Dr. Gianluca Gatti
University of Calabria, Italy

RESEARCH GOALS: Dr. Gatti and the research team at the University of Calabria are investigating the performance of a novel two-degree-of-freedom hinged external fixator for the treatment of human knee dislocations.

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MSC RESEARCH ASSIST AWARD: Dr. Gatti and the Department of Mechanical Energy and Management Engineering (DIMEG) of the University of Calabria have been awarded Adams for their research on hinged external fixators for knee rehabilitation.

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BIO: Dr. Gatti graduated with an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calabria in 2001, and completed his PhD at the same University in 2005, defending a thesis on the design of a measuring robot for knee motion detection in biomechanical applications. During his PhD activity, Dr. Gatti was awarded a Marie Curie Research Studentship in 2003 under the European Doctorate in Sound and Vibration Studies, and he joined the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research in Southampton (UK) for one year working on mechanical systems dynamics.

Since 2006, Dr. Gatti has been working at the Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering at the University of Calabria, where he teaches 'Mechanics of Robots' and 'Applied Mechanics' to postgraduate students. Dr. Gatti is the main author or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the field of bioengineering and mechanical systems dynamics. His current research interests include kinematics of planar and spatial mechanisms, biomechanics of the knee and related rehabilitation systems, vibration control of smart structures, non-linear vibrations and vibrational energy harvesting.