanced delivery (CED) for brain tumors treatment, working on the EU Project EDEN2020.
Alberto’s PhD details can be found here.
Davide Scorza obtained the University Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico of Milan in 2012. In 2015, participating to a double degree program, he received a M.S degree in Industrial and Automation Engineering from the University of Brescia (Italy) and a M.S degree in Science and Technologies named “Mechatronic Systems for Rehabilitation” from UPMC University (Paris).
From October 2015 to December 2019, he did his PhD in surgical robotics at the Nearlab; his research was focused on Image guided surgery and robotic assisted rehabilitation.
Davide’s PhD details can be found here.
Jacopo Buzzi obtained his Bachelor Degree in 2011 and his Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering in April 2014 at Politecnico of Milan. He spent six months in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, at the Vanderbilt University, where he developed his graduation thesis, proposing the Local Magnetic Actuation as an innovative approach in robotic actuation for surgical instruments. After the graduation, he spent 4 months at the Nearlab, designing interlocks between a robot used for teleoperation and surgical tools.
From October 2014 to May 2018, he did his PhD in surgical robotics at the Nearlab; his research was focused on the study of the kinematics and bio-mechanic aspects of the surgical teleoperation gestures.
Jacopo’s PhD details can be found here.
Sara Moccia achieved the European Ph.D. degree cum laude in Bioengineering on May, 16th 2018, with a thesis entitled “Supervised tissue classification in optical images: Towards new applications of surgical data science”.
Sara pursued her Ph.D in collaboration with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) and the Department of Advanced Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genoa, Italy). During her Ph.D, she spent six months at the “Computer-Assisted Medical Intervention” laboratory at the German Cancer Research Centre (Heidelberg, Germany).
Sara is now PostDoc in the Department of Information Engineering at Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy) and research fellow at the Department of Advanced Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genoa, Italy). Her main research activity deals with developing machine-learning and deep-learning algorithms for medical-image analysis to provide diagnostic support and context awareness.
Sara’s PhD details can be found here.
Hirenkumar C. Nakawala, MSc in Health Informatics in 2013 (from City, University of London, UK), PhD in Bioengineering (from Politecnico di Milano, Italy) in 2018, is currently a post-doc researcher, as a part of ARS (Autonomous Robotic Surgery) project, at Altair lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona. Hiren’s PhD thesis was focused on creating novel approaches for context-awareness and automatic workflow analysis in surgery. He was also a part of H2020 project – SMARTsurg, and responsible for end-users requirements analysis, elicitation and system specification. Hiren has also collaborated with the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) in Milan for his PhD work. Hiren’s academic interests include surgical robotics and computer-assisted surgery, artificial intelligence and computer vision.
Hiren’s PhD details can be found here.
Nima Enayati achieved the Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering on May, 22nd 2017, with a thesis entitled “Adaptive Shared-Control in Surgical Robotics”. He was a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the “Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine” laboratory at Stanford University in the spring of 2017. He is now a scientist at ABB Ltd in Germany.
Nima’s PhD details can be found here.
Veronica Penza achieved the Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering on May, 22nd 2017, with a thesis entitled “Study of computer vision algorithms to Enhance the surgeon’s capabilities in Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery”. From 2013 to early 2017, she has been carrying out her Ph.D. research at the Biomedical Robotics Lab (ADVR, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova) and at the Medical and Robotic Surgery Group (NEARLab-MRS), in collaboration with the Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital in Milan. She is now a postdoc researcher at the Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision Department (PAVIS, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova) working on an automated system for visual inspection of gas turbines.
Veronica’s PhD details can be found here.
Marta Valenti achieved the PhD degree in bioengineering on January, 13th 2016, with a thesis entitled “Statistical Shape Models based 2D/3D registration methods for knee orthopaedic surgery”. From 2012 to early 2016 she was part of the Medical and Robotic Surgery group (NEARLab), focusing her research on statistical shape models for knee joint. During the year 2013 she was exchanging student in the Information Processing in Medical Interventions Group at ISTB, Bern, Switzerland. She is now R&D engineer at P2R, Bergamo.
Carlos Faria started his PhD program in 2013, with a thesis entitled “Development of a robotic system to assist neurosurgeons in minimally invasive stereotactic procedures” at Universidade do Minho, Portugal. Starting in 2013 to early 2014, he was a visiting PhD student at NEARLab in Politecnico di Milano where he developed work related to the validation of a stereo vision system for cortical surface tracking.
His research interests include medical robotics applied to neurosurgery, medical devices and computer vision. He has skills in 3D robotics simulators, control of robotic manipulators and knowledge in robotic neurosurgery. He is fluent in C/C++, Python and MATLAB computer languages, and is familiar with computer-assisted drawing softwares. After the graduation, he spent 4 months at the Nearlab, designing interlocks between a robot used for teleoperation and surgical tools.
Mirko Daniele Comparetti has graduated in Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2013 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His Ph.D. thesis was on High level control of robot behavior in neurosurgery supervised by prof. Giancarlo Ferrigno. He is currently working as an Application Specialist at EidosMedia in Milan.
Danilo De Lorenzo has graduated in Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2011 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His Ph.D. thesis was on Force sensing and display in robotic driven needles for minimally invasive surgery supervised by Dr. Elena De Momi. He is currently working as a Patent Engineer at Jacobacci & Partners S.P.A in Brescia.
