tproietti@g.harvard.edu

Harvard Biodesign Lab
150 Western Avenue
02134 Boston, 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:

Research Interests

My main research interest is to develop cutting edge technology in the domain of wearable robotics for functional movement assistance, either by using rigid or soft robotic solutions. 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, monitor body parameters and diagnose potential issues, 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.

As any 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 (validation in unconstrained environments and under unsupervised behavior by the end-user), 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.

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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 graduate students in lab project. 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
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Journal Papers
  1. Zhou Y.M., Hohimer C., Proietti T., O'Neill C. and Walsh C. (2021) “Kinematics-based control of an inflatable soft wearable robot for assisting the shoulder of industrial workers”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 6:2, pp. 2155-2162. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3061365
  2. Proietti T.*, O'Neill C.*, Hohimer C., Nuckols K., Clarke M., Zhou Y.M., Lin D. and Walsh C. (2021) “Sensing and control of a multi-joint soft wearable robot for upper-limb assistance and rehabilitation”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 6:2, pp. 2381-2388. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3061061
  3. 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. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2020.2982861
  4. 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. DOI: 10.1186/s12984-017-0254-x
  5. 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. DOI: 10.1109/RBME.2016.2552201
    IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Prize Paper Award (3rd place)
  6. 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. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00947
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. DOI: 10.1016/j.rehab.2018.05.1138
  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. DOI: 10.1109/ICRA.2017.7989784
  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. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_191
  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. DOI: 10.1109/NER.2015.7146745