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Antonio Bicchi is Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, and Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T.  Artificial Intelligence lab in 1988–1990.  He teaches  Control Systems and Roboticsin the Department of Information Engineering  (DII) of the University of Pisa,  leads the Robotics  group at the  Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa since 1990, and served as Director from 2003 to 2012.

His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems in general. He has published more than 300 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences.  He currently serves as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control. He has served as Editor in Chief of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), as Vice President and as Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE RAS.  He is Editor-in-Chief for the book series ``Springer Briefs on Control, Automation and Robotics,'' and is in the editorial board of several scientific journals, including the top-ranked Int.l J. Robotics Research, the IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering, and IEEE RAS Magazine. He has organized and co-chaired the first WorldHaptics Conference (2005), and Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (2007). He is the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2012, he was awarded with an individual Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for his research on human and robot hands.

Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.

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2012 Humanoids 2012 Best Paper Award for paper “Adaptive Synergies for a Humanoid Robot Hand”, by G. Grioli, M. Catalano, C. Piazza, A. Serio, E. Farnioli, and A. Bicchi;

2012 JTCF Novel Technology Best Paper Award in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2012, for paper “Synergy-based optimal design of hand pose sensing”, by M. Bianchi, P. Salaris, and A. Bicchi;

2 2012 IROS Jubilee Best Video Award, “Variable Impedance Actuators: Moving the Robots of Tomorrow”, by B. Vanderborght, A. Albu-Schaeffer, A. Bicchi, et al.;

2012 Awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for the individual research program “SoftHands”;

2012 Finalist, ICRA’12 Best Manipulation Paper Award for paper “Tele-Impedance: Towards Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots”, by A. Ajoudani, N. Tsagarakis, and A. Bicchi;

2010 Finalist, Haptics Symposium 2010 Best Paper Award, for paper “A new fabric-based softness display” by M. Bianchi, A. Serio, E. P. Scilingo, and A. Bicchi;

2009 Fumio Harashima Best Paper Award in Emerging Technologies, IEEE Industrial Elec- tronics Society (IES), 14th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, for paper “Designing Real-Time Embedded Controllers using the Anytime Computing Paradigm” by A. Quagli, D.Fontanelli, L. Greco, L. Palopoli, and A. Bicchi;

2009 General Chairs’ Recognition Award for Interactive Papers for the paper “On the Security of Linear Distributed Iterations”, by F. Pasqualetti, A. Bicchi, and F. Bullo, IEEE Intl. Conf. on Decision and Control;

2009 AAP Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics, for Springer Handbook of Robotics, Springer Science and Business Media, Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division, Association of American Publishers, Inc.;

2008 KUKA Service Robotics Best Paper Award, IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, ICRA’08, Pasadena, USA;

2007 Author of the entry for “Controllo, Teoria del” (“Control Theory”) for the Enciclopedia Italiana “Treccani”, the most prestigious encyclopaedia in Italy;

2005 IEEE Fellow “for contributions to automatic control of mechanisms and robots; ” 2005 Best Manipulation Paper Award, IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, ICRA’05, Barcelona, Es.;

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