UBORA - Euro-African Open Biomedical Engineering e-Platform for Innovation through Education

The project aims at creating an EU-Africa e-Infrastructure, UBORA, for open source co-design of new solutions to face the current and future healthcare challenges of both continents, by exploiting networking, knowledge on rapid prototyping of new ideas and sharing of safety criteria and performance data. The e-Infrastructure will foster advances in education and the development of innovative solutions in Biomedical Engineering (BME), both of which are flywheels for European and African economies.

NEVERMIND - NEurobehavioral predictiVE and peRsonalized Modeling of depressIve symptoms duriNg primary somatic Disorders through ICT-enabled, self-management procedures

Personal health systems for the management of chronic diseases have seen giant leaps in development over recent years. These systems offer vital sign monitoring and therapy delivery at home, focusing on the primary physical disease conditions. However, they do not provide support for early mood assessment or psychological treatment and lack a real-time comprehensive assessment of the patient’s mental status.


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. 

WiMUST - Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology

WiMUST (Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology) aims at conceiving and designing an intelligent team of cooperative autonomous marine robots, acting as intelligent sensing and communicating nodes of a reconfigurable moving acoustic network, that could drastically improve the efficacy of the methodologies used to perform geophysical and geotechnical acoustic surveys at sea.

SoMa - Soft-bodied intelligence for Manipulation

Soft Manipulation (SOMA) is the key for the development of simple, compliant, yet strong, robust, and easy-to-program manipulation systems. SOMA explores a new avenue of robotic manipulation, exploiting the physical constraints imposed by the environment to enable robust grasping and manipulation in dynamic, open, and highly variable contexts. 

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.