Advanced education, frontier research and innovation: this is The BioRobotics Institute of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, founded in 2011. With time the Institute has built a wealth of knowledge and expertise in several fields of biorobotics and bionics, such as medical robotics, wearable technologies, collaborative robotics, bio-inspired robotics, neuroscience robotics, rehabilitation robotics and implantable technologies.
The Institute promotes the internationalization of didactics and scientific research through collaboration with the most prestigious international knowledge centers. The Institute aims to educate engineers that are scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and problem solvers.
Our mission is based on three pillars:
- Education: MSc in Bionics Engineering and PhD program in BioRobotics;
- Research: scientific publications, national and international research projects, joint labs;
- Innovation: start-up companies, patents and industrial contracts.
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 study has been published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. “The next aim is to implement these strategies in the industrial field and test the effectiveness in different production contexts” explains Marco Controzzi, coordinator of the study. The results of this work can benefit the wider robotics community, with application ranging from industrial to household human-robot interaction for cooperative and collaborative object manipulation
The work, published in Brain Stimulation, discovered a feature in the neural signal able to identify the onset and the offset of patient’s walks. “The aim – says Alberto Mazzoni, Assistant Professor at The BioRobotics Institute and Principal Investigator of Computational Neuroengineering Laboratory - is to improve current stimulation therapies for Parkinson’s Disease”. The study has been realized in collaboration with the University of Genova and the team led by Prof. Ioannis U. Isaias (University Hospital and Julius Maximilian University, Würzburg)
With the core objective of presenting new approaches in higher education to photonics, circular economy and data science in healthcare, the virtual and in person Seasonal Schools offered at Sant’Anna School are aimed at giving Italian and international university and PhD students achieving the equivalent Italian scale average score of 27/30, a more intensive learning experience. Scholarships funded by the Foundation “Il Talento all’Opera” covering 50% of the tuition fee amount will be awarded to 4 students achieving highest grades in their course