Antonio Bicchi is a scientist interested in robotics and intelligent machines. After graduating in Pisa and receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, he spent a few years at the MIT AI Lab of Cambridge before taking the first professorship in Robotics at the University of Pisa. In 2009 he founded and directs the Soft Robotics Laboratory at the Italian Institute of Technology a Genova. Since 2013 he is Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. His work has been recognized with many international awards and has earned him four prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC). He launched pioneering initiatives like the WorldHaptics conference, the major conference on natural and artificial touch, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, the largest Journal in the field.