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March 2023

Prof. Roberto Merletti, Ph.D.

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Name
Roberto Merletti
Place and date of birth
Torino, 6 Marzo 1945
Citizenship
Italian
Office address
Dip.to di Elettronica, Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24 Torino, 10129
tel. 011 090 7763 oppure 011 0904137,
E-mail: [email protected]
URL: https://www.robertomerletti.it
Last position
Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Dept. of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (retired Nov 2015).
Director of the Lab. for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System (LISiN), Politecnico di Torino, Italy (retired Nov 2015).

University Education

1968Politecnico di Torino “Laurea” in Electronic Engineering
1970The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. Master of Science
1972The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., Doctoral Degree (PhD)

Main teaching activities

2015 - PresentDevelopment of the free teaching website www.robertomerletti.it
1997 - 2015Director of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System. Teaching of doctoral courses.
2005 - 2015Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Dept of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Teaching of “Biomedical Instrumentation”, “Engineering of the Neuromuscular System”, “Rehabilitation Engineering”.
1984 - 2005Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Dept of Electronics, Politechnic of Torino, Italy
1989 - 1994Associate Professor of “Biomedical Instrumentation” and of “Biomedical Signal Processing” Department of Biomedical Eng., Boston University, USA
1979 - 1984Assistant Professor of "Biomedical Instrumentation" at Polit. di Torino

Main activities in research and industry

2000 - 2016Supervisor of 11 PhD fellows (Brasil, Cina, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Pakistan)
1997 - 2015Director of the Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System.
2008 - 2012Coordinator of the Project “Technologies for Anal Sphincter analysis and Incontinence” (TASI), Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino
2005 - 2008
  • Coordinator of the Marie Curie Project “Decomposition of multichannel surface electromyograms” (DEMUSE)
  • Partner of the European project “Cybernetic Manufacturing Systems” (CyberManS),
  • Coordinator of the ESA Project “Microgravity Effects on Skeletal Muscles”
  • Partner of the ASI Project “Osteoporosis and Muscle atrophy” (OSMA)
2005 - 2007Coordinator of National Project (PRIN) “Study of Muscular and Adrenocortical Responses to Training”
2001 - 2004
  • Coordinator of the European project “Neuromuscular Assessment of the Elderly worker” (NEW, 2001-2004)
  • Partner of the European project “On Asymmetry In Sphincters” (OASIS)
1997 - 2000Partner and Member of the Management Committee of the European Concerted action “Surface Electromyography for Non Invasive EMG” (SENIAM).
1998 - 2001Partner and Member of the Management Committee of the European Concerted action PROCID
1989 - 1994Research activity at the Neuromuscular Research Center of Boston University (USA)
1973 - 1979Research activity at the company "Sorin Biomedica" in the fields of cardiac and neuromuscular stimulation

Services to the Scientific Community

Associate Editor of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Former member of the Editorial Board of Biomedical signal processing and control

Former member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

Former member of the Editorial Board of European J. of Applied Physiology

Former member of the Editorial Board of Physiological Measurement

Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Medical Engineering and Physics (July 1999)

Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (October 2000)

Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Physiological Measurement (2009)

President of the Congress of Biomedical Engineering in Exercise and Sport (Torino, 2006)

President of the Congress of the International Society for Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (June 2006)

Recognitions and Honors:

Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Fellow of the Intern. Society for electromyography and kinesiology (ISEK)

Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA)

Summary of publications

International Books 4
Chapters in international books 5
Chapters in national books 7
Publications in peer-reviewed international journals200
Publications on National Journals 30
Publications in Proceedings of Intern. Congresses>150
Publications in Proceedings of National. Congresses20

Patents

Four patents registered by Politecnico di Torino

Publications: Books and Chapters of Books

  1. Hermens H., Freriks B, Merletti R., Stegeman D., Blok J., Rau G., Disselhorst-Klug C., Hagg G., European Recommendations for Surface Electromyography, RRD publish. ISBN 90-75452-15-2, 1999.

