Monica received a degree in psychology from the University of Florence and the Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2009. She did a research period at the CNR of Pisa and in the USA. After a Post Doc at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), she became the scientific responsible of the Visual-Haptic Lab of the RBCS Unit of the same institute. She is now head of the Unit for Visual Impaired People (U-VIP) unit of the IIT. In 2020 she was awarded the ERC Starting Grant "MySpace," which focuses on investigating critical periods for the development of uni- and multisensory spatial representations in infants and children with blindness. Her work in the scientific community comprises 120 international papers, three book chapters, and more than 300 conference abstracts. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Board of Professors of the Ph.D. Program in Bioengineering and Robotics at the University of Genova. She was the scientific coordinator of two European grants: ABBI (~€2 million) and WeDraw (~€2.5 million). Her research investigates how sensory information are integrated and interact during development in typical and visually impaired children. She worked in strict collaboration with mechanical, electronic, biomedical, and robotic engineers developing novel devices for evaluation and rehabilitation purposes that have been used in many clinical centers and hospitals.
The researchers involved in MySpace constitute an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, engineers and technicians working together to provide results at both neuroscientific and technological levels.