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Cristiano De Marchis, PhD

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Cristiano De Marchis received the PhD in Bioengineering at University 'Roma Tre' in 2013, defending the thesis “Neuromechanics of Human movement: processing techniques and computational models for an integrated view of motor behavior”. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Engineering, involved in research activities for the development of experimentally-driven models related to the modular control of human movement through the combination of multi-modal signals, the development of algorithms and solutions in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and biomedical signal processing. Since 2016 he teaches the course of “Neural Engineering”, within the Master’s Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University Roma Tre. He is author of more than 30 contributions in the field of biomedical engineering. He is a referee for a number of International Journals in the field of biomedical engineering and related fields (Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neural Engineering, Neuroscience, Experimental Brain research, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Medical Engineering & Physics, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Journal of Sports Sciences, Sensors, European Journal of Sport Science, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on on Biomedical Engineering, Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, PLOS One). He is a member IEEE, EMBS, GNB, fellow of the Bioengineering of Human Neuromusculoskeletal System Interuniversity centre (BoHNES) and of the “Behavioral Imaging & Neural Dynamics (BIND)” centre of “Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio” in Chieti-Pescara. Research Interests: Muscle Synergies, Modularity of the motor system, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Human Movement, Motor Control, Electromyography, Biomechanics, Gait Analysis, Neuro-mechanics, Signal Processing, Neuro-rehabilitation, Tremor, Stroke.

Participation to projects and programs

EU-FP7 Program FP7-ICT-2007-2 Project #224051: "TREMOR — An ambulatory BCI-driven tremor suppression system based on functional electrical stimulation" (2008-2011)

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Matlab Code: Adaptive algorithm for sEMG envelope estimation Download Code

