"The mission of The BioRobotics Institute is educating the Engineer of the 21st Century, a competent, interdisciplinary, creative inventor and entrepreneur, able to manage new technological and scientific challenges, ready to take up new opportunities for society and industry, and acting as a linking bridge towards centres of knowledge worldwide".
Paolo Dario, Director of the BioRobotics Institute
The BioRobotics Institute is an integrated system pursuing frontier research, advanced education and innovation in the fields of biorobotics and bionics. While offering postgraduate teaching (MSc) and research (PhD) programmes, we explore the possibility to reach an inexhaustible springboard for the creation of applications that are useful for man. This is achieved through bioengineering, mechatronics and robotics as well as smart systems inspired by the living world. In brief, we use robotics to mimic life and unveil its principles, to rehab, assist and treat human beings, to educate and change society.
The BioRobotics Institute is an English speaking environment. It is involved in a network of collaborations in Italy, Europe and worldwide with the most important research institutes, universities and industries due to the high interdisciplinarity of its research and the many collaborative projects and initiatives. Each year, the Institute welcomes 50+ international visiting students, researchers, faculty and organizes international events, meetings and workshops.
Institute in numbers
At present the Institute includes over 200 people: 17 faculty members, 90+ PhD students, 75+ research associates, 20+ technicians and administrative staff members, and a variable number of master students and visiting researchers. The Institute is involved, as the coordinator or as a partner, in over 65 international and national research projects, including one funded by European Research Council, and it spun out 30 start-up companies.
The headquarter of the Institute is hosted at the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera (PSV) established by the Scuola Sant’Anna, in 2002, as a 6,300 square meters surface research park, in the industrial town of Pontedera (by train: 15 minutes away from Pisa and 45 minutes from Florence). The PSV is home of world class equipment for analysis, design and (micro-nano) fabrication as well as classrooms and a guest house. The PSV also hosts on its premises the Centre for Micro-BioRobotics of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT@SSSA). The PSV is open to visitors once a month. Other facilities of the Institute include the site in Peccioli, which hosts the Service robotics and ambient assisted living Laboratory and the site in Livorno hosting the Research Centre on sea technologies and marine robotics.
Brief History of the Institute
In 2002 the ARTS and the CRIM Labs moved to the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera (PSV), where The BioRobotics Institute is located today. The PSV was established by the Ssant'Anna School of Advanced Studies as a research park, in the industrial city of Pontedera, 25km from Pisa. The BioRobotics Institute of SSSA started officially on January 1, 2011 and it was the result of a merge between ARTS Lab, CRIM Lab and EZ Lab; it is located at the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera, which also hosts a Center of the Italian Institute of Technology (MicroBioRobotics Center) and some joint research with leading universities in Japan and Korea, which share education and research in areas of high technological content, as well as promoting and enhancing ideas and technologies.