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.
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
A study published in journal “Nature Protocols” presents a novel method to interface with the peripheral nervous system for a better understanding of human health and diseases. Electrodes used to decode information and mimic interactions occurring in the nervous system will be crucial in controlling robotic prostheses of amputees as well as in providing autonomic nerves stimulations for patients with diabetes and hypertension. The study is led by a team of researchers coordinated by Prof. Silvestro Micera. "We believe our models could improve the quality of life of disabled patients"
Seminars and workshops are scheduled as follows: Friday, 18 September: “La luce che attraversa la fragilità”; Saturday, 19 September: “Le abilità ricreate. Quando accoglienza e tecnologia rigenerano lavoro per le imprese e la società” and “La malattia tra lavoro e ricerca: un incontro generativo per molti”; Sunday, 20 September: “Le fragilità, occasioni per ripensare il lavoro”