THE Hand Embodied

THE Hand Embodied refers to the “hand” as both a cognitive entity – standing for the sense of active touch – and as the physical embodiment of such sense, the organ, comprised of actuators and sensors that ultimately realize the link between perception and action.

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 s

WEARHAP - Wearable Haptics for Humans and Robots

The complexity of the world around us is creating a demand for cognition-enabled interfaces that will simplify and enhance the way we interact with the environment. Project WEARHAP, developed in this proposal, aims at laying the scientific and technological foundations for wearable haptics, a novel concept for the systematic exploration of haptics in advanced cognitive systems and robotics that will redefine the way humans will cooperate with robots.

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.

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:

OS4BME Africa Project

OS4BME (Open Source for Biomedical Engineering) was conceived at the Research Center E. Piaggio of University of Pisa and FabLab Pisa by Arti Ahluwalia (Professor of Bioengineering), Daniele Mazzei and Carmelo De Maria (Biomedical Engineers, co-founders of FabLab Pisa and researchers at the Center).

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.