Alessandro Grillini


Profile Update 28.02.2019

Current activities:

I’m in my final year as a PhD student in Visual Neuroscience. I’m currently working for the University Medical Center Groningen and the Royal Dutch VISIO, investigating the relationship between oculomotor properties and neuro-ophthalmic impairments. Furthermore, I’m enrolled in the business accelerator programme VentureLab International with the medtech startup “REPERIO”.


  • Publication: Grillini, A., Ombelet, D., Soans, R. S., & Cornelissen, F. W. (2018). Towards Using the Spatio-temporal Properties of Eye Movements to Classify Visual Field Defects. Eye-Tracking Research and Applications.
  • Submitted Manuscript: Grillini, A., Renken, R. J., Cornelissen, F. W. (2019) Attentional modulation of visual spatial integration: psychophysical evidence supported by population coding modeling. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Pending Patent Application: Visual Field Map Reconstruction using Eye-Tracking Data. Alessandro Grillini, Alejandro Hernandez-Garcia, Remco J. Renken, Frans W. Cornelissen

Future plans:

In September 2019 I will continue as a PostDoc associate at the UMCG, while working as Chief Executive Officer of my startup REPERIO B.V. My role as a scientist is to develop new methodologies to measure oculomotor impairment in different clinical contexts, while as an entrepreneur I aim to make this technology available on the market.

My NextGenVis experience:

I have been able to start all of this thanks to the business development workshops organised during the NextGenVis training period, to which I will be forever grateful. Overall NextGenVis has been an amazing experience that put me in contact with different realities (academy, healthcare and industry) and different cultures.



– BSc: Experimental Psychology, University of Florence (2009 – 2012)

– MSc: Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, University of Padua (2013 – 2015)

Work experience:

Research Assistant at PisaVisionLab, Institute of Neuroscience, Italian National Research Council (2014 – 2015)

Research interests:

  • visual perception
  • cortical plasticity
  • multi-sensory integration

Previous projects:

  • Assessment of visual and auditory sensitivity by means of tracking-task
  • Spatio-temporal integration model for sensory-motor tracking behaviour

Current projects:

  • Cortical changes associated with reductions in peripheral visual crowding
  • Developing a new eye tracking-based paradigm to measure visual field