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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The most recent success in the emerging area of Biorobotics came for professor Paolo Dario, director of Sant’Anna School Biorobotics Institute, who received the RAS – Robotics and Automation Society pioneer award to recognize “individuals who by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development or engineering, have had a significant impact on development of the robotics and/or automation fields”
The January 30- February 3 European Robotic League (ERL) competition will be held in BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School, Peccioli facility. It is a real apartment suitable for research into innovative person-centred assistive robotics technologies
The study - featured in the inaugural issue of “Science Robotics”, a new journal from Science family, has been conducted by a consortium of European scientists coordinated by Nicola Vitiello and Maria Chiara Carrozza, researchers of Sant’Anna School BioRobotics Institute