Elisa Beretta has graduated in Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2014 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. Her Ph.D. thesis was on Advance Human-Robot Cooperation in Neurosurgery supervised by Dr. Elena De Momi. She is currently working as a software engineer in R& D at Kuka Robotics in Germany.
Emiliano Gambaretto has graduated in Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2010 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His Ph.D. thesis was on the development of the algorithms for Markerless Motion Capture and Computer Aided Surgery. He also Designed mixed-signal electronic devices for the acquisition of medical measurements. He is currently working as a principle scientist in Adobe in the United States.
Past Research Fellows and interns
Guido Caccianiga was born on March 3rd 1992, he received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016, and M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 both at Politecnico di Milano. He was visiting scholar at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland).
Formerly Research Engineering Intern at the Electronic Information and Bioengineering Department (DEIB) of Politecnico di Milano, he has been selected as 2020 Ph.D. student at the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS, Stuttgart). His research focuses on the integration of hardware and software solutions for surgical training and computer integrated surgery with specific mention to sensorization, haptics, virtual/augmented reality, and user interface technologies.
Chiara Di Vece was born in Battipaglia (SA) in 1995. In July 2017, she obtained the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. In December 2019, she obtained the Laurea Magistrale in Biomedical Engineering cum laude from Politecnico di Milano, defending the thesis “Improvement of Psychomotor Skills Development for Veress Needle Insertion using Haptics and Virtual Reality”. This thesis was developed during a 1-year period at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) within the double degree program between Politecnico Di Milano and UIC. There, she was also a teaching assistant for the “Biological Systems Analysis” Bioengineering course. She obtained her Master of Science in Bioengineering from UIC in August 2019.
Besides, from 2017 to 2019, she was a student at the Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP), founded by Politecnico Di Milano and Politecnico di Torino in 2004 and restricted to 150 young, exceptionally talented students who had been selected solely on the basis of merit.
From March to September 2020, she has worked as a Graduate Research Intern at Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory (NEARLab) of Politecnico di Milano, working on the simulation of brain deformations during keyhole neurosurgery and robot-assisted palpation with haptic feedback.
Since September 2020, Chiara is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science in the Surgical Robot Vision group of University College London (UCL). Her academic interests include computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning automation for robotic surgical tasks.
Ester D’Amico graduated in M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering on December, 21th 2017, with a thesis entitled “Multivariate analysis of physiological variables for the assessment of drug administration during sleep”. From February 2017 to November 2018, she joined the NEARLab group, working as an intern to the EDEN2020 EU project. Her role was to analyze Raman spectra of brain samples extracted from brain surgery at Humanitas Clinical Institute and evaluate the reliability of Raman spectroscopy as a possible intra-operative tool for the identification and classification of brain tumors.
Simone Foti was born in Trieste (Italy) in 1993. He obtained his Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2017 from Politecnico di Milano. He worked at his master thesis at the Carnegie Mellon University and his work was focused on deep learning and computer vision. Simone did a six months internship at Nearlab, where he was developing a GUI, computer vision algorithms and deep learning algorithms for the SMARTsurg European project.
Giorgio Andriani achieved his master degree in Biomedical Engineer on April,28th 2017, with a thesis entitled “New system for delivering personalized recruitment maneuvers in RDS”. From July 2017 to December 2017 he joined the NEARlab group, working as an intern to the EDEN2020 EU project. His role was to analyze Raman spectra of brain samples extracted from brain surgery at Humanitas Clinical Institute. He is now Product Specialist VI at Biotronik Italia S.P.A.
Giacomo Bosoni has graduated in M.Sc. in Clinical Engineering in 2013. Giacomo was working as a research fellow at NEAR lab, developing advanced mathematical methods in robotic surgery. He was a project leader for Project leader in development and deployment of a semi-automatic neurosurgical planner for brain electrodes implantation. He is currently working in robotic surgery domain as a Product Specialist Spine (Italy North) at Stryker, Milan, Italy.
Federico Nessi has graduated in M.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2014 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His M.Sc. thesis was on vision based high level architecture for intraoperative supervision and behavioural control of a surgical robot supervised by Dr. Elena De Momi. He is currently working as a software engineer at Funambol in Milan.
Roberta Perrone has graduated in M.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2014 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. She has worked as a Research Fellow at Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory (NearLab, Politecnico di Milano). She also worked on her master’s thesis, that provided her the possibility to spend some months abroad in Budapest (Hungary) at the Neural Information Processing Group, under the direction of Prof. Andras Lorincz, where she worked on an European project (EuRoSurge, FP7-ICT-2011-7) working on the development of an ontology for neurosurgery for epilepsy
Chiara Caborni has graduated in M.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2011 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. She has worked as a Research Fellow at Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory (NearLab, Politecnico di Milano) in the area of surgical planning and navigation. Her master’s thesis was on EPIROBOT – Study and Development of methods in neurosurgical keyhole interventions for epilepsy treatment. She is currently working as a Biomedical Software engineer at Renishaw, Wales, the U.K.
Ghassan Khreis has graduated in M.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2010 from NEAR lab, Bioengineering department, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. He has worked as a Research Fellow at Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory (NearLab, Politecnico di Milano) in the area of automatic and intelligent planners for neurosurgical keyhole interventions. Her master’s thesis was on A Multi Platform Freehand 3D Ultrasound Calibration System for Image-Guided Neurosurgery. He is currently working as a Sr Controls Engineer at Tesla Motors, U.S.