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Emanuela Del Dottore

Post Doc

Research Line

Bioinspired Soft Robotics




Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (PI) Italy
+39 050 883092
+39 050883092
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Past Education      

I got both my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science (with curriculum on Artificial Intelligence), at the University of Pisa.

I conducted my master thesis in collaboration with Scuola Superiore S. Anna, at the Marine Robotic Center in Livorno. My work was to research and implement an image segmentation technique on digital pictures of seabed with the aim to recognize and map areas with Posidonia oceanica.

Abroad Experience


During my studies, I also spent 9 months in Finland (Sept. 2006 – May 2007), at the University of Helsinki, via the Erasmus Project. The period abroad was an important and wonderful experience for both personal and professional enrichment.

Working Experience


Immediately after graduation, I started working as a Software Designer and Programmer for an electronics company in Pontedera, the ForSense Technology, which develops embedded devices for environmental monitoring, food tracking and biomedical applications. I worked in this company for three years.

I also had occasional collaborations with different companies as webmaster and software consultant.

Autobiographical Note


In 2013 I decided to enrich my educational curriculum with the Ph.D., for this reason, I left my position at the ForSense Technology and I applied for the Ph.D. in BioRobotics at Scuola Superiore S. Anna, obtaining a scholarship from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. I obtained the Ph.D. (with Honours) in 2017 with the thesis "Study and Implementation of Algorithms Inspired by Movements and Control Strategies of Plant Roots".

My main interests are in artificial intelligence, robotics, control, and embedded systems.

In my research activities, I want to merge all these topics by exploring bio-inspiration, particularly plant-inspiration, for the realization of new software technologies.


Best Interactive Session at the 1° Conferenza Italiana di Robotica e Macchine Intelligenti (I-RIM), October 2019
Mazzolai B.iit, Mondini A.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Del Dottore E.iit  
Octopus-inspired Technologies for Grasping and Manipulation Tasks

Best Paper Awards at the First IEEE International Conference in Soft Robotics (RoboSoft), May 2018
Del Dottore E.iit, Mondini A.iit, Sadeghi A., Mazzolai B.iit
A plant-inspired kinematic model for growing robots



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