  2. Hermens H., Freriks B, Merletti R., Stegeman D., Blok J., Rau G., Disselhorst-Klug C., Hagg G., Raccomandazioni Europee per l’Elettromiografia di Superficie, Edizione italiana a cura di R. Merletti, Coop. Lib. Univ. Torinese (CLUT), ISBN 88-7992-1525, 2000

  3. Merletti (editor) , Elementi di elettromiografia di superficie, Coop. Lib. Univ. Torinese (CLUT), ISBN 88-7922-153-3, 2000

  4. Pozzo M., Farina D., Merletti R., Electromyography: detection, processing and applications, in: Handbook of biomedical technology and devices, J. E. Moore (ed.), CRC Press, 2003

  5. Farina D., Filligoi G.C., Merletti R., Analisi di segnali EMG di superficie per lo studio del controllo motorio. In “Bioingegneria della postura e del movimento” Cappello A., Cappozzo A., di Prampero P.E. (Eds.), Patron Editore (Pub.), pp. 281-306, 2003

  6. Merletti R., Medicina del lavoro: valutazioni tramite EMG di superficie. In “Bioingegneria della postura e del movimento” Cappello A., Cappozzo A., di Prampero P.E. (Eds.), Patron Editore (Pub.), pp. 495-510, 2003

  7. Merletti R., Marchetti M., Contardo V., Veronica M., Applicazioni dell’EMG di superficie in riabilitazione sportiva, cap. 4.7 del testo “La Spalla e lo Sport”, Masson,

  8. Merletti R., Parker P.A. (edts.), Electromyography: Physiology, engineering and non invasive applications, IEEE Press / J Wiley, USA, 2004

  9. Rainoldi A., Minetto M., Merletti R. (edtrs), Biomedical Engineering in exercise and sports Edizioni Minerva Medica, Torino 2006, Italy

  10. Barbero R., Rainoldi A, Merletti R. Atlas of muscle innervation zones: understanding surface EMG and its applications, Springer, Italy 2012

  11. Merletti R., Pelvic floor EMG: principles, technique and applications, Ch 7 of “ Childbirth related pelvic floor dysfunctions”, Springer, 2016.

  12. Merletti R, Farina D. (edts) Surface Electromyography: physiology, engineering and applications, IEEE Press / J Wiley, USA, May 2016

  13. Merletti R., Campanini I., Rymer W.Z., Disselhorst-Klug C., (editors), Surface electromyography: barriers limiting widespread use of sEMG in clinical assessment and neurorehabilitation. Open Access E-book. Frontiers in Neurology/Neurorehabilitation, 2021, doi: 10.3389/978-2-88966-616-4, ISBN 2889666166, 9782889666164

Main publications on peer reviewed international journals (2010-2022).

  1. Barone U, Merletti R. Design of a portable, intrinsically safe multichannel acquisition system for high-resolution, real-time processing HD-sEMG. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2013;60:2242-52.

  2. Baudry S, Lanfranco F, Merletti R, Duchateau J, Minetto MA. Effects of Short-Term Dexamethasone Administration on Corticospinal Excitability. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014; 46(4):695-701. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000162.

  3. Botter A, Vieira TM, Loram ID, Merletti R, Hodson-Tole EF. A novel system of electrodes transparent to ultrasound for simultaneous detection of myoelectric activity and B-mode ultrasound images of skeletal muscles. J Appl Physiol. 2013;115:1203-1214. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00090.2013.

  4. Gallina A, Merletti R, Gazzoni M. Uneven spatial distribution of surface EMG: what does it mean? Eur J Appl Physiol. 2013;113:887-894. doi: 10.1007/s00421-012-2498-2

  5. Gallina A, Ritzel CH, Merletti R, Vieira TM. Do surface electromyograms provide physiological estimates of conduction velocity from the medial gastrocnemius muscle? J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2013;23:319-325. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.11.007.

  6. Piitulainen H, Botter A, Merletti R, Avela J. Multi-channel electromyography during maximal isometric and dynamic contractions. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2013;23:302-310. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.10.009.

