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Francesca Tramacere

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Francesca Tramacere received her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Pisa, in December 2009. In January 2013, she obtained her Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics (with honors) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa with a thesis on the study and analysis of adhesion mechanisms in nature for the development of innovative bioinspired adhesion devices. In 2012, she spent a period as a visiting researcher at the University of Kiel (Germany) collaborating with Pr. Stanislav Gorb. Since 2013, she is a Post-Doc at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Micro-BioRobotics (Pontedera). Her research interests are mainly related to robotic solutions inspired by biological systems. She was and still is the tutor of several Ph.D. students with different backgrounds (engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and biotechnologists). In 2017-18, she was the project manager of an industrial project (details reserved) aimed at the design and development of a robotic solution for harsh environments. She has noteworthy experience in the synthesis and analysis of scientific results and in making presentations for both scientific and not-specialized public. She acts as a reviewer for several international journals in the robotic and biological field.
She is currently the project manager of GrowBot, European project in the framework Horizon 2020 aimed at the development of robotic technologies inspired by climbing plants.

All Publications
Fiorello I., Tricinci O., Naselli G.A., Mondini A., Filippeschi C., Tramacere F., Mishra A.K., Mazzolai B.
Climbing Plant-Inspired Micropatterned Devices for Reversible Attachment
Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 30, (no. 38)
Article Journal
Mazzolai B., Del Dottore E., Margheri L., Mondini A., Tramacere F.
Generation GrowBots: learning from plants how to design self-morphing, growing robots
APS March Meeting 2020
Abstract Report Conference
Calusi B., Tramacere F., Gualtieri S., Pugno N.M., Mazzolai B.
Plant root penetration and growth as a mechanical inclusion problem
International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, vol. 120
Fiorello I., Del Dottore E., Tramacere F., Mazzolai B.
Taking inspiration from climbing plants: methodologies and benchmarks-a review
Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, vol. 15, (no. 3)
Mazzolai B., Tramacere F., Fiorello I., Margheri L.
The Bio-Engineering Approach for Plant Investigations and Growing Robots. A Mini-Review
Frontiers Robotics AI, vol. 7
Awards and Achievements
Fiorello I., Tricinci O., Naselli G. A., Mondini A., Filippeschi C., Tramacere F., Mishra A. K., Mazzolai B.
Frontispiece Cover image of issue 30(38), September (2020) of Advanced Functional Materials
Mazzolai B., Mondini A., Tramacere F., Del Dottore E.
Octopus-inspired Technologies for Grasping and Manipulation Tasks
Follador M., Tramacere F., Viry L., Cianchetti M., Beccai L., Laschi C., Mazzolai B.
Best demo with “Octopus-inspired innovative suction cups”