Engineering for Health and Wellbeing Group

People - Tognola Gabriella

Gabriella Tognola received the M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1999, both at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. From 1999 to 2001 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan. From 2001 to 2013 she was a Research Scientist at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of the CNR National Research Council of Italy. Currently, she is Senior Research Scientist at the CNR Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (CNR-IEIIT).

Current research interests: Computational models of auditory perception in normal and impaired hearing; Psychoacoustic models of central auditory processing to study auditory aging, neurodegeneration, and cognitive disorders; Objective measures of auditory functions in normal hearing, sensorineural hearing loss and ototoxic agent exposure; Signal processing for acoustics applied to smart hearing amplification systems; signal processing for biomedical signals and otoacoustic emissions; Quantitative evaluation of signal enhancement and processing in hearing systems; Design and specification of techniques and protocols for newborn hearing screening and for adult hearing screening; Design of advanced techniques for speech processing.

Multicentric Research Projects and Sponsored Researches:
• Research Project “Objective diagnosis of hearing functionality and hearing loss susceptibility in workers exposed to noise and/or ototoxic agents” (It. Min. of Health, 2011-2014): Gabriella Tognola is the coordinator of the CNR-IEIIT Unit on the ‘Development and validation of objective measures of hearing susceptibility to ototoxic agents’;
• Research Project “Aging Program” (co-funded by It. Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and CNR, 2012-2014): Gabriella Tognola is the coordinator of the CNR-IEIIT Unit on the ‘Innovative techniques for early diagnosis of aging and neurodegeneration on auditory function’;
• Principal investigator of two sponsored researches on the ‘Study and implementation of smart techniques for speech equalization in impaired hearing’ and ‘Development of devices for personalized sound amplification’ (sponsored by Alalia Srl, 2012-2014)
• In the past, she was the principal investigator of sponsored researches on the development of advanced techniques for signal processing and volumetric reconstruction for hearing sciences and maxillo-facial surgery and design of a 3D laser scanning system (sponsors: Fondazione Ascolta e Vivi (Italy), Assoc Italiana Ricerca, Prevenzione e Cura degli Handicap-AIRH (Italy), Studio Medico Dr. Pedretti (Italy), Elekton Sistemi Elettromedicali (Italy)).
• Participation in a number Working Groups in EU Res Projects on early identification of hearing impairment in newborns and assessment of hearing in the elderly.

Currently, she is lecturer for the courses of “Electronics and Informatics for Biomedical Applications” and “Electric and Electronic Measurements” at the Medical Faculty of the University of Milan and for the course of “Bioengineering of Sensory-neural Systems” at the Biomedical Engineering Faculty of the Polytechnic of Milan.

Gabriella Tognola
c/o Polytechnic of Milan
p.zza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
20133 Milano MI, Italia
gabriella.tognola [at]
Tel.+39 02 23993388