  7. Rojas-Martínez M, Mañanas MA, Alonso JF, Merletti R. Identification of isometric contractions based on High Density EMG maps. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2013 ;23:33-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.06.009.

  8. Watanabe K, Gazzoni M, Holobar A, Miyamoto T, Fukuda K, Merletti R, Moritani T. Motor unit firing pattern of vastus lateralis muscle in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Muscle Nerve. 2013;48:806-13.

  9. C. Cescon, E. E. Raimondi, V. Začesta, K. Drusany-Starič , K. Martsidis, R. Merletti Characterization of the motor units of the external anal sphincter in pregnant women with multichannel surface EMG, Int. Urogynecol. Journ. 2014; 25:1097–1103

  10. C. Cescon, D. Riva, V. Začesta, K. Drusany-Starič. K. Martsidis, O. Protsepko, K. Baessler, R. Merletti, Effect of vaginal delivery on the external anal sphincter muscle innervation pattern evaluated by multichannel surface EMG: results of the multicentre study TASI-2, Int. Urogynecol Journ. 2014; 25:1491–1499

  11. Farina D, Merletti R, Enoka RM. The extraction of neural strategies from the surface EMG: an update. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Dec 1;117(11):1215-1230.

  12. Piervirgili G, Petracca F, Merletti R. A new method to assess skin treatments for lowering the impedance and noise of individual gelled Ag-AgCl electrodes. Physiol. Meas. 2014;35:2101-2118.

  13. Ullah K, Cescon C, Afsharipour B, Merletti R. Automatic detection of motor unit innervation zones of the external anal sphincter by multichannel surface EMG. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2014;6:860-867.

  14. Li X, Holobar A, Gazzoni M, Merletti R, Rymer W, Zhou P. Examination of Post-stroke Alteration in Motor Unit Firing Behavior Using High Density Surface EMG Decomposition. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015;62:1242-1252.

  15. Afsharipour B., Ullah K., Merletti R., Amplitude indicators and spatial aliasing in high density surface electromyography recordings, Biomed. Signal Proc. and Control, 2015; 22: 170-179.

  16. Afsharipour B, Petracca F, Gasparini M, Merletti R. Spatial distribution of surface EMG on trapezius and lumbar muscles of violin and cello players in single note playing. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2016; 31: 144-153. 10.1016/j.jelekin.2016.10.003.

  17. Cattarello P., Merletti R. , Petracca F., Analysis of High Density Surface EMG and finger pressure in the left forearm of violin players. Medical Problems of Performing Artists (MPPA) Sept. 2017, doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2017.3023

  18. Cattarello P., Vinelli S., D’Emanuele S., Gazzoni M., Merletti R., Comparison of chairs based on HDsEMG of back muscles, biomechanical and comfort indices, for violin and viola players: A short term study. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2018; 42: 92-103.

  19. Afsharipour B., Soedirdjo S., R. Merletti, Two-dimensional surface EMG: The effects of electrode size,interelectrode distance and image truncation. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control (2019) 49, 298–307

  20. Besomi M., Hodges A., Van Dieen J., et al., Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: electrode selection matrix. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2019; 48: 128–144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2019.07.008

  21. Merletti R., Muceli S., Tutorial. Surface EMG detection in space and time: best practices. Journ. of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2019; 49: doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2019.102363

  22. Russo A., Aranceta-Garza A., D’Emanuele S., Serafino F., Merletti R., HDsEMG activity of the lumbar erector spinae in violin players: comparison of two chairs. Medical Probl. of Perform. Artists, 2019; 34(4): 205-214, doi: 10.21091/mppa.2019.4034

  23. Merletti R., Cerone G.L., Tutorial. Surface EMG detection, conditioning and pre-processing: best practices, Journ. of Electromyogr. and Kinesiol., 2020; 54 102440, doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2020.102440

  24. Besomi M, Hodges PW, Clancy EA, Van Dieën J, Hug F, Lowery M, Merletti R, et al. Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: Amplitude normalization matrix. Jour. Electromyogr. Kinesiol. 2020;53:102438. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2020.102438.

