Exhibitors 2017

Mano Robotica SoftHand
Mano Robotica SoftHand

Mano Robotica SoftHand

The SoftHand is a simple, robust and effective hand designed for grasping and soft manipulation.
Simple because only one motor actuates the whole hand;
Robust because innovative, biomorphic joint design allows perfect recoversing after large deformations and even disarticulation;
The idea at the core of the SoftHand comes from the combination of natural motor control principles. As a result the hand pose is not predetermined, but depends on the physical interaction of its body with the environment, allowing to grasp a geat variety of objects despite its single degree of actuation.
Simplicity, robustness, lightness and effectiveness make the SoftHand ideal for both humanoid robotics and prosthetics.

Mano Robotica SoftHand

Antonio Bicchi, Gaspare Santaera, Giacomo Dinuzzi, Manuel Barbarossa

Antonio Bicchi is Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, and Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence lab in 1988–1990. He teaches Control Systems and Robotics in the Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the University of Pisa. He leads the Robotics Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa since 1990, where he was Director from 2003 to 2012. He is the Head of the SoftRobotics Lab for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation at IIT in Genoa. Since 2013 he serves ad Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering of Arizona State University.
His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems in general. He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, which he started in 2015. He has organized and chaired the first WorldHaptics Conference (2005). He is Editor of the book series ``Springer Briefs on Control, Automation and Robotics,'' and has served in the Int.l J. Robotics Research, the IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering, and IEEE RAS Magazine. He was Program Chair of the IEEE Int.. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA'15), and General Chair of the Int. Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR' 2015) and Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC 2007). He was Editor in Chief of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), Vice President for Publications (2013-2014), for Membership (2006-2007), and as Distinguished Lecturer (2004-2006) of IEEE RAS. He served as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control (2012-2013). He is the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2012, he was awarded with an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for his research on human and robot hands. Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.

Gaspare Santaera is a junior technician and works at l'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He obtained the Master Degree in Robotics and Automation in 2013 at Università di Pisa. He mainly works on the design and realization of electronics system with particular focus on microcontrollers, sensors and actuators. In the last years was involved on several european projects as PaCMan, SoMa, and SoftPro, in the key of the sensorization of robotic and prosthetis hands.

Manuel Barbarossa is a Support Technician at the Italian Institute of Technology. He has obtained a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering at Università di Pisa in 2016. His main research interests include advanced mechanical systems. He is involved in the European project SoftPro working on the mechanical design of a prosthetic hand. He also participated to the mechanical design of a robotic hand on the European project Walk-Man.

Giacomo Dinuzzi: Support Technician within Advanced Robotics department of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa. He obtained the Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering curriculum: Astronautics in 2015 and he is focused on mechanical design of robotics devices such as robotics hands, exoskeletons and body-powered prosthesis. Furthermore he partecipated to development and interfacing of new devices from Pisa/IIT SoftHand platform.

  C10 (pav. 6)
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