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Matteo Laffranchi

Coordinator of Robotics
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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab
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Matteo Laffranchi is Coordinator of Robotics at Rehab Technologies Lab, IIT. His main works focus on the development of novel mechatronic systems for robotic applications.

He received a Master's Degree in mechatronic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2006 and a PhD in robotics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2011. Following a brief experience in the automation industry at OSAI A. S., in the period 2008-2011 he has been Research Fellow and Post-Doc researcher from 2011 to 2014 at the department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology. At ADVR, he spent 6 years developing compliant actuation systems for robotics and robots (CompAct actuators, CompAct arm) for safe physical human-robot interaction. 

Since 2014, he works at Rehab Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, with specific focus on the development of novel healthcare robots, particularly robotic prostheses and exoskeletons (Hannes, Pro-Leg, Twin, Float). He now manages the activities related to robotics research and product development within the lab starting from 2016.

Along with research and development, he is also involved in technology transfer activities and in entrepreneurial projects to bring the developed technology to the medical and industrial robotics industries since 2012.

Experience External

Title: Mechatronic Engineer
Institute: Osai AS
Location: Parella (TO)
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2008

Top Publications
2020
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Lince A., Semprini M., Saglia J.A., Naceri A., Sacchetti R., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
The Hannes hand prosthesis replicates the key biological properties of the human hand
Science Robotics, vol. 5, (no. 46)
Article Journal
2014
Laffranchi M., Chen L., Kashiri N., Lee J., Tsagarakis N.G., Caldwell D.G.
Development and control of a series elastic actuator equipped with a semi active friction damper for human friendly robots
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 62, (no. 12), pp. 1827-1836
Article Journal
2013
Laffranchi M., Tsagarakis N.G., Caldwell D.G.
CompAct™ arm: A compliant manipulator with intrinsic variable physical damping
Robotics: Science and Systems, vol. 8, pp. 225-232
Conference Paper Conference
2013
Vanderborght B., Albu-Schaeffer A., Bicchi A., Burdet E., Caldwell D.G., Carloni R., Catalano M., Eiberger O., Friedl W., Ganesh G., Garabini M., Grebenstein M., Grioli G., Haddadin S., Hoppner H., Jafari A., Laffranchi M., Lefeber D., Petit F., Stramigioli S., Tsagarakis N., Van Damme M., Van Ham R., Visser L.C., Wolf S.
Variable impedance actuators: A review
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 61, (no. 12), pp. 1601-1614
All Publications
2022
Tessari F., Galluzzi R., Amati N., Tonoli A., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Design and Testing of a Fully-Integrated Electro-Hydrostatic Actuator for Powered Knee Prostheses
Biosystems and Biorobotics, vol. 27, pp. 95-100
Book Chapter Book Series
2021
Barresi G., Marinelli A., Caserta G., de Zambotti M., Tessadori J., Angioletti L., Boccardo N., Freddolini M., Mazzanti D., Deshpande N., Frigo C.A., Balconi M., Gruppioni E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Exploring the Embodiment of a Virtual Hand in a Spatially Augmented Respiratory Biofeedback Setting
Frontiers in Neurorobotics, vol. 15
Article Journal
2021
Cavallaro L., Tessari F., Milandri G., De Benedictis C., Ferraresi C., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Finite element modeling of an energy storing and return prosthetic foot and implications of stiffness on rollover shape
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Article Journal
2021
Crepaldi M., Thorsen R., Jonsdottir J., Scarpetta S., De Michieli L., Si Salvo M., Zini G., Laffranchi M., Ferrarin M.
FITFES: A Myoelectrically Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulator Designed Using a User-Centered Approach
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Article Journal
2021
Di Domenico D., Marinelli A., Boccardo N., Semprini M., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Stedman S., Dellacasa Bellingegni A., Chiappalone M., Gruppioni E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Hannes Prosthesis Control Based on Regression Machine Learning Algorithms
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Conference Paper Conference
Awards and Achievements
2020
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Lince A., Semprini M., Saglia J.A., Naceri A., Sacchetti R., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Compasso d'oro
2020
Laffranchi M.
Robotics 2020 Young Investigator Award
2018
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lince A., Canepa M., Saglia J., Gruppioni E., Sacchetti R., Diamanti G., Poli F., De Bartolomeis L., De Michieli L.
ADI Design Index
2018
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Lince A., Canepa M., Saglia J., Gruppioni E., Sacchetti R., Diamanti G., Poli F., De Bartolomeis L., De Michieli L.
Good Design
2012
Vanderborght B., Albu-Schaeffer A., Bicchi A., Burdet E., Caldwell D., Carloni R., Catalano M., Ganesh G., Garabini M., Grebenstein M., Grioli G., Haddadin S., Jafari A., Laffranchi M., Lefeber D., Petit F., Stramigioli S., Tsagarakis N., Van Damme M., Van Ham R., Visser L., Wolf S.
Best Jubilee Video Award