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I’ve obtained my PhD in physics in 2008 in Genova (Italy) working on an experiment on antimatter.
I’ve worked in several laboratories (Genova, Heidelberg, CERN), obtaining in this years an advanced knowledge in electronics (from the design up to the physical realization and test of the device), PCB design and FPGA programming in VHDL.
I’m an expert in the use of Labview, Labview RT, National instrument devices and data acquisition hardware/software in general. I’ve good knowledge in programming in C, even if my favoured kind of work is with Hardware.
I'm currently employed in IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) where I work in a project on Industrial robotics as responsible for the hardware and control system of robotic grippers to be used in automotive.


Ansaldo Energia - Pricipal Investigator - Crawler robot for power generator inspection

AVIO Assembly and Inspection




Selected Publications

Theoretical and Kinematic Solution of High Reconfigurable Grasping for Industrial Manufacturing, Fei Chen , Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Amit Eytan, Aldo Bottero and Darwin Caldwell, in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, 2013. Robio2013. IEEE, 2013, pp. 734-739.

 Design of an Industrial Robotic Gripper for Precise Twisting and Positioning in High-Speed Assembly, Ferdinando Cannella, Fei Chen, Carlo Canali, Amit Eytan, Aldo Bottero and Darwin Caldwell, in IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, 2013. SII2013. IEEE, 2013, pp. 443-448.

Particle tracking at 4 K: The Fast Annihilation Cryogenic Tracking (FACT) detector for the AEgIS antimatter gravity experiment J. Storey, C. Canali, et al. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment 732 (2013) 437-441

Prospects for measuring the gravitational free-fall of antihydrogen with emulsion detectorsAEgIS Collaboration, Journal of Instrumentation 06/2013; 8(08).

Developmentofnuclearemulsionswith1 μm spatial resolution for the AEgIS experiment NuclearInstrumentsandMethodsinPhysicsResearch A (in Press, 2013) 

Exploring the WEP with a pulsed cold beam of antihydrogenClassical and Quantum Gravity 01/2012; 29(18):184009

Further evidence for low-energy protonium production in vacuum Eur. Phys. J. Plus (2012) 127: 124

Off-axial plasma displacement suitable for antihydrogen production in AEgIS experiment C. Canali, C. Carraro, D. Krasnicky, V. Lagomarsino, L. Di Noto, G. Testera and S. Zavatarelli Eur. Phys. J. D 65, 499–504 (2011)

Particle manipulation techniques in AEgIS C. Canali, C. Carraro, L. Di Noto, D. Krasnicky, V. Lagomarsino, G. Testera, S. Zavatarelli Hyperfine Interactions 04/2012; 199(1):49-57. DOI:10.1007/s10751-011-0300-1 

First optical hyperfine structure measurement in an atomic anion. A Fischer, C Canali, U Warring, A Kellerbauer, S Fritzsche Physical review letters. 02/2010; 104(7):073004

High-resolution laser spectroscopy on the negative osmium ion. U. Warring, M Amoretti, C Canali, A. Fischer, R. Heyne, J. O. Meier, Ch Morhard, A Kellerbauer Physical review letters. 02/2009; 102(4):043001.

Proposed antimatter gravity measurement with an antihydrogen beam AEgIS Collaboration Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 266 (2008) 351–356 NIMB

Temporally controlled modulation of antihydrogen production and the temperature scaling of antiproton-positron recombination. ATHENA Collaboration Physical review letters. 09/2008; 101(5):053401.

Proposal for the AEGIS experiment at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator (Antimatter Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy). AEgIS Collaboration CERN-SPSC-2007-017, CERN-SPSC-P-334, Jun 2007. 125pp.

Positron plasma control techniques for the production of cold antihydrogen ATHENA Collaboration Phys. Rev. A 76, 012713 (2007)

Storage of an electron plasma in a sextupole radial anti-hydrogen trap. M. Amoretti, C. Canali, C. Carraro, M. Doser, V. Lagomarsino, G. Manuzio, G. Testera, S. Zavatarelli Physics Letters A 360 (2006) 141–148

Search for laser-induced formation of antihydrogen atoms. ATHENA Collaboration. 2006. 4pp. Phys.Rev.Lett.97:213401,2006.

Sideband cooling of ions in a non-neutral buffer gas ATHENA Collaboration Phys. Rev. A 73, 062508 (2006)

Progress with cold antihydrogen. ATHENA Collaboration 2006. 5pp. Nucl. Instrum. Meth.B247:133-137,2006.

Centrifugal separation of ions and an oppositely charged non neutral plasma Amoretti, M.; Canali, C.; Carraro, C.; Lagomarsino, V.; Odino, A.; Testera, G. Zavatarelli, S. Phys. Plasmas. 13, 012308 (2006)

New Source of Dense, Cryogenic Positron Plasmas ATHENA Collaboration Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 025002 (2005)

Antihydrogen production mechanisms in ATHENA. ATHENA Collaboration Nucl.Phys.A752:97-100,2005.

Antihydrogen production temperature dependence. ATHENA Collaboration 2004. 9pp. Phys.Lett.B583:59-67,2004. 


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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.

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.