Vittorio Caggiano joined IBM research in October 2016 as Research Staff Member in the Computational Neuroscience and Multiscale Brain Modeling group. Vittorio has long been interested in understanding how the control of movement is accomplished by the central and peripheral nervous systems in healthy and diseased individuals, using both experimental and computational tools. Vittorio’s research has concerned how actions are perceived and executed through neural mechanisms at the cortical, subcortical and the spinal levels. In his studies, he has adopted a systems-level approach rooted in the application of techniques from multiple disciplines including molecular biology (optogenetics, chemogenetics), neurophysiology (single-cell, Local Field Potentials, EEG, and fMRI recordings), motion analysis (EMG and kinematics), and computational neuroscience (neural network modeling). Together with an extended international network of collaborators in the fields of experimental neuroscience, neuroprosthetics and neuro-rehabilitation, Vittorio is developing models to understand how the central and peripheral motor systems control movement. At IBM, Vittorio is also part of the Blue Sky team where he provides analytics for the monitoring of motor signatures of disease progression in Parkinsonian subjects.
Vittorio received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Salerno, Italy. Subsequently, he was a PhD student at the Graduate School of Computer and Control Engineering at the University of Naples, Italy, and a visiting PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany. From 2006 to 2010, Vittorio was a PhD student at the Max Planck Graduate School in Tuebingen where he graduated with honors. He was then a post-doctoral fellow in the Bizzi Lab at MIT, USA, and from 2014, a post-doctoral fellow in the Kiehn Lab at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Vittorio has co-authored more than 25 papers in experimental and computational neuroscience, machine learning, computer vision and image processing, published in the most prestigious journals (Nature, Science, Cell, PNAS, Nature communication, Current Biology).