currently Chief Technology Officer at Hansen
Medical, a medical robotics startup in Mountain View, CA. At Hansen I
oversee advanced development and research areas.
I'm also a consulting Associate Professor at the Robotics Lab, in the CS Department of Stanford University. At Stanford I
co-teach the Experimental
Haptics class and the Surgical Robotics Seminar. I have collaborated (and
still collaborate albeit much less than when I was a full time academic) with
Kenneth Salisbury, Jean Claude Latombe, Francois Conti, Gunter Niemeyer, and
Mark Cutkosky (school of Engineering), Thomas Krummel, Nik Blevins, Sanjeev
Dutta, Sabine Girod (Medical School), Bill Verplank (CCRMA), and Jeremy
Bailenson (School of Communication). Other collaborators at Stanford who have
relocated are Hong Tan (Purdue University) and Will Provancher (University of
I'm an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics,
and a program committee member of the Haptic Symposium. I've served, and
still serve, in a variety of other program committees for conferences dealing
with haptics and robotics.
Between 2002 and 2004 I was an assistant professor at the DII at the University of Siena. There I co-managed the
haptics group and collaborated with Domenico Prattichizzo, Alberto Bemporad,
and Antonio Vicino. Between 2002 and 2004 I was also a post-doctoral fellow
at the Stanford Robotics Lab (and yes, the commute was killing me).
I was a Ph.D. student at PERCRO, Scuola Superiore S.Anna (Pisa), part of Professor Massimo Bergamasco's group.