This highly diversified nature of the research forms one of the great opportunities and challenges of robotics and it is at these various interfaces that many of the key developments in humanoid (human and machine) theory are being studied.
The "Robotics Platform" is developed by two departments
Each of these Departments has distinct and unique areas of specialism that provide an immense depth of knowledge and understanding, but through collaboration there is also a breadth to the research that is already being recognized as unique.
Research in Robotics has been present in all scientific plans developed by the IIT; historically it included a third department, called Telerobotics and Applications (TERA), created with the goal of developing technologies and concepts that combine specific human and robotics abilities so to perform complex and novel tasks. TERA started with RBCS and ADVR and finished its activities in 2011.