  25. Campanini I., Disselhorst-Klug C., Rymer W.Z., Merletti R., Surface EMG in Clinical Assessment and Neurorehabilitation: Barriers Limiting Its Use., Frontiers in Neurology/Neurorehab. 2020; doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2020.00934

  26. McManus L., Lowery M., Merletti R. et al., Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: Terminology matrix. Journ. Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2021;59 , 102565, doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2021.102565.
  27. Korrami Chokami A., Gasparini M. Merletti R., Identification of periodic bursts in surface EMG: applicationsto the erector spinae muscles of sitting violin players. Biomed. Signal Process. and Control, 2021; 65, 102369, doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2020.102369.
  28. Aranceta-Garza A. , Russo A., D’Emanuele S.,Serafino F., Merletti R., High density surface electromyographic activity of the lumbar erector spinae muscles and confort/discomfort assessment in piano players: comparison of two chairs. Frontiers in Physiology 12:743730, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.743730
  29. Merlo A., Montecchi M.G., Lombardi,F., Vata, X., Musi A., Lusuardi M., Merletti,R., Campanini I. Monitoring involuntary muscle activity in acute patients with upper motor neuron lesion by wearable sensors. A feasibility study. Sensors, 2021;21(9):3120. doi: 10.3390/s21093120.

  30. Merletti R., Campanini I., Rymer W.Z., Disselhorst-Klug C., Editorial: Surface Electromyography: Barriers Limiting Widespread Use of sEMG in Clinical Assessment and Neurorehabilitation, Front. Neurol.,/Neurorehab. 2021, https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2021.642257
  31. Gallina A, Disselhorst-Klug C, Farina D, Merletti R, et al.. Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: High-density surface electromyography matrix. Journ. Electromyogr. Kinesiol. 2022;64:102656. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2022.102656.

  32. Barbero G., Evangelista L. R., Merletti R. Half-cell and noise voltages at a metal-electrode and dilute solution interface, Journ. Statistical Mechanics:Theory and Experiment, 2022; doi.org/10.1088/1742-5468/ac827e

  33. Campanini, I., Merlo, A., Disselhorst-Klug, C., Mesin, L., Muceli, S., Merletti, R. ,Fundamental Concepts of Bipolar and High-Density Surface EMG Understanding and Teaching for Clinical, Occupational, and Sport Applications: Origin, Detection, and Main Errors. Sensors 2022, 22, 4150. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22114150

  34. Merletti R. ,Temporiti F., Gatti R., Gupta S., Sandrini G., Serrao M. Translation of surface electromyography (sEMG) to clinical and motor rehabilitation applications: the need for new clinical figures. Translational Neuroscience, 2023, 2023;14(1):20220279, doi.org/10.1515/tnsci-2022-0279

  35. Martinez-Valdes E, Enoka RM, Holobar A, McGill K, Farina D, Besomi M, Hug F, Falla D, Carson RG, Clancy EA, Disselhorst-Klug C, van Dieën JH, Tucker K, Gandevia S, Lowery M, Søgaard K, Besier T, Merletti R, Kiernan MC, Rothwell JC, Perreault E, Hodges P., Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: Single motor unit matrix. J. Electromyogr. Kinesiol., 2023; 68:102726. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2022.102726.

  36. Clancy E., Morin E., Hajian G., Merletti R., Tutorial. Surface electromyogram (sEMG) amplitude estimation: Best practices. J. Electromyogr Kinesiol., 2023;72:102807. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2023.102807.
  37. Merletti R., Metrology in sEMG and movement analysis: the need for training new figures in clinical rehabilitation. Front. Rehabil. Sci. 2024, 5:1353374. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2024.1353374
  38. Khorrami Chokami A., Merletti R., Right-Left sEMG Burst Synchronization of the Lumbar Erector Spinae Muscles of Seated Violin Players. Submitted.
  39. Muceli S., Merletti R., Tutorial. Frequency analysis of the surface EMG signal: Best practices. Submitted.