This highly prestigious award recognizes a long record of outstanding work in the field of robotics and automation, bestowed upon individuals whose accomplishments have enhanced the scientific research and technological innovation.
Professor Paolo Dario, director of Sant’Anna School Biorobotics Institute, is the 2017 recipent of the “RAS Pioneer Award”. The annual honor is given during an award luncheon to be held at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2017) on 1 June in Singapore.
“IEEE Robotics and Automation” is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology. For over a century, IEEE has sponsored various programs to honor achievements in education, industry, and research. The awards offer the opportunity to praise distinguished academics, dedicated teachers, and corporate leaders who have made a lasting impact on technology and public engagement. Paolo Dario has been given the “RAS Pioneer Award” in recognition of his achievements “for pioneering the emerging area of BioRobotics, the science and engineering of integrating robotics with biology and medicine”.
His research at Sant’Anna School explores the medical robotics, bio-robotics, mechatronics and micro-nano engineering. He has published widely across these themes, and received many honors and prestigious awards.
Speaking about the award he said: “I am proud and grateful to the IEEE Society for this award. It encompasses all our efforts to enhance research and innovation performance in Italy. I owe thanks to Sant’Anna School and the University of Pisa. Gratitude and the utmost respect are owed to the entire University community as they maintained a steadfast belief in my ability. I had the opportunity to inspire students and to create more opportunities for young colleagues to pursue a research career”.