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Barbara Mazzolai is currently the Coordinator of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics (IIT@SSSA) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) of Genoa, Italy. She graduated (MSc) in Biology (with Honours) at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1995, and received the Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 1994 to 1998, she worked at the Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council on environmental topics. In 1998, she attended a post-graduate Master in Eco-Management and Audit Schemes (EMAS) organised by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy. From February 1999 until June 2004 she had a research assistant position at the Center for Research in Microengineering (CRIM Lab, now the BioRobotics Institute) of SSSA, where she was the founder of a research area on “Microtechnologies and robotics for environmental and agrofood applications”. From July 2004 to October 2009, she had a position of Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at SSSA. She was co-founder of the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Livorno. From November 1, 2009 to February 15, 2011, she was Team Leader at the IIT@SSSA Center.

Her current scientific research is in the fields of biorobotics and biomimetic robotics, focused on studying and understanding mechanisms, sensors, actuation solutions, and locomotion strategies inspired by Nature. In particular, she is currently investigating soft-bodied animals (e.g. octopus) and vegetal systems from an engineering point of view and with engineering tools, with the aim to design and develop new enabling technologies and robotic solutions, and to better understand the biological working principles and mechanisms. She is the Coordinator of the FET-OPEN PLANTOID Project. Moreover, she has a long experience as Project Manager of European Projects in biorobotics and service robotics. 

She is Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics and she was Guest Co-Editor of two Special Issues of this journal on “Biologically inspired robots and mechanisms (2 and 3)”. She is author of more than 90 appeared in international journals, books, and conference proceedings.

She is member of the IEEE, and of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and of the Robotics and Automation Society.

She has been member of panels of the European Commission within the Seventh Frame Program in the field of Robotics and ICT, and of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in the field of Environment and Health.

 

Projects

Innovative Robotic Artefacts Inspired by Plant Roots for Soil Monitoring (PLANTOID, ICT-2011.9.1 FET Open, Grant Agreement no. 293431, 2012-2015) - Coordinator

Novel Design Principles and Technologies for a New Generation of High Dexterity Soft-bodied Robots Inspired by the Morphology and Behaviour of the Octopus (OCTOPUS Integrating Project, FP7-ICT 2007.8.5, FET Proactive, Embodied Intelligence, Grant Agreement no. 231608, 2009-2013) - Project Manager

 

Selected Publications

Published / Accepted Journal Papers     

Furlan, S., Comparini, D., Ciszak, M., Beccai, L., Mancuso, S., Mazzolai, B. (2012) Origin of Polar Order in Dense Suspensions of Phototactic Micro-swimmers. PLoS One, accepted.

Margheri, L., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B. (2012) Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. I. From biological functions to artificial requirements. Bioinspir. Biomim, 7 025004 doi:10.1088/1748-3182/7/2/025005

Mazzolai B., Margheri L., Cianchetti M., Dario P., Laschi C. (2012) Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. II. From artificial requirements to innovative technological solutions. Bioinspir. Biomim, 7 025005 doi:10.1088/1748-3182/7/2/025005

Ciszak, M., Comparini, D., Mazzolai, B., Baluska, F., Arecchi, T.F., Vicsek, T., Mancuso, S. (2012) Swarming behavior in plant roots, PLoS One, Volume: 7, Issue: 1.

Laschi, C., Cianchetti, M., Mazzolai, B., Margheri, L., Follador, M., Dario, P. (2012) A Soft Robot Arm Inspired by the Octopus, Adv. Robotics, 26, 4

Popova, L., Russino, A., Ascrizzi, A., Mazzolai, B. (2012) Analysis of movement in primary maize roots, Biologia, Volume 67, Number 3, 517-524, doi: 10.2478/s11756-012-0023-z.

Mazzolai B., Margheri L., Dario P., Laschi C. Measurements of octopus arm elongation movement: evidence of differences by animal sex and size. Journal of Marine Biology and Ecology, accepted.

Greco, F., Ventrelli, L., Dario, D., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V. Micro-wrinkled Pd surface for hydrogen sensing and switched detection of Lower Explosive Limit, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, accepted, doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.04.145

Mazzolai, B., Mondini, A., Corradi, P., Laschi, C., Mattoli, V. and Dario, P. (2011) A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots, IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 201 - 212 (2012 TMECH Best Paper Award).

Margheri, L., Ponte, G., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Fiorito, G. (2011) Non invasive study of the Octopus vulgaris arm morphology using ultrasound. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 3727-3731.

