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Edoardo Sinibaldi

Chief Technician

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Bioinspired Soft Robotics




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Edoardo Sinibaldi received a BSc/MSc in Aerospace Engineering (with Honors) from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2002, after an internship period at Rolls-Royce plc (Derby, UK) during which he studied computational geometry methods for air-breathing engines applications. In 2006 he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics for Technology and Industry (with Honors) from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, where he developed numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics, with application to cavitating flows in liquid propellant rocket engines. Then he moved to Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa (The BioRobotics Institute), holding a post-doctoral position until October 2009. During the period, he was strongly involved in competitive fundraising and project technical management (national and European projects in the ICT and MNP areas).

He is with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) since November 2009, formerly as Senior Post-Doc then Researcher at the IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics. Since January 2019 he holds a permanent position as Chief Technician. His activity bridges modeling (at large, and in particular for biomedical applications), model-based design (in particular for flexible tools) and bioinspired soft robotics (at large, and in particular bioinspired actuation).

Since 2017 he also holds two national scientific qualifications as Associate Professor, namely for Bioengineering and Applied Mechanics.

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Selected Publications

<Research publications and communications, as retrieved from the IIT database, are listed below; I beg to also mention the following complementary items:>


  • J. D'Abbraccio, L. Massari, C.M. Oddo, E. Palermo, E. Schena, E. Sinibaldi, G. Terruso and M. Zaltieri. “A tactile sensor device”
    Italian application IT102019000003657, filed on March 13, 2019
    Subject: sensorized artificial skin for prosthetics and collaborative robotics applications
  • E. Sinibaldi, Y. Huan, A. Menciassi and B. Mazzolai. “Adaptively morphing surgical grasper”
    International application PCT/IB2019/050621, filed on January 25, 2019. Extension of the Italian application IT102018000002432, filed on February 6, 2018
    Subject: compliant surgical grasper for effective and safe interaction with tissue
  • E. Sinibaldi, B. Kang and R. Kojcev, “A shape-keeping deployable structure including a pair of robotic systems of the continuum type”
    European Patent EP 3288438 granted on February 27, 2019; national phase entered for the following Contracting States: IT, DE, FR, GB. International application PCT/IB2016/052396, filed on April 27, 2016. Extension of the Italian application TO2015A000233, filed on April 27, 2015
    Subject: the first flexible tool (interlaced continuum robot) that can be deployed over a chosen trajectory with the whole body, without using auxiliary supports (intrinsic “follow-the-leader” capability)
  • V. Pensabene, E. Sinibaldi, A. Menciassi, P. Dario, C. Quaglia and P. Valdastri, “Capsule for local therapy by means of an endoluminal plaster in the gastrointestinal tract”
    International application PCT/IB2012/054239, filed on August 22, 2012. Extension of the Italian application FI2011A000185, filed on August 3, 2011
    Subject: robotic capsule for releasing patches in the gastro-intestinal tract

Popular Science Books and Articles

  • [book (in Italian)] E. Sinibaldi (Ed.), “Il Fibonacci – Breve viaggio fra curiosità matematiche”, Unione Matematica Italiana, 2011, reprint 2019 (ISBN: 978-88-9633-605-2)
    Authors: M. Barsanti, R. Dvornicich, M. Forti, T. Franzoni, M. Gobbino, S.Mortola and E. Sinibaldi
    Illustrators: V. Mattoli and E. Sinibaldi
    This book presents math gems, puzzles, and problems originally conceived by the Italian mathematician Franco Conti (and colleagues) for the final session of the Italian Mathematical Olympiad. All problems are solved; relevant points are discussed (more details at:
  • [invited; scientific magazine article (in Italian)] E. Sinibaldi, “Il Fibonacci – Breve viaggio fra curiosità matematiche”. Archimede 2011(3), pp. 115-119, 2011


  • [2019/01] Research Highlight in Nature (“A robotic vine that can coil itself around the real thing”; for the following paper:
    I. Must, E. Sinibaldi* and B. Mazzolai*, “A variable-stiffness tendril-like soft robot based on reversible osmotic actuation”. Nature Communications 10(1), 344 (8 pages), 2019 (* corresponding)
  • [2018/09] Frontispiece of Advanced Science for the following paper:
    V. Iacovacci*, L. Ricotti, E. Sinibaldi*, G. Signore, F. Vistoli and A. Menciassi, “An intravascular magnetic catheter enables the retrieval of nanoagents from the bloodstream”. Advanced Science, 5, 1800807 (8 pages), 2018 (* corresponding)
  • [2018/02] Inside Front Cover of Small 6/2018 [DOI: 10.1002/smll.201870024] for the following paper:
    A. Marino*, O. Tricinci*, M. Battaglini, C. Filippeschi, V. Mattoli, E. Sinibaldi* and G. Ciofani*, “A 3D real-scale, biomimetic and biohybrid model of the blood-brain barrier fabricated through two-photon lithography”. Small, 14(6), 1870024 (1 page), 2018 (* corresponding)
    Also highlighted in the European Research Council (ERC) Annual Report on activities and achievements in 2018
  • [2015/03] Front Cover of Advanced Materials 10/2015 [DOI: 10.1002/adma.201570065] for the following paper:
    S. Taccola, F. Greco, E. Sinibaldi, A. Mondini, B. Mazzolai and V. Mattoli, “Soft Actuators: Toward a New Generation of Electrically Controllable Hygromorphic Soft Actuators (Adv. Mater. 10/2015)” Advanced Materials, 27(10), pp. 1637-1637, 2015
  • [2012/05] Finalist (top 5) for the “Best Medical Robotics Paper Award” (hundreds of submissions) at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2012, St. Paul, Mn, USA, 14-18 May 2012) for the following paper:
    M. Khorami Llewellyn, P. Dario, A. Menciassi and E. Sinibaldi, “Magnetic Dragging of Vascular Obstructions by Means of Electrostatic and Antibody Binding”, Proceedings of ICRA2012, pp. 2504-2509, 2012
  • [2012/07] “2012 TMECH Best Paper Award” (best paper published during 2011 on the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics journal) for the following paper:
    B. Mazzolai, A. Mondini, P. Corradi, C. Laschi, V. Mattoli, E. Sinibaldi and P. Dario, “A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots”, IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics 16(2), pp. 201-212, 2011
  • [2002/11] Winner (mark: 9.5/10, ranked first) of a PhD position in Mathematics for Technology and Industry, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
  • [2002/11] Winner (mark: 89/100, ranked first) of a PhD position in Aerospace Engineering at University of Pisa (I renounced the position in favor of that one at Scuola Normale Superiore)


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