Manolo Garabini

Manolo Garabini graduated in Mechanical Engineering and received a Ph.D. degree in Robotics from the University of Pisa where he is currently employed as an Assistant Professor. His main research interests are in the design, planning, and control of soft and adaptive robots, from actuators to end-effectors (hands, grippers, feet), to complex multi-dof systems. A part of his activity has been devoted to theoretically proving the effectiveness of soft and adaptive robots in high performance, high efficiency, and resilient tasks via analytical and numerical optimization tools. He contributed to the realization of modular Variable Stiffness Actuators. He contributed to the design of the joints and the lower body of the humanoid robot WALK-MAN and participated in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and at a field test in Amatrice, Italy after a disastrous earthquake event. Moreover, he co-designed hardware and software of a dual-arm robot - WRAPP-up - for flexible picking and palletizing of goods, and of a robot for film unwrapping. Recently he contributed to the development of several algorithms, based on optimal control and learning, for motion planning and control in minimum time and under uncertainty. He has been the Principal Investigator in the THING H2020 EU Research Project for the University of Pisa, and currently, he is the coordinator of the NI H2020 project, and of the Dysturbance sub-project of the EUROBENCH H2020 project. He is the co-founder of two companies, qbrobotics s.r.l., and XStar Motion s.r.l.

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Assistant Professor
Università di Pisa
Department of Information Engineering (DII)
Research Center "E. Piaggio"
Largo Lucio Lazzarino, 1 - 56122, Pisa

Mail: manolo.garabini (at)

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