List of Publications

Publications on International Journals
[J1] T. Varrecchia, C. De Marchis, M. Rinaldi, F. Draicchio, M. Serrao, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, A. Ranavolo. Lifting activity assessment using surface electromyographic features and neural networks. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 66: 1-9, 2018
[J2] M.H.Soomro, S. Conforto, G. Giunta, S. Ranaldi, C. De Marchis. Comparison of Initialization Techniques for the Accurate Extraction of Muscle Synergies from Myoelectric Signals via Nonnegative Matrix Factorization. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2018: 1-10, 2018
[J3] A.M. Castronovo, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, G. Severini. Effect of Task Failure on Intermuscular Coherence Measures in Synergistic Muscles. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2018: 1-13, 2018
[J4] S. Ranaldi, C. De Marchis, S. Conforto. An automatic, adaptive, information-based algorithm for the Extraction of the sEMG envelope. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 42: 1-9, 2018
[J5] C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid. Gait parameters are differently affected by concurrent smartphone-based activities with scaled levels of cognitive effort. PLoS One, 12(10): e0185825, 2017
[J6] C. De Marchis, T. Santos Monteiro, C. Simon-Martinez, S. Conforto, A. Gharabaghi. Multi-contact Functional Electrical Stimulation for hand opening: electrophysiologically driven identification of the optimal stimulation site. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 13: 22, 2016
[J7] E. Ambrosini, C. De Marchis, A. Pedrocchi, G. Ferrigno, M. Monticone, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio, S. Conforto, S. Ferrante. Neuro-mechanics of recumbent leg cycling in post-acute stroke patients. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, doi:10.1007/s10439-016-1660-0: , 2016
[J8] C. De Marchis, G. Severini, A.M. Castronovo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. Intermuscular coherence contributions in synergistic muscles during pedaling. Experimental Brain Research, 233(6): 1907-1919, 2015
[J9] C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, D. Bibbo, A.M. Castronovo, T. D'Alessio, S. Conforto. Feedback of mechanical effectiveness induces adaptations in motor modules during cycling. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7(35): 1-12, 2013
[J10] C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, D. Bibbo, I. Bernabucci, S. Conforto. Inter-individual variability of forces and modular muscle coordination in cycling: A study on untrained subjects. Human Movement Science, 32(6): 1480-1494, 2013
[J11] C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. An optimized method for tremor detection and temporal tracking through repeated second order moment calculations on the surface EMG signal. Medical Engineering & Physics, 34(9): 1268-1277, 2012
Contributions appeared on Proceedings of International Conferences
[C1] C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid. Gait ratios and variability indices to quantify the effect of using smartphones in dual-task walking. World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2018 , Prague, Czech Republic: June 3-7, 2018
[C2] C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, A. Scorza, , M. Schmid. Wavelet-based detection of gait events from inertial sensors: analysis of sensitivity to scale choice. IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), Rome, Italy: June 11-13, 2018
[C3] S. Ranaldi, C. De Marchis, M. Rinaldi, S. Conforto. The effect of Non-Negative Matrix Factorization initialization on the accurate identification of muscle synergies with correlated activation signals. IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), Rome, Italy: June 11-13, 2018
[C4] G. Severini, C. De Marchis. Effect of SNR normalization on the estimation of muscle synergies from EMG datasets. IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), Rome, Italy: June 11-13, 2018
[C5] C. De Marchis, J. Di Somma, M. Zych, S. Conforto, G. Severini. The generalization of Motor Adaptation is explained through the recruitment of previously adapted muscle synergies. XXII Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK 2018), Dublin, Ireland: June 30 - July 2, 2018
[C6] C. De Marchis, S. Ranaldi, S. Conforto. Muscle synergies of the contralateral lower limb in trans-femoral amputees gait. XXII Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK 2018), Dublin, Ireland: June 30 - July 2, 2018
[C7] S. Ranaldi, C. De Marchis, M. Guaitolini, S. Conforto. Indexes for the functional evaluation of dynamic stability in amputees gait. XXII Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK 2018), Dublin, Ireland: June 30 - July 2, 2018
[C8] M.H. Soomro, G. Giunta, A. Laghi, D. Caruso, M. Ciolina, C. De Marchis, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Haralick's texture analysis applied to colorectal T2-weighted MRI: a preliminary study of significance for cancer evolution. 13th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (BioMed), Innsbruck, Austria: February 20-21, 2017
[C9] M.H. Soomro, G. Giunta, A. Laghi, D. Caruso, M. Ciolina, C. De Marchis, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Segmenting MR Images by Level-Set Algorithms for Perspective Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis. European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, : , 2017
[C10] C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, S. Conforto, C. De Marchis, A. Proto, M. Schmid. Spatio-temporal gait parameters as estimated from wearable sensors placed at different waist levels. IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (IECBES), Kuala Lumpur (Malysia): December 4-8, 2016
[C11] M. Mancini, M.C. Pellicciari, D. Brignani, P. Mauri, C. De Marchis, C. Miniussi, S. Conforto. Automatic artifact suppression in simultaneous tDCS-EEG using adaptive filtering. Proceedings of the 37th IEEE-EMBS Conference, Milan, Italy: August 25 - 29, 2015
[C12] C. De Marchis, E. Ambrosini, M. Schmid, M. Monticone, A. Pedrocchi, G. Ferrigno, T' D'Alessio, S. Conforto. Neuro-mechanics of muscle coordination during recumbent pedaling in post-acute stroke patients. Proceedings of the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan, Italy: August 25-29, 2015
[C13] C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, I. Bernabucci, S. Conforto. Merging a library of basic motor modules as a general model for lower limbs muscle coordination. XX ISEK Congress, Rome, Italy: 15-18 July, 2014
