Arianna Menciassi graduated in Physics at the Pisa University (1995), she obtained the PhD (1999) at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Pisa, Italy) and she was visiting professor in different universities in France since 2014 (Pierre and Marie Curie, in Paris, Besancon University, in Besancon).

She is Full Professor of Biomedical Robotics at SSSA and team leader of the “Surgical Robotics & Allied Technologies” Area at The BioRobotics Institute. She is the Coordinator of the PhD in Biorobotics since 2018, and she was appointed in 2019 as Vice-Rector of the Scuola Sant’Anna.

Her main research interests involve surgical robotics, microrobotics for biomedical applications, biomechatronic artificial organs, smart and soft solutions for biomedical devices.

She served in the Editorial Board of the IEEE-ASME Trans. on Mechatronics and she has been Topic Editor of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (2013-2020). In 2018 she has been appointed as Editor of APL Bioengineering and of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics. She is Associate Editor for Soft Robotics and she serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Robotics from Jan. 2021.

She received the Well-tech Award (Milan, Italy) for her researches on endoscopic capsules, and she was awarded by the Tuscany Region with the Gonfalone D’Argento, as one of the best 10 young talents of the region. Recently, she has been awarded with the KUKA Innovation Award, for her activities on robotic assisted focused ultrasound. 


Medical robotics devices redesigned by a soft approach


By starting from previous experiences on robotic tools for diagnosis and surgery, the speaker illustrates the path towards the integration of soft technologies in those tools, in order to improve some selected performance, such as safe interaction and improved adaptation to external environments. Thus, she will present recent results on soft-hybrid solutions for prosthetics and for variable stiffness joints to be integrated into modular manipulators.



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Talk: Medical robotics devices redesigned by a soft approach
Role: Speaker

9th June 2021, 14.00