Margheri, L., Mazzolai, B., Dario, P., Laschi, C. (2011) A bioengineering approach for in vivo measurements of the octopus arms. Journal of Shellfish Research, Volume: 30, Issue: 3.

Cianchetti, M., Arienti, A., Follador, M., Mazzolai, B., Dario, P., Laschi, C. (2011) Design concept and validation of a robotic arm inspired by the octopus. Materials Science and Engineering C 31 1230-1239.

Calisti, M., Giorelli, M., Levy, G., Mazzolai, B., Hochner, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P. (2011) An octopus-bioinspired solution to movement and manipulation for soft robots, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol.6, No.3.

Palagi, S., Pensabene, V., Sinibaldi, E., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Dario, P., Menciassi, A. (2011) Controlled magnetic propulsion of floating polymeric 2D nano-objects, Advanced Robotics, Volume: 25 Issue: 8, 1029-1047.

Ferri, G., Jakuba, M., Mondini, A., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Yoerger, D., Dario, P. (2011) Mapping Multiple Gas/Odor Sources in an Uncontrolled Indoor Environment using a Bayesian Occupancy Grid Mapping Based Method, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume: 59, Issue: 11, 988-1000.

Salvini, P., Teti, G., Spadoni, E., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Dario, P. (2011) Peccioli: The Testing Site for the Robot DustCart. Focus on social and legal challenges, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Special Issue on Roboethics, Vol.18, No.1, pp.59-67.

Salvini, P., Teti, G., Spadoni, E., Frediani, E., Boccalatte, S., Nocco, L., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Comandé, G., Rossi, E., Carrozza, P., Dario, P. (2010) An Investigation on Legal Regulations for Robot Deployment in Urban Areas: A Focus on Italian Law, Advanced Robotics, Vol.24, 13, 1901–1917.

Mattoli, V., Mondini, A., Mazzolai, B., Ferri, G. and Dario, P. (2010) A Universal Intelligent System-on-Chip Based Sensor Interface, Sensors, vol. 10(8), 7716-7747.

Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P., Mugnai, S., Mancuso, S. (2010) The plant as a biomechatronic system, Plant Signaling & Behavior 5:2, 1-4 (Short Communication).

Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Mondini, A., Zampolli, S. and Dario, P. (2010) Flexible Tag Datalogger for Food Logistics, Sensors and Actuators A, 162, 316–323.

Cianchetti, M., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P. (2009) A new design methodology of electrostrictive actuators for bioinspired robotics, Sensors and Actuators B, 142 (1) 288-297.

Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Cianchetti, M., Dario, P. (2009) Design of a biomimetic robotic octopus arm, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol.4, No.1.

Margheri L., Mazzolai B., Laschi C., Dario P. (2009) Methods and tools for experimental in-vivo measurement and characterization of the Octopus vulgaris arm mechanical properties J Mol Neurosci 39 (Suppl 1):S1–S132, S77.

Margheri L., Ponte G., Mazzolai B., Laschi C. and Fiorito G. (2009) In vivo investigation of the arm nerve cord morphology of the Octopus vulgaris, using ultrasound techniques J Mol Neurosci 39 (Suppl 1):S1–S132, S77-78.

Basu, S., Helmersson, J., Jarosinska, D., Sällsten, G., Mazzolai, B., Barregård, L., (2009) Regulatory factors of basal F2-isoprostane formation: Population, age, gender and smoking habits in humans, Free Radical Research, Volume 43, Issue 1, 85 - 91.

Ferri, G., Caselli, E., Mondini, A., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Dario, P. (2009) SPIRAL: a Novel Biologically-Inspired Algorithm for Gas/Odor Source Localization in an Indoor Environment with no Strong Airflow, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 57: 393-402.

Gibicar, D.; Horvat, M.; Logar, M.; Fajon, V.; Falnoga, I.; Ferrara, R.; Lanzillotta, E.; Ceccarini, C.; Mazzolai, B.; Denby, B.; Pacyna, J. (2009) Human exposure to mercury in the vicinity of chlor-alkali plant, Environmental research 109(4):355-67.

Jarosińska, D., Horvat, M., Sällsten, G., Mazzolai, B., Dąbkowska, B., Prokopowicz, A., Biesiada, M., Barregård, L. (2008) Urinary mercury and biomarkers of early renal dysfunction in environmentally and occupationally exposed adults – a three-country study, Environmental Research, Volume 108, Issue 2, 224-232.

Tonet, O.; Focacci, F.; Piccigallo, M.; Mattei, L.; Quaglia, C.; Megali, G.; Mazzolai, B.; Dario, P. (2008) Bio-inspired robotic dual-camera system for high-resolution vision, IEEE Transactions on Robotics - Special issue on Bio-robotics, Vol. 24, No. 1.

