Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering



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RSM 4.15Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Professor Farina has been Full Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, (until 2010) and at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, where he founded and directed the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems (2010-2016) until he moved to Imperial College London as Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement. Within these areas, he has (co)-authored approximately 400 papers in peer-reviewed Journals and >500 conference abstract and papers. He has been the President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) (2012-2014) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the official Journal of this Society, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. He is also currently an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and the Journal of Physiology, and previously covered editorial roles in several other Journals.

Honours and Memberships


Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, London, UK (2016)

2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award (2010)

The Nightingale Prize for best paper published in Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MBEC) (2007)

External Positions

2016-Present:  Guest Professor, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

2006: Guest Professor (Signal Processing), Polytech'Orléans, Orléans, France

2006: Guest Professor (Signal Processing), Department of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Since 2016: Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology

2014-2015: Distinguished Lecturer IEEE Engineering in Medical and Biology Society

Membership of Professional Bodies

2012-2013: President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK)

Since 2008: Senior Member IEEE

2004-2016: Member of the Council of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK)


2016: Elected Fellow of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES)

2012: Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE)



Caillet AH, Avrillon S, Kundu A, et al., 2023, Larger and denser: an optimal design for surface grids of EMG electrodes to identify greater and more representative samples of motor units, Eneuro, ISSN:2373-2822

Mayer KMS, Del Vecchio A, Eskofier BM, et al., 2023, Unsupervised neural decoding of signals recorded by thin-film electrode arrays implanted in muscles using autoencoding with a physiologically derived optimisation criterion, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Vol:86, ISSN:1746-8094

Levine J, Avrillon S, Farina D, et al., 2023, Two motor neuron synergies, invariant across ankle joint angles, activate the triceps surae during plantarflexion., J Physiol

Grandi Sgambato B, Hasbani M, Barsakcioglu D, et al., 2023, High performance wearable ultrasound as a human-machine interface for wrist and hand kinematic tracking, Ieee Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, ISSN:0018-9294, Pages:1-10

Kashiwakura J, Sagastegui Alva PG, Mendez Guerra I, et al., 2023, Task-oriented design of a multi-degree of freedom upper limb prosthesis with integrated myocontrol and sensory feedback, Ieee Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, ISSN:2576-3202

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