The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) is a public university with a special status admitting excellent students at graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral level in the sectors of engineering, medicine, agriculture, economics, law and political science. The mission of SSSA is to perform excellent research through a number of highly qualified research institutes.
The BioRobotics Institute of SSSA conducts theoretical and experimental research in biorobotics, which is characterized by a high degree of interdisciplinary. For this reason, it has a strong tendency toward integrating heterogeneous bodies of knowledge, of both scientific and humanistic nature, in order to study the theoretical and practical problems associated with the development of advanced robotic systems. Over the course of its history, has built and consolidated a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of Service Robotics, Humanoid Robotics, Neurorobotics, Bionics, Neural Interfaces, Assistive Robotics, Robotics for Neurorehabilitation, Gerontechnologies, Biomimetic Robotics, Soft Robotics and Marine Robotics, as well as microfabrication technologies and for microrobotics applied in the medical field. Several robotic platforms have been developed in the framework of national and international projects, as for example humanoid robots, biomimetic robots, robotic and prosthetic hands, robotic systems for rehabilitation and for personal assistance of disable and elderly people. At present, the Biorobotics Institute includes over 190 people, among which 6 Full Professors, 3 Associate Professors, 8 Assistant Professors, more than 40 Post-Doc researchers, more than 90 PhD students, 6 technical and 8 administrative assistants, 15 other research assistants, a variable number of master students around 10, and a variable number of visiting researchers.
The peculiarity of the BioRobotics Institute is the capability to perform excellent research according to the standards of the scientific communities of robotics and biomedical engineering (i.e. publications) and at the same time fostering the application and the exploitation of the research results, to the benefit of the local area and of European citizens at large.
Role in the project: Specifically, SSSA will develop the artificial muscles of the hybrid heart. In particular, SSSA will benefit from the extensive previous experience gained in soft robotics to develop flexible fluidic actuators to.