Abad, E.; Mazzolai, B.; Juarros, A.; Gómez, D.; Mondini, A.; Sayhan, I.; Krenkow, A.; Becker, T. (2008) Investigation of fabrication and encapsulation processes for a flexible tag microlab, Microsystem Technologies 14:527–534.

Abad, E, Zampolli, S., Marco, S., Scorzoni, A., Mazzolai, B., Juarros, A., Gómez, D., Elmi, I., Cardinali, G. C., Gómez, J. M., Palacio, F., Cicioni, M., Mondini, A., Becker, T., Sayhan, I. (2007) Flexible Tag Microlab Development: Gas Sensors Integration in RFID Flexible Tags for Food Logistic, Sensors and Actuators B, Volume: 127, Issue: 1, 2-7.

Fonseca, L; Cane, C; Mazzolai, B. (2007) Application of micro and nanotechnologies to food safety and quality monitoring, MEASUREMENT & CONTROL, Volume: 40, Issue: 4, 116-119.

Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Raffa, V., Mondini, A., and Dario, P. (2007) Design of a New Real-Time Dosimeter to Monitor Personal Exposure to Elemental Gaseous Mercury, Sensors and Actuators B, 123,158–167.

Raffa, V., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Mondini, A., Menciassi, A. and Dario, P. (2007) Investigation on a sensitive Au thin film deposited on different substrates: physical analysis via FIB and chemical analysis via evaluation of Au sensitivity to Hg, Sensors and Actuators B, 122, 475–483.

Barregard, L., Horvat, M., Mazzolai, B., Sällsten, G., Gibicar, D., Fajon, V., DiBona, S., Munthe, J., Wängberg, I., Eugensson, M.H. (2006) Urinary mercury in people living near point sources of mercury emissions, Sci. Total Environ., 368, 326-334.

Raffa, V., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Mondini, A. and Dario, P. (2006) Model validation of a mercury sensor, based on the resistivity variation of a thin gold film, Sensors and Actuators B, 114, 513–521.

Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Raffa, V., Tripoli, G., Accoto, D., Menciassi, A., Dario, P. (2004) A microfabricated physical sensor for atmospheric mercury monitoring, Sensors and Actuators, A, Vol. 113, 282-287.

Ferrara, R., Mazzolai, B., Lanzillotta, E., Nucaro, E., and Pirrone, N. (2000) Temporal trends in gaseous mercury evasion from Mediterranean seawaters, Sci. Total Environ. 259, 183-190.

Ferrara, R., Mazzolai, B., Lanzillotta, E., Nucaro, E., and Pirrone, N. (2000) Volcanoes as emission sources of atmospheric mercury in the Mediterranean basin, Sci. Total Environ. 259, pp. 115-121.

Ferrara, R., and Mazzolai, B. (1998) A dynamic flux chamber to measure mercury emission from aquatic systems, Sci. Total Environ. 51-57.

Ferrara, R., Mazzolai, B., Edner, H., Svamberg, S., and Wallinder, E. (1998) Atmospheric mercury sources in the Mt. Amiata area, Italy, Sci. Total Environ. 13-23.

Di Francesco, F., Ferrara, R., and Mazzolai, B. (1998) Two ways of using a chamber for mercury flux measurement - A simple mathematical approach”. Sci. Total Environ. 213, 33-41.

Papers on Books

Abad, E., Mazzolai, B., Juarros, A., Mondini, A., Krenkow, A., and Becker, T. (2010) Fabrication and Encapsulation Processes for Flexible Smart RFID Tags”, ISBN: 978-953-7619-72-5, Publisher: INTECH.

Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Cianchetti, M. and Dario, P. (2009) Design and Development of a Soft Actuator for A Robot Inspired by the Octopus Arm”, The 11th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, O. Khatib, V. Kumar, G. Pappas (Ed.s), Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series Vol. 54, 25-33.

Ju, L., Ferri, G., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P. (2008) A Solar-Powered Amphibian Robot for Aquatic Monitoring Network Source”, in Lecture Notes In Artificial Intelligence, Vol.5314, Springer, 1145-1154.

Cicioni, M., Scorzoni, A., Alimenti, F., Placidi, P., Roselli, L., Zampolli, S., Elmi, I., Cardinali, G.C., Severi, M., Marco, S., Gdmez, J.M., Palacio, F., Mazzolai, B., Mondini, A., Raffa, V., Mattoli, V., Dario, P., Ingles Bort, R., Ramirez, J. L., Llobet, E., Abad, E., Becker, T. (2008) Low-Power Sensor Front-End Electronics With WID Communication Capabilities For Food Logistic Datalogging Applications, in P. Siciliano, S. Capone, C. Di Natale and A. D'Amico (eds.) Sensors and Microsystems, 364-368, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore.

