Antonio Bicchi is Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and the Chair of Robotics at the University of Pisa. 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 Robotics in the Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the University of Pisa. He leads the SoftRobotics Lab for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation at IIT in Genoa. He also heads since 1990 the Robotics Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa. Since 2013 he is Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering of Arizona State University.
His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems in general. He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, which he started in 2015. He has organized and chaired the first WorldHaptics Conference (2005). He is Editor of the book series ``Springer Briefs on Control, Automation and Robotics,'' and has served as an Editor for the Int.l J. Robotics Research, IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering, and IEEE RAS Magazine. He was Program Chair of the IEEE Int.. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA'16), and General Chair of the Int. Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR' 2015) and Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC 2007). He was Editor in Chief of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), Vice President for Publications (2013-2014), for Membership (2006-2007), and Distinguished Lecturer (2004-2006) of IEEE RAS. He served as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control (2012-2013). He is the recipient of several awards and honors. From 2012 to 2017, his research on human and robot hands was granted an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.
Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.
SOFTHANDS "A Theory of Soft Synergies for a New Generation of Artificial Hands'' [2011--2016] European Research Council Advanced Grant ERC-291166
SOFTPRO "Synergy-based Open-source Foundations and Technologies for Prosthetics and RehabilitatiOn'' [2016-2020] Horizon 2020 2015.ICT.24a, Coordinator.MIMICS "Electromyography-driven musculoskeletal modelling for biomimetic myoelectric control of prostheses with variable stiffness actuators'' [2017-2019] H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships), Coordinator.
SSBAHPA "Soft Synergy-Based Artificial Hand for Prosthetic Applications'' [2014-2016] National Institute of Health (NIH) R21 Grant 1R21HD081938-01
ASHP ``Applications of Soft-Hands as Prostheses'' [2014-2016] Mayo Clinic Private Grant
WALK-MAN "Whole-body Adaptive Locomotion and Manipulation'' [2013-2017] EC FP7-ICT-2013-10
WEARHAP "WEARable HAPtics for humans and robots'' [2013-2017] EC FP7-ICT-2011-9
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Encyclopaedic and Handbook Entries
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.;