2020 applicants

Dr Vito De Feo

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Dr Vito De Feo



Vito De Feo is a lecturer of Intelligent Systems for Brain and Mental Health in CSEE. His research interests include embedded neuromorphic control systems for bidirectional closed-loop Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs), application of machine learning, and statistics to neural signal encoding/decoding, state-dependent neural encoders and decoders, technology-mediated rehabilitation and assistive technologies, and novel measures of information transfer in the brain. He holds a MSc in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He obtained a PhD in Telecommunication from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). During his PhD, he spent 14 months at the University of Stanford (US). He also studied Neuropsychology at the University of Turin (Italy). In 2009 he was a senior researcher at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) on optical communication. From 2013, he worked at the Clinical University of Hamburg-Eppendorf specializing in signal processing and causal analysis of biological signals. From 2015 he worked at the Italian Institute of Technology specializing in neural population coding, neuroelectronic, and information theory. He has recently successfully coordinated and led the Covid-19 efforts of the university, having established research links in the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).


  • PhD in Electronics and Communications Polytechnic University of Turin,

  • MsC in Electronic Engineering Polytechnic University of Turin,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Essex (4/11/2019 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Team Project Challenge (CS) (CE291)

  • Team Project Challenge (WBL) (CE299)

  • Team Project Challenge (EE) (CE293)

  • Digital Communications (CE702)

  • Team Project Challenge (CE101)

  • Team Project Challenge (CSE) (CE292)

  • Theory of Signals and Systems (CE701)


Journal articles (9)

Piazza, M., De Feo, V., Panzeri, S. and Dehaene, S., (2018). Learning to focus on number. Cognition. 181, 35-45

De Feo, V., Boi, F., Safaai, H., Onken, A., Panzeri, S. and Vato, A., (2017). State-Dependent Decoding Algorithms Improve the Performance of a Bidirectional BMI in Anesthetized Rats. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 11 (MAY), 269-

Boi, F., Moraitis, T., De Feo, V., Diotalevi, F., Bartolozzi, C., Indiveri, G. and Vato, A., (2016). A Bidirectional Brain-Machine Interface Featuring a Neuromorphic Hardware Decoder. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10, 563-

Panzeri, S., Safaai, H., De Feo, V. and Vato, A., (2016). Implications of the Dependence of Neuronal Activity on Neural Network States for the Design of Brain-Machine Interfaces. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10 (APR), 165-

Hartung, H., Cichon, N., De Feo, V., Riemann, S., Schildt, S., Lindemann, C., Mulert, C., Gogos, JA. and Hanganu-Opatz, IL., (2016). From Shortage to Surge: A Developmental Switch in Hippocampal–Prefrontal Coupling in a Gene–Environment Model of Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Cerebral Cortex. 26 (11), 4265-4281

Hartung, H., Brockmann, MD., Pöschel, B., De Feo, V. and Hanganu-Opatz, IL., (2016). Thalamic and Entorhinal Network Activity Differently Modulates the Functional Development of Prefrontal–Hippocampal Interactions. The Journal of Neuroscience. 36 (13), 3676-3690

Domnick, N-K., Gretenkord, S., De Feo, V., Sedlacik, J., Brockmann, MD. and Hanganu-Opatz, IL., (2015). Neonatal hypoxia–ischemia impairs juvenile recognition memory by disrupting the maturation of prefrontal–hippocampal networks. Experimental Neurology. 273, 202-214

Antonino, A., Bianco, A., Bianciotto, A., De Feo, V., Finochietto, JM., Gaudino, R. and Neri, F., (2008). WONDER: A resilient WDM packet network for metro applications. Optical Switching and Networking. 5 (1), 19-28

Carena, A., DeFeo, V., Finochietto, JM., Gaudino, R., Neri, F., Piglione, C. and Poggiolini, P., (2004). RingO: An Experimental WDM Optical Packet Network for Metro Applications. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. 22 (8), 1561-1571

Conferences (7)

Antonino, A., De Feo, V., Finochietto, JM., Gaudino, R., La Porta, A., Petracca, M. and Neri, F., (2008). Toward feasible all-optical packet networks: Recent results on the WONDER experimental testbed

Antonino, A., De Feo, V., Finochietto, JM., Gaudino, R., La Porta, A., Petracca, M. and Neri, F., (2008). Toward Feasible All-Optical Packet Networks: Recent Results on the WONDER Experimental Testbed

Antonino, A., Birke, R., De Feo, V., Finocchietto, JM., Gaudino, R., La Porta, A., Neri, F. and Petracca, M., (2007). The WONDER testbed: architecture and experimental demonstration

Bianciotto, A., de Feo, V., Gaudino, R., la Porta, A., Neri, F. and Petracca, M., (2006). Experimentation of single-hop WDM rings for metro and distributed switching applications

(2003). Next Generation Optical Network Design and Modelling

Gaudino, R., De Feo, V., Chiaberge, M. and Sansoè, C., (2002). An FPGA-based Node Controller for a High Capacity WDM Optical Packet Network

Gaudino, R., Carena, A., Ferrero, V., Pozzi, A., De Feo, V., Gigante, P., Neri, F. and Poggiolini, P., (2001). RINGO: A WDM ring optical packet network demonstrator


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