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Paolo Bonato

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor
  • Harvard Medical School
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Paolo Bonato, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston MA. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA, and an Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Boston MA. He has held Adjunct Faculty positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, the University of Ireland, Galway Ireland, and the University of Melbourne Australia. Dr. Bonato serves as Member of the Advisory Board of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and as Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine. He served as Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (2004-2014). Dr. Bonato served as an Elected Member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) AdCom (2007-2010) and currently serves as IEEE EMBS Vice-President for Publications (2013-present). He served as President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (2008-2010). He also served as Chair of the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2011) and as Chair of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems in 2008, a committee of which he was a founding member in 2006 and on which he served until 2012. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Universita` di Roma “La Sapienza” in 1995. His research interest is focused on rehabilitation technology with special emphasis on mobile health technology and rehabilitation robotics.

Research interests

Recent publications

  • Complex Upper-Limb Movements Are Generated by Combining Motor Primitives that Scale with the Movement Size

    • Miranda J
    • Daneault J
    • Vergara-Diaz G
    • et al.
  • From A to Z: Wearable technology explained

    • Godfrey A
    • Hetherington V
    • Shum H
    • et al.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Harvard Medical School

September 2002 - Present


Biomedical Engineering

Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza

September 1995 - Present


Politecnico di Torino

December 1989 - Present