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.
Optical Wireless (OW) communication is attracting a growing interest, thanks to many practical demonstrations: it can be used in indoor, in underwater and in space environments for a wide range of applications, with different bit rates and distance specs. Professor Ernesto Ciaramella (TeCIP Institute) will give a talk on "Wireless Ottico, una tecnologia per comunicare sulla terra, nei mari e nello spazio" on November 26 at 6.00 pm. This online seminar online is part of the Faculty’s lectures under the supervision of Professor Christian Cipriani (Institute of Biorobotics)
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)