Dr. Luca Leonardo Bologna (Research Engineer UPMC)

Vision Institute
Aging in Vision and Action Lab
CNRS – INSERM – University Pierre&Marie Curie
17, rue Moreau F-75012 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (0)1 53 46 26 53


Research interests: my current work mainly focuses on the design and implementation of a human aging avatar aiming at representing a computational framework to test scientific hypothesis on the impact of healthy human aging on vision and vision-related activities. I also participate to the design and realization of human navigation experimental protocols based on subject eye-tracking and motion capture as well as to the data analysis and the development of statistical analysis tools.

Short bio: I am computer science engineer by training. During my undergraduate studies I acquired programming skills and numerical simulation expertise. I pursued a PhD in neuro-engineering at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, which involved the analysis of experimental data from cultures of dissociated neurons, the development of software statistical analysis tools and the mathematical modeling and computer simulation of neuronal networks. During my post-doctoral period at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, I have been investigating information neurotransmission in the somatosensory system by developing a software architecture comprising two computational models of neuronal networks and a classification module based on machine learning techniques. In recent years, I also served as system administrator in the host laboratories and was awarded with two grants for the use of high performance computational resources on institutional clusters based on parallel computing architectures.

Keywords: human avatars, motion capture, eye tracking, aging, data analysis, software development


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  1. Bécu M, Sheynikhovich D, Tatur G, Agathos C, Bologna LL, Sahel JA and Arleo A (2019) Age-related preference for geometric spatial cues during real-world navigation. Nature Human Behaviour, (in press).


  1. Bécu M, Tatur G, Sheynikhovich D, Agathos C, Bologna LL and Arleo A (2018) Age-related preference for geometric cues during real-world navigation. In Forum of Neuroscience (FENS), Berlin, Germany, pages 345.


  1. Bécu M, Tatur G, Bourefis A, Bologna LL, Sheynikhovich D and Arleo A (2017) Age-related changes in gaze dynamics during real-world navigation. In Journal of Vision, vol. 17(10), pages 540.


  1. Korotchenko S, Cingolani LA, Kuznetsova T, Bologna LL, Chiappalone M and Dityatev A (2014) Modulation of network activity and induction of homeostatic synaptic plasticity by enzymatic removal of heparan sulfates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1654).


  1. Bologna LL*, Pinoteau J*, Passot J-B, Garrido JA, Vogel J, Ros Vidal E and Arleo A (2013) A closed-loop neurobotic system for fine touch sensing. Journal of Neural Engineering, 10(4):046019.


  1. Pinoteau J*, Bologna LL*, Garrido J and Arleo A (2012) A Closed-loop neurorobotic system for investigating Braille-reading finger kinematics. In Isokoski, P. and Springare, J., editors, LNCS - Haptics: Perception, Devices, Mobility, and Communication, vol. 7282, pages 407-418, Springer.
  2. Bologna LL*, Pinoteau J*, Garrido J and Arleo A (2012) Active tactile sensing in a neurorobotic Braille-reading system. In Proceedings of the 4th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2012), pages 1925-1930, Rome, Italy.


  1. Bologna LL, Pinoteau J, Brasselet R, Maggiali M and Arleo A (2011) Encoding/decoding of first and second order tactile afferents in a neurorobotic application. Journal of Physiology P, 105 (1-3):25-35.
  2. Arleo A, Brasselet R, Bologna LL, Pinoteau J, Jörntell H and Johansson RS (2011) Neural coding in the early stages of the somatosensory pathway: a metrical information theory analysis of human microneurography data. In Proceedings of the 10th French Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Marseille, France.


  1. Bologna LL, Brasselet R, Maggiali M and Arleo A (2010) Effective encoding/decoding of spiking signals from an artificial touch sensor. In Gervais, R. et al., editors, Proceedings of the Fifth french conference on computational neuroscience (Neurocomp), pages 120-125.
  2. Bologna LL, Brasselet R, Maggiali M and Arleo A (2010) Neuromimetic encoding/decoding of spatiotemporal spiking from an artificial touch sensor. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) (in press).


  1. Bologna LL, Maggiali M, Sandini G and Arleo A (2009) Encoding/Decoding of spatiotemporal signals from an artificial touch sensor. In Proceedings of the Humanoids Conference, Paris, France.