Luca Citi, Ph.D.

  Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Harvard Medical School

Dept. of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Affiliate

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact information


postal address:
Dept. of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
149 13th St, Charlestown, MA 02129



2004 Laurea degree (BS+MS) in Electronic Engineering from Università degli studi di Firenze, Italy. Thesis title: "A Brain-Computer Interface by means of evolutionary methods of EEG-signals processing".
2009 PhD in Biorobotics Science and Engineering jointly offered by IMT Lucca and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. Thesis title: "Development of a neural interface for the control of a robotic hand". PhD coordinator: Paolo Dario. Supervisors: Silvestro Micera and Oliver Tonet.


I am currently working on the statistical analysis of human cardiovascular rhythms. I study, together with my supervisor Dr Barbieri, stochastic models of cardiovascular control where heart beat intervals are governed by a history-dependent point process. This framework allows for new definitions of heart rate and heart rate variability based on the statistical properties of the point process.

I am also interested in non-invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and Event-Related Potentials (ERPs). In the past I have been a senior research officer at the BCI group of the University of Essex, UK, working with Prof Poli on ERP-based BCIs.

During my PhD, I worked on the processing of neural signals recorded from invasive peripheral nerve interfaces for the control of a robotic arm. The decoding algorithm I developed was used in a pioneering implant of a neurally controlled hand by a human amputee (explanatory video in Italian).



I was recently appointed Lecturer in Computational Intelligence at the University of Essex, UK.

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