 Abad, E, Mazzolai, B, Juarros, A, Gomez, D, Mondini, A, Sayhan, I, Krenkow, A, Becker, T. (2007) Fabrication process for a flexible tag microlab - Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS III Book Series: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE) Volume: 6589, O5890-O5890.

 

Abad, E., Raffa, V., Mazzolai, B., Marco, S., Krenkow, A., Becker, T. (2005) Development of a Flexible Tag Microlab”, Proceedings of SPIE – Vol. 5836, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS II, Carles Cane, Jung-Chih Chiao, Fernando Vidal Verdu, Editors, 599-606.

 Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Raffa, V., Tripoli, G., Accoto D., Menciassi, A. and Dario, P. (2004) A microfabricated atmospheric mercury sensor”, in C. Di Natale, A. D’Amico, G. Soncini, L. Ferrario, M. Zen (eds.) Sensors and Microsystems, 355-360, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore.

 P. Dario, C. Laschi, S. Micera, F. Vecchi, M. Zecca, A. Menciassi, B. Mazzolai, M. C. Carrozza, (2003) Biologically - inspired microfabricated force and position mechano-sensors", in Sensors and Sensing in Biology and Engineering, by Friedrich G. Barth, Timothy W. Secomb, and Joseph A. C. Humphrey, (Ed.s), Springer Verlag, 1st edition, 109-125.

 Ferrara, R., Maserti, B.E., Mazzolai, B., Di Francesco, F., Andersson, M., Edner, H., Svamberg, S., and Wallinder, E. (1998) Atmospheric mercury in abandoned mine structures and restored mine buildings. In: Mercury Contaminated Sites. Characterization, Risk Assessment and Remediation. Editori: R. Ebinghaus, R.R. Turner, D. Lacerda, O. Vasiliev and W. Salomons. Springer Environmental Science, Springer Verlag Heidelberg, 249-257.

Papers in International Conferences

L. Popova, A. Tonazzini, B. Mazzolai (2012) Root-soil interaction models for designing adaptive exploring robotic systems. The International Conference on Biomimetic & Biohybrid Systems – Living Machines 2012, Barcelona, Spain

A. Tonazzini, L. Popova, F. Mattioli, B. Mazzolai (2012) Analysis and characterization of a robotic probe inspired by the plant root apex. Fourth IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, Rome, Italy

L. Popova, A. Russino, A. Ascrizzi, B. Mazzolai (2011) Analysis of movement in primary maize roots.  Proceedings of 7th International Symposium on Structure and Function of Roots Proceedings

B. Mazzolai, A. Russino, A. Ascrizzi, L. Popova, F. Mattioli (2011) Innovative robotic artefacts inspired by plant roots for soil monitoring, Proceedings of 7th International Symposium on Structure and Function of Roots Proceedings

Tramacere, F, Beccai, L, Sinibaldi, E, Laschi, C, Mazzolai, B. Adhesion Mechanisms Inspired by Octopus Suckers, PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2ND EUROPEAN FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION 2011 (FET 11) Book Series: Procedia Computer Science Volume: 7, 192-193.

Palagi, S; Pensabene, V; Mazzolai, B; Beccai, L, Novel Smart Concepts for Designing Swimming Soft Microrobots, PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2ND EUROPEAN FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION 2011 (FET 11)  Book Series: Procedia Computer Science Volume: 7, 264-265 DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2011.09.074 Published: 2011.

Ferri, G., Manzi, A., Salvini, P., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P. “DustCart, an autonomous robot for door-to-door garbage collection: from DustBot project to the experimentation in the small town of Peccioli”, 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China, submitted.

Palagi, S., Pensabene, V., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B., Menciassi, A., Dario, P. “Design and development of a soft magnetically-propelled swimming micro robot”, 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China, submitted.

