Head of "Medical Technology Group"


Heidelberg University

email: lorenzo.masia(AT)

Lorenzo Masia graduated in  Mechanical Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome in 2003 and in 2007 He accomplished his PhD in “Mechanical Measurement for Engineering” at the University of Padua. He was visiting researcher at the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (from Jan- 2005 to Dec 2006) working at the Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. Under the supervision of Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs and Prof. Neville Hogan. He designed the first prototype of InMotion Hand Robot for hand motor restoration, a modular device now commercialized by Bionik Lab & Interactive Motion Technology Inc.

He was at first postdoctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and then Team Leader of the Motor Learning and Rehabilitation Laboratory of the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. His research was focused on design & development of novel mechatronic devices for rehabilitation and implementation of control strategies for human robot interaction.

With more than 10 years of experience in the field of Haptics, Robot-Aided Rehabilitation and Assitive Technology Dr Masia was awarded multiple times in the leading conferences in Biorobotics and Robotic Rehabilitation winning two IEEE Best Student Paper Awards (IEEE ICORR2015 and IEEE Biorob2016) and an IEEE Best Paper Award (IEEE ICORR2011). At last one of his paper published on Robotics and Automation Letter has been recently shortlisted as one of the finalists of "Best Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Paper Award" at IEEE ICRA 2017 held in Singapore on May 2017.

Dr Masia has been appointed twice Program Chair for the IEEE International Conference in Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) 2015 and IEEE Biorobotics and Biomechatronic Conference (BIOROB) 2016. He served as Chairman for Workshop/Tutorial for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE ICRA 2017) held in Singapore on May 2017, and He was the Program Chair of IEEE ICORR 2017 (London, UK). In 2018 He served Program Chair of International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR 2018) and Co-Program Chair, Editor in Chief and Editor of Publication for IEEE Biorob 2018.

He was an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore, leading the ARIES Lab (Assistive Robotics and Interactive Ergonomic Systems); his activities expands outside the university with two joint labs in the major rehabilitation institutions in Singapore, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

He was Associate Professor in Biodesign at University of Twente (The Netherlands) from June 2018 to March 2019.


Now he is Full Professor in Medical Technology and Biorobotics at Heidelberg University (Germany) at the Institute of Computer Engineering or Institut für Technische Informatik (ZITI).

He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at University of Southern Denmark (SDU) where he collaborates with the The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute.