Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi

Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, PhD

  • Founder & Director, Robotics Lab, SMPP, RIC
  • Professor, Physiology, PM&R and BME, NU


Education, Residency and Internship


University of Turin, Italy, Graduate Degree (Laurea) in Physics
Universite de Provence, France, Deplome Etudes Superieures (Masters) in Behavioural Sciences


Politecnico di Milano and University of Genova, Italy, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

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Selected Publications


Ranganathan, R., Wieser, J., Mosier, K. M., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., & Scheidt, R. A. (2014). Learning Redundant Motor Tasks with and without Overlapping Dimensions: Facilitation and Interference Effects. J Neurosci, 34(In Press).

 Wang, X., Casadio, M., Weber, K. A., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., & Parrish, T. (2014). White Matter Microstructure Changes Induced by Motor Skill Learning utilizing a Body Machine InterfaceNeuroimage, 88, 32-40.


Ranganathan, R., Adewuyi, A., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2013). Learning to be Lazy: Exploiting redundancy in a novel task to minimize movement-related effortJ Neurosci, 33(7), 2754-2760.

Piovesan, D., Pierobon, A., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2013). Critical Damping Conditions for Third Order Muscle Models: Implications for Force Control. J Biomech Eng, 135(10), 101010.

Nisky, I., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., & Karniel, A. (2013). Analytical Study of Perceptual and Motor Transparency in Bilateral TeleoperationIEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 43, 570 - 582

Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., Casadio, M., & Ranganathan, R. (2013). The body-machine interface: a pathway for rehabilitation and assistance in people with movement disordersExpert Review of Medical Devices, 10(2), 145-147.


Vato, A., Semprini, M., Maggiolini, E., Szymanski, F. D., Fadiga, L., Panzeri, S., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2012). Shaping the dynamics of a bidirectional neural interfacePLoS Computational Biology, 8(7), e1002578. doi:1002510.1001371/journal.pcbi.1002578.

Shadmehr, R., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2012). Biological Learning and Control. How the Brain Builds Representations, Predicts Events and Makes Decisions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Karniel, A., Peer, A., Donchin, O., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., & Loeb, G. E. (2012). Haptic Human-Robot Interaction. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 5(3), 193-195.

Danziger, Z., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2012). The influence of visual motion on motor learning. J Neurosci, 32(29), 9859 –9869.

Casadio, M., Ranganathan, R., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2012). The Body-Machine Interface: A new perspective on an old theme. J Motor Behavior, 44(6), 419-433.



Pressman, A., Karniel, A., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2011). How Soft is That Pillow? The Perceptual Localization of the Hand and the Haptic Assessment of Contact Rigidity. J Neurosci, 31, 6595-6604.

Nisky, I., Pressman, A., Pugh, C. M., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., & Karniel, A. (2011). Perception and Action in  Teleoperated Needle InsertionIEEE Transactions on Haptics, In Press.

Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., Casadio, M., Danziger, Z. C., Mosier, K. M., & Scheidt, R. A. (2011). Sensory motor remapping of space in human–machine interfacesProgress in Brain Research, 191, 45-64.

Liu, X., Mosier, K. M., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., Casadio, M., & Scheidt, R. A. (2011). Reorganization of finger coordination patterns during adaptation to rotation and scaling of a newly learned sensorimotor transformation. J Neurophysiol, 105, 454-473.

Huang, F. C., Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A., Pugh, C. M., & Patton, J. L. (2011). Learning Kinematic Constraints in Laparoscopic Surgery. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 5(4), 356-364.

Casadio, M., Pressman, A., Acosta, S., Danzinger, Z., Fishbach, A., & Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2011). Body machine interface: remapping motor skills after spinal cord injury. Proceedings of the 12th IEEE Intl Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. Rehab Week Zurich, ETH Zurich Science City, Switzerland, June 29- July 1.

Research Interests

Motor Learning and Control; Rehabilitation Robotics; Body-Machine-Interfaces; Neural Engineering, Systems and Computational Neuroscience.

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