Pietro Valdastri is Full Professor and Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Leeds. He directs the Science and Technologies Of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab, focusing on intelligent robots to fight cancer, the Institute of Robotics, Autonomous System and Sensing (IRASS), and the Robotics at Leeds network.
He received his Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2001 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in 2006. After the PhD, he became Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2011, Prof Valdastri moved to Vanderbilt University as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering until 2016, when he relocated to Leeds.
He has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal papers in the field of medical robotics and has been principal investigator on grants supported by NSF, NIH, ERC, EU-H2020, Cancer Research UK, The Royal Society, EPSRC and industry. He holds NSF CAREER, Wolfson Research Merit, ERC Consolidator and KUKA Innovation Awards. Prof. Valdastri is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Senior Editor for Medical and Rehabilitation Robotics of IEEE RAL, and a member of the steering committee of iSMIT. His research has been featured by several news outlets, including the BBC, The Times, Le Monde, The Financial Times, Daily Mail, New Scientist, The Spectator, WIRED, IEEE Spectrum, and Medgadget. Prof Valdastri also completed a successful entrepreneurial cycle with WinMedical s.r.l., a company he co-founded in 2009 and that was acquired by a larger enterprise in 2017.