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.
Professor Luca Sebastiani and GREAT Robotics spinoff company will bring multimedia into the classrooms offering inspiration and university-level videos. Offered by the Institute of Life Sciences and the Biorobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School free educational website has videos in different subjects to provide a challenging and relevant education in sciences, both theoretical and practical
The MyoKinetic control strategy, that is, the extraction of motor intentions by means of permanent magnets implanted in forearm muscles for the physiological control of robotic prostheses.
The Biorobotics Institute of Sant’Anna School proposed a new medical application presenting a biocompatible soft actuated “Hybrid Heart” for Horizon 2020 funding