Biomedical Engineering in Pisa has its roots in the Center. Multidisciplinary by its very nature, the research on Bioengineering is directed at studying, mimicking, and supporting the human body using dry and wet materials, sensing and actuation and intelligent wetware, software and hardware.The Center is also a hub for Biomedical Engineering students.
Artificial Senses and Artificial Muscles
The Center has a long research experience on chemical biosensing (i.e. immunosensors, electronic nose and tongue). The current projects are centered on artificial senses such as tactile, kinesthesia and vision. Moreover the Center has been focusing its long term interest on smart materials aimed at the development of artificial muscles for prosthetics and robotics. In this field, after having studied and developed ionic (gel, carbon nanotubes, conducting polymers) and electronic electroactive polymers, currently the main aim is focused on dielectric elastomers for their excellent performances in terms of elastic energy density, strain, mechanical compliance, fast response and for their lightweight, shock-tolerance and possible low cost.
Coordinator : Danilo De Rossi
We have developed and patented several microfabrication techniques, including PAM (Pressure Assisted MicroSyringe), PAM2 (Piston Assisted Microsyringe),theintegrated PAM2 modular system and SOFT-MI (soft molecular imprinting). Other methods in use are lithography, ink-jet, microlaser ablation and sintering and single-screw extrusion.
Coordinator : Giovanni Vozzi
In-Vitro Models and Bioimaging
The activities of the In Vitro Models Group are focused on the investigation of integrative physiology in-vitro through the development and study of physiologically relevant models of organs and multi-organ systems. Modular bioreactors, soft materials and soft assembly and 3D imaging, are the main tools employed in these studies. The Bioimaging research is centered on innovative integrated methods for quantitative imaging of brain and scaffold microarchitecture.
Coordinator : Arti Ahluwalia
Affective Computing is intended to be a cross-disciplinary research domain on the design of systems that can recognize, interpret, and stimulate human emotions and related affective phenomena. Our activity is focused on investigating the theoretical fundamentals of human emotion processes as well as developing novel hardware and software systems for affective sensing and stimulation.
Coordinator: Enzo Pasquale Scilingo
Wearable Monitoring Systems
Wearable technologies- such as sensor embedded garments, are changing our lives becoming exoprostheses, able to augment our perception of reality with physical, social and emotional content. The areas of application of our research span from fashion and leisure, healthcare and emergency.
Coordinators: Danilo De Rossi, Alessandro Tognetti, Federico Lorussi
Human Machine Social-Emotional Interaction
Can a machine express emotions? How people feel during interaction with robots or machines able to socially act like human beings? Our group uses a Life-like android and a pervasive observation platform to study what happens when human and machine establish empathic links.
Coordinators: Danilo De Rossi, Daniele Mazzei