Researchers at UCD


Giacomo Severini

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Electrical & Electronic Eng
Engineering Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353-1-716-1805


Giacomo Severini is currently a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research is focused on the study of human motor control and motor learning as a mean for developing novel concepts and tools for improving rehabilitation of impaired individuals. He is particularly interested in the development and use of robots in various aspects of the rehabilitation process. 
Dr. Severini received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He worked as Research Associate at the Motion Analysis Laboratory of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston from 2011 to 2015 and as postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School from 2012 to 2015. 




Association: Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Function/Role: Member
Association: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Function/Role: Member

Journals Edited

Journal Of Neuroengineering And Rehabilitation: Editor.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Giacomo Severini, Mario Manca, Giovanni Ferraresi, Luisa Maria Caniatti, Michela Cosma, Francesco Baldasso, Sofia Straudi, Monica Morelli, Nino Basaglia (2017) 'Evaluation of Clinical Gait Analysis parameters in patients affected by Multiple Sclerosis: Analysis of kinematics'. Clinical Biomechanics, . [Details]
Sofia Straudi, Giacomo Severini, Amira Sabbagh Charabati, Claudia Pavarelli, Giulia Gamberini, Anna Scotti, Nino Basaglia (2017) 'The effects of video game therapy on balance and attention in chronic ambulatory traumatic brain injury: an exploratory study'. BMC Neurology, . [Details]
Giacomo Severini*, Iahn Cajigas*, Alexander Koenig*, Maurice Smith, Paolo Bonato; *(Shared First Authorship) (2017) 'Robot-induced perturbations of human walking reveal a selective generation of motor adaptation'. Science Advances, . [Details]
Giacomo Severini, Sofia Straudi, Claudia Pavarelli, Marco Da Roit, Carlotta Martinuzzi, Laura Di Marco Pizzongolo, Nino Basaglia (2017) 'Use of Nintendo Wii Balance Board for posturographic analysis of Multiple Sclerosis patients with minimal balance impairment'. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, . [Details]
Cristiano De Marchis, Giacomo Severini, Anna Margherita Castronovo, Maurizio Schmid, Silvia Conforto (2015) 'Intermuscular coherence contributions in synergistic muscles during pedaling'. Experimental Brain Research, . [Details]
Catherine Adans-Dester, Alessandra Scarton, Jean Francois Daneault, Victoria Vega, Giacomo Severini, Zimi Sawacha, Ugo Della Croce, Paolo Bonato (2015) 'Evaluation of a robotic knee brace during the performance of functional tasks in stroke survivors'. Gait and Posture, . [Details]
M Pietrusinski, I Cajigas, G Severini, P Bonato, C Mavroidis (2014) 'Robotic Gait Rehabilitation Trainer'. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, . [Details]
G Severini, S Conforto, M Schmid, T D'Alessio (2012) 'A multivariate auto-regressive method to estimate cortico-muscular coherence for the detection of movement intent'. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, . [Details]
G Severini, S Conforto, M Schmid, T D¿Alessio (2012) 'Novel formulation of a double threshold algorithm for the estimation of muscle activation intervals designed for variable SNR environments'. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, . [Details]
Silvia Conforto, Ivan Bernabucci, Giacomo Severini, Maurizio Schmid, Tommaso D'Alessio (2009) 'Biologically inspired modelling for the control of upper limb movements: from concept studies to future applications'. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, . [Details]
S Conforto, C De Marchis, G Severini, T D¿Alessio (2009) 'Tremor detection and tracking through sEMG analysis'. Gait and Posture, . [Details]

Conference Publications

Vincent CK Cheung, Karthik Devarajan, Giacomo Severini, Andrea Turolla, Paolo Bonato (2015) Decomposing time series data by a non-negative matrix factorization algorithm with temporally constrained coefficients Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE [Details]
Antoine Dewarrat, Giacomo Severini, Paolo Bonato, Maciej Pietrusinski, Dinos Mavroidis (2014) Triggering motor adaptations at the pelvis using the RGR trainer Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC), 2014 40th Annual [Details]
C De Marchis, S Conforto, G Severini, M Schmid, T D'Alessio (2012) Detecting and characterizing tremor from the surface EMG signal World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering [Details]
Maciej Pietrusinski, Giacomo Severini, Iahn Cajigas, Constantinos Mavroidis, Paolo Bonato (2012) Design of a Gait Training device for control of pelvic obliquity Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE [Details]
G Severini, S Conforto, C De Marchis, M Schmid, TD Alessio (2011) A SNR-independent formulation of a double threshold algorithm for the estimation of muscle activation intervals Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE [Details]
C De Marchis, S Conforto, G Severini, M Schmid, T D'Alessio (2011) Detection of tremor bursts from the sEMG signal: an optimization procedure for different detection methods Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE [Details]
E Rocon, JA Gallego, L Barrios, AR Victoria, J Ibanez, Dario Farina, Francesco Negro, Jacob Lund Dideriksen, S Conforto, T D'Alessio, G Severini, JM Belda-Lois, LZ Popovic, G Grimaldi, M Manto, JL Pons (2010) Multimodal BCI-mediated FES suppression of pathological tremor Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE [Details]
G Severini, S Conforto, I Bernabucci, M Schmid, T D¿Alessio (2009) Tremor control during movement of the upper limb using artificial neural networks 4th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering [Details]


Research Interests

Research interests:
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Learning 
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Locomotion

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Investigating the components of human bilateral control of lower limb movements by means of a novel cycling-based paradigm
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Development of an actuated bike crank arm for robotic pre-gait and cycling therapy
Start Date / End Date : 19-MAY-17 / 18-AUG-17

Current Postgraduate Students

Ian Rankin, Engineering Science (MEngSc)   -   Secondary Supervisor
Magdalena Zych, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor



Modules Coordinated

201600   EEEN40350     Electronic & Electrical Eng: Rehabilitation Engineering
201600   EEEN30160     Electronic & Electrical Eng: Biomedical Signals & Images


Internal Collaborators

Dr. Donal Holland, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

External Collaborators

Prof. Paolo Bonato, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Vincent C. K. Cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Silvia Conforto, Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre
Dr. Anna Margherita Castronovo, Imperial College