Lucia Beccai is a Researcher at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics@SSSA (http://mbr.iit.it) of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Pontedera (Pisa), Italy.
She graduated in 1998 in Electronic Engineering (specialization in Microelectronics) at the University of Pisa after performing an experimental thesis focused on the development of nanometric ZrO2 oxygen sensors. In 1999 she joined the Center of Research in Microengineering (CRIM) laboratory of SSSA (formerly MiTech lab) as research assistant. She contributed to the establishment of the new CRIM laboratory active from 2002 and she collaborated to several European research projects. Dr. Beccai obtained her Ph.D. in Microsystem Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2003. Within her PhD course she spent one year of time at the Institut fur Mikrotechnik of Mainz, in Germany (http://www.imm-mainz.de/) as she was awarded a research project to develop a new kind of MEMS based tactile force sensor. In 2005 Dr. Beccai joined the Advanced Robotic Technology and System (ARTS) laboratory at SSSA, where she addressed research in main fields of biorobotics and bionics, and in 2008 she obtained a temporary position of Assistant Professor in Bioengineering. In November 2009 she joined the IIT, contributed to the start-up of the Center of Micro-BioRobotics and started her research activities.
Dr. Beccai has matured expertise in biomechatronics and microsystem engineering in the biomedical field. Some specific fields in which she addressed and led investigations are related to biomedical microsystems for in-vivo applications, MEMS, bioinspired solutions for bionic hand tactile feedback systems, the understanding of human tactile encoding mechanisms and the development of artificial systems that can mimic selected tactile functionalities. The biorobotic approach was at the basis of the performed research both at CRIM and ARTS labs. She collaborated to many international projects being responsible for research activities in several of them, like in Cyberhand (EU-IST-FET-2001-35094) of which she was project manager, Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program, and Nanobiotact (FP6-NMP-033287).
She is author and co-author of several articles on refereed international journals and of more than thirty papers published in international conference proceedings. She is member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
At the Center of Micro-BioRobotics, she tutors and co-tutors 9 PhD students with a strong commitment in bringing together a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines in microbiorobotics research, fostering new research projects and high level challenges. Her current scientific interests are related to the investigation of innovative sensing, actuation and locomotion strategies in robotics drawing fundamental clues from Nature. She works within the ROBOTICS platform making a strong link to the SMART MATERIALS platform. Currently, Dr. Beccai is focusing on investigating:
-Physical sensory systems inspired by plant roots
-Biomimetic smart tactile systems for artificial active and passive touch in soft robotics
-Bio-hybrid approaches to mechanostransduction
-Soft bodied mobile bioinspired microrobots
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