[C14] C. De Marchis, E. Ambrosini, S. Ferrante, M. Schmid, M. Monticone, A. Pedrocchi, S. Conforto. Motor modules in assisted-pedaling: preliminary results on healthy subjects. XX ISEK Congress, Rome, Italy: 15-18 July, 2014
[C15] C. D'Anna, D. Bibbo, C. De Marchis, M. Goffredo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. Comparing different visual biofeedbacks in static posturography. IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), Valencia, Spain: June 1-4, 2014
[C16] C. De Marchis, F. Patanè, M. Petrarca, S. Carniel, N. Schmid, S. Conforto, E. Castelli, P. Cappa, T. D'Alessio. Neuro-mechanical assessment of postural responses on a 3-D robotic perturbed platform in children with hemiplegia. SIAMOC-ESMAC 2014, Rome: October 2014, 2014
[C17] C. De Marchis, F. Patanè, M. Petrarca, S. Carniel, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, E. Castelli, P. Cappa, T. D'Alessio. EMG and Kinematics Assessment of Postural Responses during Balance Perturbation on a 3D Robotic Platform: Preliminary Results in Children with Hemiplegia. XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, Sevilla, Spain: September 25-28, 2013
[C18] S. Conforto, A.M. Castronovo, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, M. Bertollo, C. Robazza, S. Comani, T. D'Alessio. The Fatigue Vector: A New Bi-dimensional Parameter for Muscular Fatigue Analysis. XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, Sevilla, Spain: September 25-28, 2013
[C19] S. Comani, L. Bortoli, S. Di Fronso, E. Fiho, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, C. Robazza, M. Bertollo. ERD/ERS Patterns of Shooting Performance within the Multi-Action Plan Model. XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, Sevilla, Spain: September 25-28, 2013
[C20] A.M. Castronovo, C. De Marchis, G. Severini, D. Bibbo, T. D'Alessio. Electromyographic features for the characterization of task failure during submaximal cycling. World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China: May 26-31, 2012
[C21] C. De Marchis, S. Conforto, G. Severini, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Detecting and characterizing tremor from the surface EMG signal. World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China: May 26-31, 2012
[C22] A.M. Castronovo, C. De Marchis, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Neuromuscular Adaptations during Submaximal Prolonged Cycling. Proceedings of the 34th IEEE-EMBS Conference, San Diego: 28 Aug - 1 Sep, 2012
[C23] C. De Marchis, A.M. Castronovo, D. Bibbo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. Muscle Synergies are Consistent when Pedaling under Different Biomechanical Demands. Proceedings of the 34th IEEE-EMBS Conference, San Diego: 28 Aug - 1 Sep, 2012
[C24] C. De Marchis, S. Conforto, G. Severini, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Detection of Tremor Bursts from the sEMG Signal: an Optimization Procedure for Different Detection Methods. Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE-EMBS Conference, Boston: 31 Aug - 3 Sep, 2011
[C25] G. Severini, S. Conforto, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. A SNR-Independent Formulation of a Double Threshold Algorithm for the Estimation of Muscle Activation Intervals. Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE-EMBS Congress, Boston: 31 Aug - 3 Sep, 2011
[C26] C. De Marchis, I. Bernabucci, G. Severini, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Wrist tremor reduction through a novel neural model. Proceedings of the XVIII ISEK Congress, Aalborg, Denmark: June 16-19, 2010
Short and Extended Abstracts appeared on International Journals
[EA1] S. Ranaldi, C. De Marchis, M. Rinaldi, T. Varrecchia, A. Marchesi, A. Silvetti, M. Serrao, A. Ranavolo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, F. Draicchio. Modular motor control of the contralateral limb in trans-femoral amputees gait. Gait & Posture, 57: 24-25, 2017
[EA2] M. Guaitolini, C. De Marchis, M. Rinaldi, T. Varrecchia, G. Chini, A. Silvetti, M. Serrao, A. Ranavolo, M. Schmid, F. Draicchio, S. Conforto. Kinematic gait analysis in amputees for functional evaluation of dynamic stability. Gait & Posture, 57: 2, 2017
[EA3] S. Conforto, C. De Marchis, G. Severini, T. D'Alessio. Tremor detection and tracking through sEMG analysis . Gait and Posture supplement for SIAMOC congress , 30: 56-57, 2009
Contributions on Proceedings of National Congresses
[PN1] C. Caramia, C. De Marchis, C. D'Anna, I. Bernabucci, M. Schmid. Gait ratios as estimated by a single inertial sensor: a feasibility analysis. Sixth National Congress of Bioengineering (GNB2018), Milan, Italy: June 25-27, 2018
[PN2] S. Ranaldi, C. De Marchis, S. Conforto. An automatic algorithm for the sEMG envelope estimation: evaluation on experimental data. Sixth National Congress of Bioengineering (GNB2018), Milan, Italy: June 25-27, 2018
[PN3] M.H. Soomro, C. de Marchis, S. Conforto, G. Giunta. NNSVD-based method to extract muscle synergies. Quinto Congresso del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria, Naples: June 20-22, 2016
[PN4] C. Caramia, M. Schmid, I. Bernabucci, C. De Marchis, S. Conforto. Estrazione dei parametri del cammino in prove di cammino in coppia. XVII Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Analisi del Movimento in Clinica, Milan, Italy: October 5 - 8, 2016
[PN5] C. De Marchis, I. Bernabucci, M. Schmid, A.M. Castronovo, S. Conforto. Merging a library of basic motor modules accounts for the muscle coordination of a variety of motor tasks. Proceedings of GNB2014, Pavia, Italy: 22-24 June, 2014
[PN6] C. De Marchis, A.M. Castronovo, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto. Stability of muscle synergies across different pedalling strategies in untrained subjects. Proceedings of the Third Conference of the Italian National Bioengineering Group (GNB2012), Rome, Italy : June 27-29, 2012
[PN7] A.M. Castronovo, C. De Marchis, D. Bibbo, T. D'Alessio. Evaluation of Neuromuscular Efficiency at task failure during submaximal cycling. Proceedings of the Third Conference of the Italian National Bioengineering Group (GNB2012), Rome, Italy: June 27-29, 2012
[PN8] G. Severini, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, C. De Marchis, T. D'Alessio. A Real-Time EEG-EMG multimodal approach for the detection of voluntary activity in patients affected by tremor impairment . GNB , Torino: July, 2010
[PN9] C. De Marchis, S. Conforto, I. Bernabucci, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. A Biologically Inspired Neural Model for the Active Control of Tremor Movements. Secondo Congresso Nazionale di Bioingegneria, Torino, Italy: July 8-10, 2010