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 10 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.
The project DIH-HERO (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics) under the Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement No. 825003, will develop a broad-based pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs specialising in Healthcare Robotics
Researchers of the Biorobotics Institute with their project ‘RELIEF’ won the 2018 National Innovation Award, sponsored by the University of Verona. The project ‘RELIEF’ was the winner of the “Life Sciences” category in the business plan Italy national competition
The two-year project FID-U4E (Smart Factory – Unity 4 Efficiency) is funded by POR FESR TOSCANA 2014-2020. Professor Paolo Dario is coordinating the consortium involving Sant’Anna School Biorobotics Institute researchers together with five partners: Diakont, responsible for the project management, Cafel, Phoops, Roggi and Sintecnica