Emilia Ambrosini,



Biomedical Engineer

Research Areas:
Rehabilitation Robotics, Digital Health

Polimi Campus Colombo
3rd Floor, building 32.2
Via Colombo 40, 20133, Milan, Italy

+39 02 2399 9509

Emilia Ambrosini is Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano. She received her Master’s Degree com laude in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2007 and her PhD degree com laude in Bioengineering in 2011. Since 2011, she carried on her research activity at NearLab (Neuroengineering and Medicaal Robotics Laboratory, directed by Prof. G. Ferrigno) and she has been involved in several national (ricerca Finalizzata GR, project PRIN, FESleg in collaboration with INAIL – Centro Protesi) and international projects (MUNDUS, EU-FP7 ICT; RETRAINER, H2020 IA ICT; MOVECARE, H2020 ICT; ESSENCE, H2020 IA; NIH Biofeedback for CP). She is co-authors of about 50 papers in international journals indexed in Scopus (H-index 19, Jul 2022). She teaches the class of Biomedical Instrumentation (Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering) and of the laboratory class of Functional Evaluation Laboratory (Master in Biomedical Engineering).

Interests & Projects

Her research interests are the development of novel methods for functional electrical stimulation and robotic systems for rehabilitation, daily life assistance and practice of sport activities of neurological patients, the development of advanced methods to quantitatively assess the effects of rehabilitative programs both in terms of functional gains and neural correlates, the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews to promote evidence-based approaches in rehabilitation.

Courses held

Bachelor of Science courses


Models and methods for the analysis of membrane potentials. Hodgkin-Huxley Model (H-H). Impulse propagation and conduction in fibres. Neuron models and networks. Extra-cellular potentials. Introduction to forward and inverse problem. Lead vector. Methods for the evaluation of electric and magnetic fields from/in biological tissues at low and high frequency. Electrical stimulation of biological system. Magnetic stimulation of the nervous system. Study of the biological effects of electromagnetic fields and dosimetry. Clinical meaning, characteristics and dimensionality of biomedical signals. Biomedical instrumentation: definition, characteristics and classification. Biological-technological interfaces and related problems: reliability, safety, signal to noise ratio, interferences. Transduction and signal conditioning : amplification, filtering and A/D conversion. Biomedical sensors: classification and principles of transduction. Force and displacement sensors, pressure and flow transduction. Piezoelectric devices and ultrasounds. Temperature sensors and radiation thermometry. Optical measurements and related instrumentation

Master of Science courses


The objective of the course is to provide the students with the capabilities to answer research questions in the field of functional evaluation of motor skills in order to support the diagnosis of motor disorders, to evaluate the performance of athletes, to plan rehabilitative treatments, to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention, to support risk assessment at workplace and to implement daily life monitoring. All steps needed to build new knowledge in this field will be experimented in the course: the identification of a research question with the support of a clinical team, the definition of the experimental protocol, the writing of the documents for requesting Ethical Committee approval, the preparation of the experimental set-up, the collection of data on a small group of healthy subjects, the implementation of the algorithms for data analysis and the interpretation of the results with respect to the literature.