Contact info: Prof. Cecilia Laschi (,
Prof. Angelo Maria Sabatini, Prof. Paolo Dario, Dr. Matteo Cianchetti

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute ( SSSA)

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 has been started on January 1, 2011, by merging the ARTS and the CRIM Labs and the EZ Research Centre. The Director of the BioRobotics Institute is Paolo Dario. The BioRobotics Institute conducts theoretical and experimental research in biorobotics, a discipline characterized by a high degree of interdisciplinarity. 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. The former ARTS Lab, over the course of its 20-year 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 the former CRIM Lab had become a reference at international level for microfabrication technologies and for microrobotics applied in the medical field.

Role in I-SUPPORT:

The role of SSSA in I-Support is two fold:

  • Leader of WP3: the institute‘s expertise in soft robotics technologies are used for providing a soft robot arm to assist the older persons during the washing tasks. In this context the institute will perform technical adaptations in existing prototypes of soft robotic arms and integrate the different solutions for washing and for wiping already available into one robotic service. Another major technical development will regard the interface of the robot arm with the shower case so that it becomes modular and meets the need for ease of installation and suitability to most standard bathrooms.
  • The long experience in Internet of Things, sensor fusion, devices for motion analysis and fall detection is used for the fall detection and context awareness of the environment in which the I-Support system is intended to operate.