Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi, PhD

Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi, PhD

Professor of Physiology, McCormick School of Engineering and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 22nd floor
355 E Erie
Chicago IL 60611

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Education and Certification

PhD: Politecnico di Milano, Bioengineering (1988)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988)


Description of Interests

Areas of interest and expertise include robotics, neurobiology of the sensory-motor system and computational neuroscience. Among Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi’s achievements are the first measurement of human arm multi-joint impedance, the development of a technique for investigating the mechanisms of motor learning through the application of deterministic force fields, the discovery of a family of integrable generalized inverses for redundant kinematic chains, the discovery of functional modules within the spinal cord that generate a discrete family of force-fields, the development of a theoretical framework for the representation, generation and learning of limb movements and the development of the first neurorobotic system in which a neural preparation in-vitro - the brainstem of a lamprey - controls the behavior of a mobile-robot through a closed-loop interaction.

Interests (Keywords)

Bioengineering; Computational Neuroscience; Movement Control; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Rehabilitation/Therapy; Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke

Research and Publications

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