FARINA Dario, Prof. Dr.
Director of the Institute
MUCELI Silvia, PhD


Dario Farina received Ph.D. degrees in automatic control and computer science and in electronics and communications engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France, (2001) and Politecnico di Torino (2002), respectively. After being a research scientist at the Laboratory for Neuromuscular System Engineering (LISiN) of Politecnico di Torino, he was an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark (2004-2008). At the same University, in 2008 he became Full Professor in Motor Control and Biomedical Signal Processing and the Head of the Research Group on Neural Engineering and Neurophysiology of Movement. In 2010 he was appointed Full Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. In this position, he is also the Chair for NeuroInformatics of the BFNT Göttingen since 2010. Prof. Farina has been the President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) in 2012-2014 and he is currently Past President of ISEK. Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award. His research focuses on neurorehabilitation technology, neural control of movement, and biomedical signal processing and modelling. Within these areas, Prof. Farina has (co)-authored more than 350 papers in peer-reviewed Journals and over 400 among conference papers/abstracts, book chapters, and encyclopedia contributions. He has been the (co-)Editor of the IEEE/Wiley books Introduction to Neural Engineering for Motor Rehabilitation (2013) and Surface Electromyography: Physiology, Engineering and Applications (2015). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and an Associate Editor of The Journal of Physiology and of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

Silvia Muceli received the M.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree at The International Doctoral School in Biomedical Science and Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2013. She has been working at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany (2011-2017), until she moved to Imperial College London, UK.

Her main research interests concern surface and intramuscular electromyography, biomedical signal processing and modelling, neurophysiology of movement, advanced prosthetic control, and bioelectrode design.

Dr Deren Barsakcioglu is a research associate at Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He received B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin, and M.Sc. in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design at Imperial College London in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He later joined Next Generation Neural Interfaces research group at Imperial College where he received his PhD in biomedical circuits and systems in 2016.

Following his PhD, Dr Barsakcioglu was awarded EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship and worked as a Research Associate in Next Generation Neural Interfaces research group at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In October 2017, he joined Farina Group at Department of Bioengineering where he currently carries out research on neural signal processing for spike sorting and electrophysiological decoding of human movements in upper limb prosthesis control.

Dr Barsakcioglu’s main research interest is developing technologies for human-machine interfacing. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, machine learning and real-time embedded systems.