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Matteo Bianchi is currently an Assistant Professor at the Research Centre “E. Piaggio” and the Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the Università di Pisa. He is also clinical research affiliate at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, USA) and serves as co-Chair of the RAS Technical Committee on Robot Hands, Grasping and Manipulation and Vice-Chair for Information and Dissemination of the RAS Technical Committee on Haptics. He is the Principal Investigator of the EU Project SoftPro (No.688857) for the Research Centre “E. Piaggio”. From January to June 2011, he worked as visiting student at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. His research interests include haptic interface and sensor design, control and validation with applications in virtual reality, robotics/medical robotics (robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery and prosthetics), tele-robotics, and assistive/affective human-robot interaction; human and robotic hands: optimal sensing and control; psycho-physics and mathematical modelling of the sense of touch and human manipulation; human inspired control of soft robots; machine learning for human and robot manipulation. He is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed contributions and serves as member of the editorial/organizing board of international conferences and journals. He is editor of the book "Human and Robot Hands'', Springer International Publishing. He is recipient of several national and international awards, including the JCTF novel technology paper award at the IEEE/RSJ IROS Conference in Villamoura, Portugal (2012) and the Best Paper Award at the IEEE-RAS Haptics Symposium in Philadelphia, USA (2016). He is a member of the IEEE.