CogLaboration was a European research grant coordinated by Treelogic and funded by the European Commission under the seventh framework programme for Research and Innovation (FP7-ICT-7-2.1 - No. 287888, November 2011 - October 2014). Besides Scuola Sant'Anna, which participated through the AHA, CogLaboration involved four more partners: Treelogic, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, University of BirminghamR.U.Robots. CogLaboration focused on the object transfer procedure between a robot and a human, i.e. a key aspect to be addressed in order to implement robots which provide successful and efficient robotic assistance to humans. In particular the following scientific challenges were targeted:

  • design a model of the cognition of fluent object exchange using a human-human set-up in which it is considered a representative sample of the kinds of normal variations, un-modelled, and unpredictable events and situations;
  • describe and specify the basic cognitive capacities needed for fluent, safe and effective object exchange in realistic task settings;
  • model how the goals and intentions of the exchange motions can be reliably detected and recognised and used to drive the on-going object exchange interaction.


Funder:  European Commission
Grant No.:  287888
Period:  2012-2014 (38 months)
Funding (to AHA):  430 k€
Funding (total):  2.52 M€


Scientific Publications

Journal papers

  • F. Montagnani, M. Controzzi, C. Cipriani, “Non-Back-Drivable Rotary Mechanism with Intrinsic Compliance for Robotic Thumb Abduction/Adduction,” Advanced Robotics, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 561-571, 2015. pdf
  • M. Controzzi, M. D'Alonzo, C. Peccia, C. M. Oddo, M. C. Carrozza, C. Cipriani, "Bioinspired fingertip for anthropomorphic robotic hands,"Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, vol. 11, no. 1-2, pp. 25-38, 2014. Online


Conference papers

  • F. Montagnani, M. Controzzi, C. Cipriani, “Preliminary Design and Development of a two Degrees of Freedom passive compliant prosthetic wrist with switchable stiffness,” In Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), Shenzhen, China, Dec. 12 – 14, 2013.