Ferri, G; Manzi, A; Salvini, P 1; Mazzolai, B; Laschi, C; Dario, P, DustCart, an autonomous robot for door-to-door garbage collection: from DustBot project to the experimentation in the small town of Peccioli, 2011 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA)  Book Series: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA   Published: 2011

Russino, A., Di Baccio, D., Ascrizzi, A., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B. “Decision of growing direction in plant roots: a Swarm based approach for biorobotic applications”, 1st International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, ICABB-2010”, Venice, October 14-16, 2010

Margheri, L., Mazzolai, B., Ponte, G., Fiorito, G., Dario, P., Laschi, C. “Methods and tools for the anatomical study and experimental in vivo measurement of the Octopus vulgaris arm for biomimetic design”, IEEE BioRob2010

Margheri, L., Mazzolai, B, Dario, P., Laschi, C. “A non-invasive anatomical study and biomechanical measurements of the Octopus vulgaris arms for biomimetic robotics design”, 1st International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, ICABB-2010”, Venice, October 14-16, 2010.

Calisti, M; Arienti, A; Giannaccini, ME; Follador, M; Giorelli, M; Cianchetti, M; Mazzolai, B; Laschi, C; Dario, P, Study and fabrication of bioinspired octopus arm mockups tested on a multipurpose platform, 2010 3RD IEEE RAS AND EMBS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ROBOTICS AND BIOMECHATRONICS  Pages: 461-466   Published: 2010

P. Salvini, G. Ciaravella, W. Yu, G. Ferri, A. Manzi, C. Laschi, B. Mazzolai, S.R. Oh, P. Dario, “How Safe Are Robots in Urban Environments? Bullying a Service Robot”, Ro-Man, Proceedings of  19th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, September 12-15, 2010, Principe di Piemonte, Viareggio, Italy.

Reggente M., Mondini A., Ferri G., Mazzolai B., Manzi A., Gabelletti M., Dario P., Lilienthal A. “THE DUSTBOT SYSTEM: USING MOBILE ROBOTS TO MONITOR POLLUTION IN PEDESTRIAN AREA", NOSE2010, accepted.

Shi, Q., ISHII, H., Takanishi, A., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Dario, P. “Development of a Novel Quadruped Mobile Robot for Behavior Analysis of Rats”, 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, accepted.

Calisti, M., Arienti, A., Giannaccini, M. E., Follador, M., Giorelli, M., Cianchetti, M., Margheri, L., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P. “Study and fabrication of bioinspired octopus arm mockups tested on a multipurpose platform”, IEEE BioRob2010, 2010.

Shi, Q., ISHII, H., Takanishi, A., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Dario, P. “Development of the Hybrid Wheel-legged Mobile Robot WR-3 Designed to Interact with Rats”, IEEE BioRob2010, 2010.

Shi, Q., Miyagishima, S., Fumino, S., Ishii, H., Takanishi, A., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V. and Dario, P.  “Development of a Novel Quadruped Mobile Robot For Behavior Analysis of Rats”, Submitted to ICRA2010, the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Anchorage, Alaska, May 3-8, 2010.

Shi, Q (Shi, Qing)1; Miyagishima, S (Miyagishima, Shunsyuke)1; Konno, S (Konno, Shinichiro)1; Fumino, S (Fumino, Shogo)1; Ishii, H (Ishii, Hiroyuki); Takanishi, A (Takanishi, Atsuo); Laschi, C (Laschi, Cecilia); Mazzolai, B (Mazzolai, Barbara); Mattoli, V (Mattoli, Virgilio); Dario, P (Dario, Paolo), Development of the Hybrid Wheel-legged Mobile Robot WR-3 Designed to Interact with Rats, 2010 3RD IEEE RAS AND EMBS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ROBOTICS AND BIOMECHATRONICS  Pages: 887-892   Published: 2010.

Margheri, L., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C. and Dario, P. “Methods and tools for experimental in-vivo measurement and characterization of the Octopus vulgaris arm mechanical properties”, J Mol Neurosci (2009) 39 (Suppl 1) (DOI 10.1007/s12031-009-9309-1), p. 77.

Margheri, L., Ponte, G., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Fiorito, G. “In-vivo investigation of the arm nerve cord morphology of the Octopus vulgaris, using ultrasound techniques”, J Mol Neurosci (2009) 39 (Suppl 1) (DOI 10.1007/s12031-009-9309-1), pp. 77-78.

Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Mondini, A., Zampolli, S., Dario, P. "Flexible Tag Datalogger for Food Logistics" EuroSensors XXIII September 6 - 9, 2009 Lausanne, Switzerland.

