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. 

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.

WALK-MAN - Whole body Adaptive Locomotion and Manipulation

WALK-MAN is a 4 years integrated project (IP) funded by the European Commission through the call FP7-ICT-2013-10. The project started on September 2013 and has the goal to develop a robotic platform (of an anthropomorphic form) which can operate outside the laboratory space in unstructured environments and work spaces as a result of natural and man-made disasters. The robot will demonstrate new skills including:

HYCON2 - Highly-complex and networked control systems

The FP7 NoE HYCON2, started in September 2010, is a four-year project coordinated by the CNRS (Françoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue).
It aims at stimulating and establishing a long-term integration in the strategic field of control of complex, large-scale, and networked dynamical systems. It focuses in particular on the domains of ground and aerospace transportation, electrical power networks, process industries, and biological and medical systems.

ICO-NEH - International Curriculum Option of Doctoral Studies in Networked, Embedded, and Hybrid Control Systems for Complex Distributed Heterogeneous Systems

The International Curriculum Option of Doctoral Studies in Networked, Embedded, and Hybrid Control Systems for Complex Distributed Heterogeneous Systems (ICO-NEH)  provides a common cultural and academic substrate in the field by establishing a network of institutions that impose common supplementary criteria for the participating PhD students, in addition to those of their already-existing doctoral programs.