SENSEI: Segmentation of Neurons using Standard and Super-Resolution Microscopy

SENSEI brings together teams with expertise in signal and image processing (Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, Italy), basic neuroscience, live and super-resolution imaging analysis (INSERM126-IPNP, Imaging facility of the Center for Psychiatry and Neuroscience Paris, France) and development of new imaging modalities for high-content and super-resolution microscopy (Lab for Nanobiology, Department of Chemistry, University of Leuven, belgium), working in synergy for advancing breakthroughs in 3D neuronal segmentation and morphometrics.


IMAGO- Italian MexicAn working Group on biOfabrication, project granted by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs for the international collaboration projects Italy-Mexico.


DYSTURBANCE: Dynamic and static pusher to benchmark balance

An old adage in the field of robotics says that “the best measure to assess the robustness of a robot system is how far you trust to be when the system is functioning”. This reflects both the fact that one of the most important aspect that distinguishes a good robotic system from a mediocre one, is its robustness to uncertainties and unexpected events, and the fact that measuring this difference is still mostly done with rules of the thumb. Both of these considerations are still very true for legged locomotion system.

BIOMEMBRANE: Bioengineered in vitro model of retinal pigmented epithelium of human eye

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly worldwide: although it does not cause total blindness, there is a progressive loss of high-acuity vision attributable to degenerative and neovascular changes in the macula. Currently, there is neither a cure nor a means to prevent AMD. New discoveries, however, are beginning to provide a much clearer picture of the relevant cellular events and biochemical processes associated with early AMD and the ageing process in general.

THING: subTerranean Haptic INvestiGator

THING will advance the perceptual capabilities of highly mobile legged platforms through haptic perception and active exploration. In this light, THING will deliver: 1) Novel foot designs for enhanced tactile perception and locomotion, 2) Improved perceptual capability, enriching existing modalities (lidar, vision) with haptic information, 3) Heightened physical sense of the environment, including friction, ground stability (difficult through vision alone), and 4) Enhanced mobility through improved perception, prediction, and control.

SOPHIA: Socio-physical Interaction Skills for Cooperative Human-Robot Systems in Agile Production

Collaborative robotics has established itself as a major force in pushing forward highly adaptive and flexible production paradigms in European large and small-medium enterprises. It is contributing to the sustainability and enhancement of Europe’s efficient and competitive manufacturing, to reshoring production, and to economic growth. However, still today the potential of collaborative technologies is largely underexploited. Indeed, collaborative robots are most often designed to coexist and to safely share a working space with humans.

KERAPACK: A novel integrated approach for the reduction, recycling and reuse of poultry feathers by keratins based packaging manufacturing

Chicken feathers are waste products of the poultry industry. Billions of kilograms of waste feathers are generated each year by poultry processing plants, creating a serious solid waste problem. Traditional disposal strategies of chicken feather are expensive and difficult. They are often burned in incineration plants, buried in landfills, or recycled into low quality animal feeds. However, these disposal methods are restricted or generate greenhouse gases and sulphur oxides.

AFFECTIVA: Personal Technologies for Affective Health

Personalized health is a European priority and one of the strategic research areas for Horizon 2020. This project advances the state-of-the-art of personal health technologies for affective disorders, estimated to be the highest ranking cause of disease by 2020. It marks a significant shift from the current wearable technologies capturing emotional responses whose understanding usually requires physicians’ input, to low-cost self-help technologies for visualizing, exploring and regulating emotions.

POTION: Promoting social interaction through emotional body odours

The way chemistry influences human communication is one of the most intriguing and debated topics. More specifically, the nature of chemosignals and their sphere of influence on social interaction is a very important key to understanding human behaviour. POTION proposes a novel technological paradigm to delve deeper into understanding meaningful social interaction, combining new knowledge about the chemical composition of human social chemosignals together with a novel olfactory-based technology designed to drive social behaviour.

GIOTTO: Active aGeIng and Osteoporosis: The next challenge for smarT nanobiOmaterials and 3D technologies

Osteoporosis is a systemic, degenerative disorder, predominantly affecting postmenopausal women (1 out of 3) but also men at an advanced age (1 out of 5) and it increases the prevalence of fracture risk. One fifth of people suffering an osteoporotic fracture will die within a year and half will become dependent. Appropriate anti-osteoporotic drugs are available but have serious side effects and they do not promote fracture healing.