Margheri, L., Mazzolai, B., Cianchetti, M., Dario, P., and Laschi, C. Tools and methods for experimental in-vivo measurement and biomechanical characterisation of an Octopus vulgaris arm, submitted to the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - EMBC 2009, September, 2-6, 2009, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Ishii, H., Masuda, Y., Miyagishima, S., Fumino, S., Takanishi, A., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., and Dario, P. “Design and Development of Biomimetic Quadruped Robot for Behavior Studies of Rats and Mice”, 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC2009), September 2-6 2009, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Mondini, A., Mazzolai, B., Corradi, P., Mattoli, V., Taccola, S., Laschi, C., and Dario, P. A robotic probe for subsoil exploration inspired to plant root apex, The second IEEE RAS / EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics – BioRob 2008, October 19-22, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Cianchetti, M., and Dario, P. Design of a biomimetic robotic octopus arm, in: Proceedings of 11th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics 2008 (ISER '08), July 14-17, 2008, Athens, Greece.

Cianchetti, M., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P. “Passive mechanical characterization of octopus arm tissues”, Primo Congresso Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB 2008), 3-5 luglio, 2008, Pisa.

Mazzolai, B., Corradi, P., Mondini, A., Mattoli, V., Laschi, C., Mancuso, S., Mugnai, S., Dario, P. “Inspiration From Plant Roots: A Robotic Root Apex For Soil Exploration”, BAEC 2008, Biological Approaches for Engineering Conference 17-19 March 2008, Southampton, UK.

Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Cianchetti, M., Mattoli, V., Bassi-Luciani, L., Dario, P. “Design Of A Biomimetic Robotic Octopus Arm” BAEC 2008, Biological Approaches for Engineering Conference 17-19 March 2008, Southampton, UK.

Seidl, T., Mugnai, S., Corradi, P., Mondini, A., Mattoli, V., Azzarello, E., Masi, E., Pandolfi, C., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Dario, P., Mancuso, S. “Biomimetic Transfer Of Plant Roots For Planetary Anchoring”, Proc 59th Int Astronautics Conf,  2008,  29  September - 3 October 2008, Glasgow, Scotland.

Ju, L., Ferri, G., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C. and Dario, P. “A Solar-Powered Amphibian Robot for Aquatic Monitoring Network”, ICIRA 2008, International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, October 15-17, 2008, Wuhan, China.

Dario, P., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Salvini, P. and Ciaravella, G. “Networked and Cooperating Robots for Urban Hygiene: the EUfunded DustBot Project”, 5th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence, URAI 2008, 20-22 November, Korea University, Korea.

Ferri, G., Caselli, E., Mattoli, V., Mondini, A., Mazzolai, B. and Dario, P. “Explorative particle swarm optimization for gas/odor source localization in an indoor environment with no strong airflow”, in: Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2007), Sanya, China, December 15-18, 2007, pp. 841-846.

Patane, F., Mattoli, V., Laschi, C., Mazzolai, B., Dario, P., Ishii, H., and Takanishi, A. “Biomechatronic Design and Development of a Legged Rat Robot”, RoBio 2007, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Sanya, China, December 15-18, 2007, BEST CONFERENCE PAPER AWARD.

Mazzolai, B., Laschi, C., Cianchetti, M., Patane', F., Bassi-Luciani, L., Izzo, I., Dario, P. “Biorobotic Investigation on the Muscle Structure of an Octopus Tentacle”, 29th IEEE EMBS Annual International Conference, Cité Internationale, Lyon, France, August 23-26, 2007.

G. Ferri, M.V. Jakuba, E. Caselli, V. Mattoli, B. Mazzolai, D.R. Yoerger, P. Dario, “Localizing multiple gas/odor sources in an indoor environment using Bayesian occupancy grid mapping”, in: Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2007), San Diego, CA, USA, 2007, pp. 566-571.

Laschi, C, Mazzolai, B. “Introduction to Biomimetic Robotics”, Full-Day Workshop on Biomimetic Robotics (Organizers), IEEE Int Conf Robot Automat – ICRA, April, 10-14, 2007.

Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V. “From Sensor Networks to Autonomous Networked and Cooperating Platforms for Environmental Monitoring”, Workshop on Robotic Olfaction - Towards Real Applications, IEEE Int Conf Robot Automat – ICRA, April, 10-14, 2007.

G. Ferri, E. Caselli, V. Mattoli, A. Mondini, B. Mazzolai, P. Dario, “A biologically-inspired algorithm for gas/odor source localization in an indoor environment with no strong airflow: first experimental results”, in: Proceedings of Workshop on Robotic Olfaction of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2007), Roma, Italy, 2007.

Abad, E., Zampolli, S., Marco, S., Scorzoni, A., Mazzolai, B., Juarros, A., Gómez, D., Elmi, I., Cardinali, G. C., Gómez, J. M., Palacio, F., Cicioni, M., Mondini, A., Becker, T., and Sayhan, I. “Flexible tag microlab development: gas sensors integration in RFID flexible tags for food logistic”, International Eurosensors Conference, 17-20 September, 2006, Göteborg, Sweden.

