WHAT WE DO
Despite the remarkable progress made in Robotics and AI, a number of bottlenecks may well emerge in these fields in the near future.
3D printing and design
3D printing systems are becoming more widespread as they are extremely user-friendly and affordable.
Controlling robot manipulators in the real world is a highly challenging task due to uncertainty in the system's state estimation.
Marine robotics manipulation
Best Solutions. Zero Compromises.
The underwater environment
is an extremely challenging scenario featuring radipidly changing conditions
Noisy and uncertain observations undermine a robot's state estimation, hindering its ability to perform manipulation tasks correctly
Our research mission
is to expand scientific and technical knowledge in the field of underwater manipulation,
more generally, in marine robotics, with an eye to pursuing new solutions which are "disruptive" at the scientific and technical level.
AND LOW COST
Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation of the Italian National Research Council from October 2013. He received the degree in Electronic Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Genova in 1991, and joined the the Institute for Ship Automation of CNR in 1993. He was responsible of the research group “Autonomous robotic systems and control” from 2005 and of the Support Operating Unit of Genova of CNR- ISSIA from 2008.
Currently an affiliate Professor at the Biorobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. He has been professor in the Department of System Engineering and Automation of the University Carlos III of Madrid until 2014. In 2009 he was awarded the Santander Chair of Excellence in Robotics at the same university.
The prevailing mechatronic design paradigmis affected by serious issues, even when it is integrated and augmented by Machine Learning and Probabilistic Robotics technologies. Those doubts have surfaced also on general public media. Within the mechatronic paradigm approach if you want to implement more complex behaviors you will have the complexity of your system growing more quickly.Fabio Bonsignorio
Conventional robots are characterized by rigid links, joints and end-effectors, i.e. manipulators and other tools for interacting with objects. Compliance with the environment is guaranteed through high performance tactile sensors and control systems.Massimo Caccia
The introduction of mechanically soft links, joints, actuators and end-effectors will decrease the complexity and cost of the system. Moreover system mechanical robustness will increase.
Non-conventional algorithms are cutting-edge solutions to be explored in order to make mobile robots effectively deal with real world situations, given the high degree of uncertainty and unpredictability. In real applications, in which sensor measurements are affected by significant errors, such non-conventional techniques allow to plan the desired reaching movement. The approach can be easily extended to lighter soft robotics arms, characterized by uncertain kinematics and dynamics.Enrica Zereik
I see a future in which one person will think of an object and he/she will have it in its hands in a few minutes. I see a future where, exploiting the 3D scanners, an existing object can get a replica in a few minutes. I also see a future where there will be a 3D printer in every house and where everyone, even the less talented, will be given the opportunity to create.Angelo Odetti
The purpose of scientific communication is to exchange information within a given community, a relatively straight-forward task since both the authors and readers of scientific papers are totally familiar with crunching numbers, graphs, functions and abstracts. It's a different matter altogether when the target to be addressed is the general public. Our prototypes are designed to be easy to assemble, inexpensive and user-friendly. We address a wide range of users who are not necessarily specialized. Making our ideas easy and simple to understand is a definite challenge, which must necessarily be faced if the goal is to convey, disseminate and share the results we have obtained and the discoveries we have made.Pierpaolo Soria
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