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Franco Angelinian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering and fellow of the Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa.
He received the B.S degree in computer engineering and the M.S. cum laude in automation and robotics engineering from the University of Pisa. University of Pisa granted him also a Ph.D. degree (cum laude) in Information Engineering in 2020 with the grant "Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation (SoftBot)", Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). For his Phd thesis, Franco was awarded with the 2021 SIDRA Award for the best PhD Theses in the area of Systems and Control Engineering at an Italian University.
In 2018 he spent a period of his PhD abroad, at the Institute for Perception, Action, and Behaviour (IPAB), School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh (UK), under the supervision of Professor Sethu Vijayakumar. During this period, he worked on the planning and regulation of the impedance of the quadrupedal robot ANYmal.
His research interests include design and control of soft robotic systems, impedance control and planning, robotic grasping, and robotic environmental monitoring.