Gibičar D., Horvat M., Fajon V., Mazzolai B., Barregård L., Sällsten G., Di Bona S., "Levels of mercury in hair of people working in or living close to a mercury cell chlor-alkali plant”, submitted and accepted to the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, August 6-11, 2006.

Mattoli V., Mazzolai B., Raffa V., Dario P., “A New Real-Time Dosimeter to Monitor Personal Exposure to Elemental Gaseous Mercury,” Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, August 6-11, 2006.

Mancuso, S., Mazzolai, B. “Il plantoide: un possibile prezioso robot ispirato al mondo vegetale”, Accademia dei Georgofili, Firenze, Italy, April 6, 2006.

Cicioni, M., Scorzoni, A., Alimenti, F., Placidi, P., Roselli, L., Zampolli, S., Elmi, I., Cardinali, G.C., Severi, M., Marco, S., Gómez, J.M., Palacio, F., Mazzolai, B., Mondini, A., Raffa, V., Dario, P., Ingles Bort, R., Llobet, E., Becker, T. “Low-power sensor front-end electronics with RFID communication capabilities for food logistic datalogging applications”, AISEM2006 Conference, Lecce, Italy, February 8-10, 2006. 

Laschi C., Mazzolai B., Patanè F., Mattoli V., Dario P., Ishii H., Ogura M., Kurisu S., Komura A., Takanishi A., “Design and development of a legged rat robot for studying animal-robot interaction”, IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, Pisa, Italy, February 20-22, 2006.

G. Ferri, E. Caselli, V. Mattoli, A .Mondini, B. Mazzolai, P. Dario, “A biologically-inspired algorithm implemented on a new highly flexible multi-agent platform for gas source localization”, in: Proceedings of the IEEE RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics - Biorob 2006, Pisa, Italy, 2006, pp. 573-578.

P. Dario, M.C. Carrozza, L. Beccai, C. Laschi, B. Mazzolai, A. Menciassi, S. Micera, “Design, fabrication and applications of biomimetic sensors in biorobotics”, IEEE International Conference on Information Acquisition, Hong-Kong and Macau, China, June 27 – July 3, 2005.

Mattoli, V., Mondini, A., Razeeb, K. M., O’Flynn B., Murphy, F., Bellis, S., Collodi, G., Manes, A., Pennacchia, P., Mazzolai, B. and Dario, P. “Development of a Programmable Sensor Interface for Wireless Network Nodes for Intelligent Agricultural Applications”, IE2005 Conference, Essex, UK, 28-29 June 2005.

Zampolli, S., Elmi, I., Piras, E., Cardinali, G.C., Severi, M., Mazzolai, B., Raffa, V., Mattoli, V., Dario, P., Abad, E., Becker, T., Krenkow, A. “Integration of gas sensors in flexible circuits: towards a flexible tag microlab for food logisitics”, Eurosensors 2005 Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 11-14 September 2005.

Mazzolai B., Raffa V., Mattoli V., Dario P., Zampolli S., Elmi I., Piras E., Cardinali G.C., Abad E., Becker T., Krenkow A. “Enabling technologies for a flexible tag gas sensing system in food logistics applications”, AISEM2005 Conference, Florence, 15-17 February 2005.

Mazzolai B., Mattoli V., Raffa V. , Tripoli M., P.Dario, Donati A., Baldacci S., Viganò W., Pannocchia A., “A new portable atomic gaseous mercury analyser with network capability for environmental monitoring. Proceedings”. “7th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant”, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27 June-2 July, 2004.

Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Raffa, V., Tripoli, G., Dario, P., “A miniaturised sensor for gaseous mercury detection”. Proceedings “7th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant”, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27 June-2 July, 2004.

Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Raffa, V., Tripoli, G., Dario, P., Ferrara, R., Lanzillotta, E., Munthe, J., Wangber, I., Barregard, L., Sallsten, G., Horvat, M., Gibicar, D., V. Fajon, M. Logar, J. Pacyna, B. Denby, S. Svanberg, H. Edner, R. Gronlund, M. Sjöholm, P. Weibring, A. Donati, S. Baldacci, W. Viganò, A. Pannocchia, R. Fontanelli, S. La Manna, S. Di Bona, J. Fudala, U. Zielonka, S. Hlawiczka, D. Jarosinska, A. Danet, C. Bratu. “A multidisciplinary approach to study the impact of mercury pollution on human health and environment: the EMECAP project”. Proceedings “7th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant”, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27 June-2 July, 2004.

