tproietti@g.harvard.edu

Harvard Biodesign Lab
60 Oxford Street
02138 Cambridge, MA

About me

Hey there! Welcome to my website. I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on Soft Wearable Robotics within the Harvard Biodesign Lab at Harvard University. Before this:

Few facts about me:

  • I'm building my career out of my passion for Robotics and Control.
  • I have been working in both academia and the industry (the dark side...).
  • I already lived in 6 different cities, 4 countries, 3 continents, but my wife and I are already dreaming of what's next!

Do not hesitate to drop me a line to reach out!

Research Interests

Wearable Robotics Human-Robot Interaction Soft Robotics Translate Academic Findings

My main research interest is to study solutions to control and sense wearable devices, in both the domains of rigid and soft robotics. Wearable robotics is a real challenge but it is undeniably going to play a role in our future. Robots that can help and assist people, reduce injuries, improve recovery during rehabilitation, compensate physical disability in an efficient way, or even "just" assist during fatiguing everyday tasks at home: make life easier!

There are several aspects of the Human-Robot Interaction still to address (e.g. complex mechanical coupling with the human body) but I like to focus my effort and competences on (1) how to smartly share the control of the body between the human user and the robot, (2) how to detect and anticipate the user intentions of movement, (3) how to adapt the robot initiative to the different applications and contexts.

Much likely as any other engineer, I'm very interested in solutions that can actually have an impact on the life of real people, translating out of the academic environment. Themes like cost-efficiency (for example through underactuation and minimal amount of sensors), robustness (control and sensing validation in unconstrained environments), proven usefulness (investigate the effects of a control strategy but also how to properly assess these effects) are all among the priorities of my research, which always follows a data-driven human-in-the-loop approach.

Projects Gallery

Teaching Experience

Physiological Foundations for Bioengineering - Guest Lecturer
BS in Biomedical Engineering | Harvard University
Presentation at the ES 53 class (undergraduate level) of the research we run at the Harvard Biodesign Lab.

Mobile Robotics - Teaching Assistant
MS in Robotics Engineering | Polytech Sorbonne
Prepared, supervised, and assisted 15-ish graduate students in weekly 6-hour lab course. Assistance to final project evaluation. The course was provided in French.
Main topics:

  • Autonomous navigation
  • Trajectory planning
  • ROS programming
  • Validation on Pioneer P3-DX robots

Undergrad Mentoring
BS in Mechanical Engineering | Harvard University
Helped in developing research projects, supervised and assisted graduate students during their summer/winter projects in the lab. Number of completed mentoring: 2.
Projects topics:

  • A wearable air-bag to protect cyclists from non-fatal injuries
  • Stroke individuals clinical assessment (FMA) by using IMUs and machine learning

Publications

*Authors equal contribution
PDF from Researchgate
Google Scholar page

Journal Papers
  1. O’Neill C.*, Proietti T.*, Nuckols K., Clarke M., Hohimer C., Cloutier A., Lin D., and Walsh C. (2020) “Inflatable soft wearable robot for reducing therapist fatigue during upper extremity rehabilitation in severe stroke”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 5:3, pp. 3899-3906.
  2. Proietti T., Guigon E., Roby-Brami A., and Jarrassé N. (2017) “Modifying upper-limb inter-joint coordination in healthy subjects by training with a robotic exoskeleton”, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER), vol. 14. pp. 55.
  3. Proietti T., Crocher V., Roby-Brami A., and Jarrassé N. (2016) “Upper-limb robotic exoskeletons for neurorehabilitation: a review on control strategies”, IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 9, pp. 4-14.
    IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Prize Paper Award (3rd place)
  4. Jarrassé N., Proietti T., Crocher V., Robertson J., Sahbani A., Morel G. and Roby-Brami A. (2014) “Robotic exoskeletons: a perspective for the rehabilitation of arm coordination in stroke patients”, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 8:947, pp. 1-10.
Conference Papers
  1. Proietti T., Parry R., Lejeune F., Roby-Brami A., and Jarrassé N. (2018) “Adaptation of upper limb movement using exoskeleton-based training and transfer of cinematic patterns to unconstrained movement: A preliminary study”, Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (12th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Paris, France), 61:e488.
  2. Proietti T., Roby-Brami A., and Jarrassé N. (2017) “Comparison of different error signals driving the adaptation in assist-as-needed controllers for neurorehabilitation with an upper-limb robotic exoskeleton”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA17, Singapore), pp. 6645-6650.
  3. Proietti T., Roby-Brami A., Jarrassé N. (2016) “Learning motor coordination under resistive viscous force fields at the joint level with an upper-limb robotic exoskeleton”, 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR16, Segovia, Spain), in Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II, pp. 1175-1179, Springer International Publishing.
  4. Proietti T., Jarrassé N., Roby-Brami A., and Morel G. (2015) “Adaptive control of a robotic exoskeleton for neurorehabilitation”, 7th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER15, Montpellier, France), pp. 803-806.