The aim of DATABRAIN is to elucidate and hardprint the 3D  microarchitecture of the neurons in their native environment using high resolution imaging techniques. Our long term goal is to understand the significance and microstructural basis of sexual dimorphism  in autism and other brain disorders integrating biomedical engineering  knowledge. The project is funded by the University of Pisa (PRA2016), housed at the Department of Information Engineering and, given its multidisciplinary nature, implemented at this research center. 

Real-time Monitoring of Cardiovascular Functions Using Textile-Based Wearable Systems and Probabilistic Point-Process Modeling

Wearable systems and embedded sensors for physiological monitoring have been gaining large interest over the last decade in research and commercial fields. The key benefits introduced by these systems include their small size, lightness, low-power consumption and wearability. Major applications of such systems are related to medicine and healthcare allowing for out-patient care and enhancing the quality of life for chronic disease patients, and preventing unnecessary hospitalizations.

PHRIENDS - Phisical Human-Robot Interaction: Dependability and Safety

01.10.2006 — 30.09.2009. PHRIENDS is about developing key components of the next generation of robots, including industrial robots and assist devices (which include robots for the emerging market of non-industrial applications, e.g. for service, health-care, and entertainment), designed to share the environment and to physically interact with people.

VIACTORS - Variable Impedance ACTuation systems embodying advanced interaction behaviORS

01.02.2009 - 31.01.2012. Viactors project aims at developing and exploiting actuation technologies for a new generation of robots that can co-exist and co-operate with people and get much closer to the human manipulation and locomotion performance than today’s robots do. At the same time these robots are expected to be safe, in the sense that interacting with them should not constitute a higher injury risk to humans than the interaction with another cautious human.

Safe Quarry

Il progetto SAFE QUARRY si inserisce nella categoria “Sistemi e distretti produttivi tipici” promosso dalla Regione Toscana ed è finalizzato ad introdurre tecnologie di monitoraggio innovative a supporto del distretto lapideo con lo scopo di aumentare e migliorare l’attività estrattiva. La tecnologia di monitoraggio in via di sviluppo nel corso di progetto è orientata ad automatizzare ed aumentare le operazioni di controllo del sottosuolo, e le relative attività di analisi ed interpretazione dei dati, con una conseguente necessità di personale altamente qualificato.

STAMAS - Smart technology for artificial muscle applications in space

Human activities in space environments have a negative effect on the astronauts’ health. the STAMAS (Smart technology for artificial muscle applications in space) consortium will develop a new type of astronauts’ suit, a “smart-suit”, which will mitigate the pernicious effects of weightlessness and motor inactivity and, thus, maintain the astronauts’ health and physical fitness during and after a space mission. The project will utilise existing terrestrial experience in Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) and Electroactive Polymer (EAP) technologies.

PACMAN - Probabilistic and Compositional Representations of Objects for Robotic Manipulation

The aim of the project is to advance technologies for, and understand the principles of cognition and control in complex systems. We will meet this challenge by advancing methods for object perception, representation and manipulation so that a robot is able to robustly manipulate objects even when those objects are unfamiliar, and even though the robot has unreliable perception and action. The proposal is founded on two assumptions.

Softhands, a theory of SOFT synergies for a new generation of artificial HANDS

Although many advances have been made in the mechatronics and computational hardware of artificial hands, the state of the art appears to be only marginally closer to a satisfactory functional approximation of the human hand than it was twenty years ago. The main reasons for this  invest some fundamental issues in the understanding of the organization and control of hands, and ultimately the lack of a theory to guide us in the search for a principled approach to taming the complexity of hands as the physical embodiments of the sense of active touch, and com