Barregård, L., Horvat, M., Mazzolai, B., Sällsten, G., Gibicar, D., D’Onofrio, R., Fajon, V., di Bona, S., S. La Manna, V. Mattoli, V. Raffa, G. Tripoli, R. Fontanelli. “Urinary mercury in subjects living close to chloralkali plants, the EMECAP study”. Proceedings “7th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant”, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27 June-2 July, 2004.

Mazzolai, B., Mattoli, V., Raffa, V., Tripoli, G., Accoto, D., Menciassi A., Dario, P. “A Microfabricated Physical Sensor for Athmospheric Mercury monitoring”, e-MRS 2004, June 11, 2003 Strasburg, France.

Mazzolai, B., Accoto, D., Mattoli, V., Tripoli, G., Raffa, V., Menciassi, A., Dario, P. “A microfabricated atmospheric mercury sensor as a component of a µTAS”. ITEE 2003 Conference, organised by NAISO Natural & Artificial Intelligence Systems Organization, 25 June, 2003, Gdansk, Poland.

Mazzolai, B., Accoto, D., Mattoli, V., Menciassi, A., Dario, P. “An integrated tool for the mercury problem: the EMECAP project”. Proceedings 6th International Conference On Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Minamata (Japan), October 15-19, 2001.

Ferrara, R., Ceccarini, C., Lanzillotta, E., Mazzolai, B., Nucaro, E., and Pirrone, N. “High mercury levels in aquifers of a mineralized area: a case study”, Proceedings 5th International Conference Mercury as a Global Pollutant, May 23-28, 2000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

P. Dario, C. Laschi, S. Micera, F. Vecchi, M. Zecca, A. Menciassi, B. Mazzolai, M.C. Carrozza, “Biologically-Inspired Microfabricated Force and Position Mechano-Sensors”, Second International Symposium on the Mechanics of Plants, Animals and Their Environments – MPATHE 2000, Il Ciocco, Italy, June 11-16, 2000.

Ferrara, R., Mazzolai, B., Lanzillotta, E., Nucaro, E., and Pirrone, N. “Preliminary results on atmospheric mercury emissions from surface waters of the Mediterranean Sea”, Proceedings di “EUROTRAC Symposium ’98, Garmish- Partenkirchen, March 23-27, 1998.

Ferrara, R., Mazzolai, B., Edner, H., Svanberg, S. and Wallinder, E. “Atmospheric Mercury Sources in the Mt. Amiata Area, Italy”, Proceedings 4th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant", Hamburg, Germany, August 4-8, 1996.

Patents

Italian Patent FI2011A000246: “Dispositivo per la variazione passiva e ciclica dell'assetto di galleggiamento” (Device for passive and cyclic of buoyancy). Francesco Fornai, Gabriele Ferri, Giacomo Saviozzi, Barbara Mazzolai, Cecilia Laschi e Paolo Dario.

 

Italian Patent “Robot con arti morbidi adibiti a locomozione e presa” (Robot with soft limb able of locomotion and grasping). Marcello Calisti, Andrea Arienti, Michele Giorelli, Barbara Mazzolai, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario.

 

Italian patent FI2010A000195, 2010: “Arto robotico continuo bioispirato” (Continuum bioinspiredrobotic limb). Matteo Cianchetti, Maurizio Follador, Andrea Arienti, Cecilia Laschi, Barbara Mazzolai, Paolo Dario.

 

Italian patent FI2009A000096, 2009: “Sistema DustBot: sistema robotico autonomo per l'esecuzione di task in ambienti urbani, non strutturati e/o parzialmente strutturati” (DustBot system: autonomous robotic system for executing tasks in urban, unstructured and/or partially structured environments). Paolo Dario, Cecilia Laschi, Barbara Mazzolai, Virgilio Mattoli, Gabriele Ferri, Alessandro Manzi, Matteo Gabelletti.

 

Brevetto italiano: "Dispositivo sensorizzato per il monitoraggio della qualità e della sicurezza di prodotti alimentari confezionati" - FI2007A000160. Mazzolai Barbara, Mattoli Virgilio, Mondini Alessio, Dario Paolo, Zampolli Stefano, Zani Antonio, Elmi Ivan.

 

European patent EP000980966, 2008 "DustBot - Networked and Cooperating Robots for Urban Hygiene". Irene Mannari, Pericle Salvini, Federica Pantaloni, Cecilia Laschi, Barbara Mazzolai, Virgilio Mattoli, Paolo Dario.

Awards

In 2010 she has received the Marisa Bellisario Prize

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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.

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