Matteo Laffranchi is the R&D Coordinator of the Rehab Technologies Lab. His expertise lies in the development of novel mechatronic systems in the robotics field.
He received his Master’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin in 2006 and a PhD in Robotics from the University of Sheffield in 2011. After a brief experience in the automation industry at OSAI A.S., from 2008 to 2011 he was a research fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology and a postdoctoral researcher at the same institute from 2011 to 2014. Since then, he is actively involved into technology transfer and product development activities.
During his PhD and Post-Doc, he spent 6 years developing compliant actuators and robots for safe human robot collaboration. Currently, he is responsible for research and product development activities at the Rehab Technologies Lab, which focus on hi-tech medical devices. For more info: http://it.linkedin.com/pub/matteo-laffranchi/2a/996/613
Rehab Technologies' Website: http://rehab.iit.it/en/
CompAct™ Variable Physical Damping Actuators
I am currently or have been involved in the following projects
INAIL-IIT Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Hand
Technology Review TR35 Young Innovators Italy. Forum on research, innovation and entrepreneurship, Padova, www.rieforum.org, 2012.
Seedlab. Selected Among 200+ entrepreneurial initiatives. 30k€ scholarship for the participation to the Seedlab program, sponsor: TTSeed Venture Capital Fund. http://www.seedlab.it/wp/,2012.
TriesteNext. Nordest technology transfer. Selected among 100+ entrepreneurial initiatives, Trieste, http://www.triestenext.it/progetti/nordest-technology-transfer/ 2012.
StartCup CNR - Sole 24Ore. Finalist, Genova, http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/tecnologie/2012-10-26/compact-robot-assemblatori-flessibili-135152.shtml?uuid=Abarj2wG, 2012.
PNI - Premio Nazionale Innovazione. Finalist, Selected Among 50+ italian regional startcup winners and finalists, Bari, http://www.pnicube.it/pni2012/uploads/Finalisti_PNI_2012.pdf, 2012.
EU Robotics Investment Forum. Third Prize, Lyon, http://www.eurobotics2013.com/, 2013.
Best jubilee video award. Variable Impedance Actuators: Moving the robtos of Tomorrow (co-author). International Conference on Intellignet Robots and Systems, IROS 2012, Vilamoura, Portugal. http://www.iros2012.org/site/sites/default/files/iros2012_AwardsResults.pdf, 2012.