Mr Luca Parisi

DipHE(Hons) University of Bradford, BEng(Hons) Cardiff University, AMIMechE, MIET

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Luca spent his first two academic years at the University of Bradford in Medical Engineering, under the main supervision of the Head of Department for the Medical and Healthcare Technology Programmes within the School of Engineering, Dr Mansour Youseffi. Luca studied for a Diploma of Higher Education with Honors and Distinction in Medical Engineering and collaborated within the Biomechanics Laboratory and the School of Optometry and Vision Science as a laboratory assistant. His work was in motion capture-related projects aimed at improving the safety of staircases placed in public places for the elderly who are affected by impaired vision.

During that time, Luca and a coursemate established the Bradford University & College Judo Club, managing to include wheelchair users for the first time in a martial art University of Bradford-based student society. The club achieved various successes at the British Universities & Colleges Sport Championship in 2013 and 2014, both as individuals and as a team.

In the summer of 2014, Luca gained an internship at the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS) in Italy. He had the good fortune to be mentored by Professor Ferdinando Mancini while assessing the performance of two different prosthetic feet for transtibial amputees via artificial neural networks. This study was then published, and with the support of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET2007), presented at an international scientific conference in Barcelona, Spain (abstract available on ResearchGate).

After this, his first summer internship, he moved to Cardiff University, to immediately commence a second summer internship, and then complete his Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Medical Engineering with the Best Final Year Project in the whole School of Engineering for the academic year 2014/2015.

Luca’s good fortune continued. He was able to intern under Professor Catherine Holt and Dr Gemma Whatling at the Cardiff Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre. He assessed the performance of two diverse prosthetic total hip replacements via artificial neural networks, and helped doctoral students collect data for motion capture studies aimed at aiding the rehabilitation of patients affected by shoulder injuries.

Professor Holt's and Dr Whatling's supervision extended to his undergraduate project. Along with the help of doctoral student Mr Paul Robert Biggs, Luca carried out a preliminary validation of the Cardiff Artificial Intelligence Classifier (CC). The CC was designed to diagnose knee osteoarthritis, and to monitor the extent of a total knee replacement (TKR) surgery outcome. The results were presented at the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow, on July, 15th 2015.

After graduation, Luca embarked on a third summer internship (June–July 2015), funded by the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER), in which he performed another preliminary validation, this time of the use of the Microsoft KinectTM v2 sensor as an assistive tool to aid in-home rehabilitation for stroke patients, and patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Currently, he is studying toward a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Auckland.

In all the works he undertakes, Luca strives to form mutually beneficial professional relationships built on ethics and team work, for improving the quality of the outcome, to maximise the group’s performance, and optimise the benefit delivered to the patients.
 

Research | Current

Thesis

Developing and validating a novel integrated computational model of the human lung to understand the pathophysiology of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Luca is currently working on building an integrated model of the human lung to assist in quantifying clinical benefit in patients with ARDS under mechanical ventilation in different postures.

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Stream Leader for the Stage I, PHYSICS 160: Physics for the Life Sciences module.


Teaching Assistant and Course Designer for the Stage III, Engineering Science ENGSCI311 and ENGSCI313 modules named "Mathematical Modelling 3".

Teaching Assistant for the Stage II, Engineering Science ENGSCI211 module named "Mathematical Modelling 2".

Teaching Assistant for the Stage I, Engineering Science ENGGEN140 module named "Engineering Biology and Chemistry".

Distinctions/Honours

Responsibilities

Luca is:

Areas of expertise

  • Mathematics

  • Advanced Statistics

  • Statistical Machine Learning

  • Clinical Biomechanics

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Speech Recognition

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Information Technology

  • Computational Modelling

  • Industrial Design

  • Prosthetics

  • Teaching

  • Coaching

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Luca is an Affiliate Member in the following organisations:

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - 2012-present
  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) - 2013-present
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - 2014-present
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - 2014-present
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) - 2015-present
  • IEEE Young Professionals - 2015-present
  • Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) - 2015-present
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - 2016-present
  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE/CIS) - 2017-present
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS) - 2017-present
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) - 2017-present
  • World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP) - 2017-present
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - 2017-present;
  • European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) - 2017-present.

Luca is a Gold Member in the following organisation:

  • European Respiratory Society (ERS) - 2016-present.

Luca is a Member with designatory letters "MIET" in the following organisation:

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - 2017-present.

Luca is an Associate Member with designatory letters "AMIMechE" in the following organisation:

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - 2017-present.