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    The Biorobotics Institute

Advanced education, frontier research and innovation: this is The BioRobotics Institute, one of the six of Scuola Sant’Anna, 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 BioRobotics Institute ranks first among all Engineering Departments in Italy (based on last available data published by ANVUR – National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research - VQR 2004-2010).

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Research Areas

The Artificial Hands Area of the BioRobotics Institute pursues research into mechatronics and human-machine interfaces for advanced robotic limbs to be used as thought-controlled prostheses.
Creative engineering design in robotics and biorobotics is a way to bridge research and industrial innovation, to develop acceptable and sustainable robots, and to educate creative students.
The dream: to develop wearable robots allowing the human-robot symbiosis Symbiosis: “a close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but...
Major scientific and engineering breakthroughs are needed to develop high performance, complex artificial systems, like robots, as Companions that are safe, social, dependable, sustainable and...
The research activity concerns the design, development and validation of wearable inertial sensor systems for ambulatory human motion monitoring. 
The growing need for robots in service tasks, in unstructured environments, in contact with humans, is leading to relase the basic assumption of rigid parts in robotics.
Studiare problemi, identificare tecnologie abilitanti e sviluppare soluzioni per un avanzamento non incrementale nel settore della chirurgia e diagnostica mini-invasiva e per la terapia...
Neuroengineering is a novel discipline combining engineering including micro and nanotechnology, electrical and mechanical, and computer science with cellular, molecular, cognitive neuroscience wit