Advanced education, frontier research and innovation: this is The BioRobotics Institute of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, founded in 2011. The Institute has built a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in several fields of biorobotics, such as: social robotics, industrial robotics, assistive/rehabilitation/surgical robotics, neural engineering, cognitive systems, bio-inspired robots and their ethical, legal, social and economic implications.
The Institute aims to act as a linking bridge among international centres of knowledge and to create a new concept of engineers that are scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and problem solvers.
Our mission is based on three pillars:
- Education, at all levels of postgraduate training: a MSc in Bionics Engineering and a PhD program in BioRobotics;
- Research, organized in 8 research Areas and 9 research Laboratories;
- Innovation, which promotes entrepreneurial skills such as the ability to invent, to file patents and to create start-up companies.
The BioRobotics Institute has also activated an Educational Robotics program with schools in Tuscany, Italy. The program aims at bringing technology and robotics in schools and using them as a new instrument for teaching scientific and technical subjects.
The new project Habilis, developed by Sant’Anna School Biorobotics researchers and rehabilitation medicine doctors of Centro di Riabilitazione Motoria INAIL – Volterra, aims to assist physically disabled people, to ease hand movements and to provide effective rehabilitation therapy
Cecilia Laschi, a researcher world-renowned for her work in soft robotics at Sant’Anna School, summarizes the results and the latest advances in soft robot devices made of pliable materials, elastically deformable and capable of maneuvering