Zimi Sawacha (Associate Professor)

Zimi Sawacha is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering
of the University of Padova. She received a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2000)
and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2007) at the University of Padova. She worked as
research fellow at Helen Hayes Hospital CRT (New York, USA) on a NIH grant and at Istituto
Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna). She has been with the School of Bioengineering, University of
Padova (2007- up to now). Her research activity mainly concerns the human movement
analysis and biomechanics applied to diabetic foot prevention, Parkinson's Disease, Fragile X
Syndrome, Sport injuries in particular relatively to the anterior cruciate ligament, post-
stroke patients, orthopaedics pathologies, and sports science. Her scientific production
includes 71 articles in peer-reviewed journals (H index=22) and more than 200 publications
in proceedings. She has been research investigator in national and international projects
and currently PI of 3 founded projects (2 USA founded projects-NYU Langone's Fresco
Institute for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders and FRAXA Foundation - 1 Italian project
POR2022), and partner in an Italian PRIN 2022 project in the UNIPD unit. She is Professor of
Human Movement Bioengineering and Rehabilitation at the Bioengineering Batchelor and
Master Courses, and of both Biomechanics and Laboratory of Biomechanics at the
Movement Science Master Course. She has been supervisor of more than 100 Master and
Bachelor Thesis, and of 5 PhD students. She has been a member of the board of ESMAC
2019-2023 (European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children), and of Siamoc
(Italian Society of Movement Analysis in Clinics) 2015-2019, she is/has been member of the
Consensus Conferences on Clinical Gait Analysis promoted by Esmac and Siamoc, she has
been the Conference’s President of Siamoc 2015; she is member of ISB, ESB, iFAB, ESMAC,
SIAMOC, GNB. She was in the Scientific Committee of Siamoc, Esmac, Ifab, WCB, ESB, ISB
conferences (2015-2023).
In 2017 she developed ACL QuickCheck® a patent of the University of Padova as PI, and she
co-founded BBSoF S.r.l who bases its activity on the patent.

Contact: sawacha@dei.unipd.it