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, bioinspired 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.
A meeting was held that officially gave the green light to the second stage of the project that is part of the “Challenges” program, which works in the areas of scientific research, technology and social innovation. The “ABF E-Theia Project” is dedicated to developing a device that will make life more accessible for the blind and the visually impaired. The team of the Sant’Anna School has been commissioned for this task
The project aims to further quantify the degree to which the MATE-XT exoskeleton can reduce physical stress during strenuous tasks. “The proliferation of wearable robotic devices represents a long-term, sustainable answer to ensure wellbeing in the workplace,” explains Nicola Vitiello, Associate Professor at Sant'Anna School. "The scientific study will analyze the biomechanics of using MATE-XT for new applications, under new conditions and within new industries and outdoor environments, while verifying users’ learning and motor adaptation speeds"
A study coordinated by The BioRobotics Institute of Sant’Anna School, published in Scientific Reports, analyzed the residual limb volume fluctuations in transfemoral amputees at different times of the day through the use of a 3D scanner. "The study will be fundamental to design a smart prosthetic socket able to adapt to residual limb volume fluctuations", says Linda Paternò, first author of the paper and post-doc of The BioRobotics Institute of Sant’Anna School