Hand amputation is a traumatic event that dramatically and permanently changes the life of any person who undergoes one. After surgery, the amputee requires a prosthetic device to perform activities of daily living— in particular, tasks requiring grasping and manipulation functions. According to the Washington,
Silvestro Micera (M’96–SM’08) received the University degree (Laurea) in electrical engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2000.
He is currently Professor of Bioengineering and Head of the Translational Neural Engineering Area at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Translational Neural Engineering Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). In 2007 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA with a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2008 he was the Head of the Neuroprosthesis Control group and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Institute for Automation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests include the development of hybrid neuroprosthetic systems (interfacing the nervous system with artificial systems) and of mechatronic and robotic systems for function and assessment restoration in disabled and elderly persons. He is author of several scientific papers and international patents. He served as Guest Editor of several biomedical engineering journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation and of the Journal of Neural Engineering.
Prof. Micera was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, in 2009. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING and of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING.