Work address: Perceptual Robotics Laboratory, Institute of Information, Telecommunication and Perception Engineering, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33, 56127 Pisa, Italy
Tel.: +39 050 883786, FAX: +39 050 883784
Born: June 2, 1956, in Premosello Chiovenda (VB), Italy
Home address: Via Don Minzoni 144, Calci (PI), Italy.
1975 – 1985: Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
1986 – 1987: Doctoral Courses on Applied Mechanics, University of Bologna, Italy
1985 – 1986: Researcher, Centro E. Piaggio, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy.
1987 Visiting student, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
1987 – 1998: Assistant Professor in Biomechanics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
1987 – 1990: Member of the Board of Directors, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
1989 NATO Advanced Research Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CalTech, Pasadena, USA
1991 – 2008: Founder and Director of the Perceptual Robotics Lab., Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
1992 Visiting Researcher, MEL, Biorobotics Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan
1998 – 2006: Associate Professor of Applied Mechanics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
2005 – present: Co-director “Research Center G. Stefanini on Advanced Robotics”, La Spezia, Italy.
2006 – present: Full Professor in Applied Mechanics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
2006 – present: Co-Founder of the Eurohaptics Society.
2007 – present: Senior Advisor of the Executive Committee, IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics
1997 – present: Visiting Professor, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan.
1990 – 2000: Academic editorial board, PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, MIT Press
1994 – present: Academic editorial board, Virtual Reality, Springer
1995 – present: Member editorial board, Journal Européen des Systémes Automatisèes, Hermes Publisher
1998 – present: Member editorial board, e-Haptics, Washington University, USA
1999 Chairman, International Conference on Human and Robot Interaction RO-MAN, Pisa, Italy.
2005 Founder and Co-chaiman of the first WorldHaptics Conference, Pisa, Italy
2005 – 2008: Founder of the ENACTIVE Conference, Genova - Montpellier - Grenoble - Pisa
2007 – present: Founder of the SKILLS Conference, Pisa - Ausburg - Bilbao
Haptic interfaces, design and control of robotic exoskeletons and extenders, biomechanics of grasping, robotic neurorehabilitation, virtual environments (VE), presence in VE, sense of embodiment in VE, visual and haptic perception in VE, attention, cognitive rehabilitation, self awareness, neuromorphic cognitive systems.
Ad hoc reviewer for following scientific journals:
International Journal of Robotics Research, Journal of Biomechanics, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, Advanced Robotics, International Journal of Mechantronics, Journal Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, IEEE Transactions on Man, Systems and Cybernetics, Transactions of Applied Perception.
Grant Reviewer for Funding Organisations
Ad hoc reviewer for following funding bodies: European Commission; Italian Ministry of University;
Membership in Academic Societies:
Eurohaptics Society, ASME, ACM, IEEE, Interaction Design Association, IFToMM Italy, Italian Society of Psychophysiology .