Ferdinando Cannella received his first PhD (University of Padua) in 2002 in “Mechanical Measurement applied to Engineering” with Thesis “Optical Measurement of strain: Application on Timing Belt” and his second PhD (Polytechnic University of Marche) in 2006 in “Mechanical Engineering” with Thesis “Stiffness Modelling and Kinematic Analysis of Carton Handling and Manipulation with a Reconfigurable Mechanism using Numerical Simulation”. From January 2005 he has been working at King’s College of London, University of London as Post-doctor Visiting Researcher in the ARCHAPS (Automatic Reconfigurable Confectionary Handling and Packaging System) project. The aim of this collaboration is to improve the knowledge in carton crease behavior and folding reconfigurable mechanisms.
He joined on 2008 to Advanced Robotics Department lead by Prof. Darwin Caldwell at the Italian Institute of Technology and from October 2010 he worked as a Team Leader at the IIT: the topic is the Flexible Multi-Body Simulations applied to the development of Robot Manipulators, Packaging and Biomedical Devices.
From 2015 to 2019 he has been responsible for the Advanced Industrial Automation Laboratory and he is head of the Industrial Robotics Unit, with which he has participated various European projects such as Autorecon, WearHap, EuroC++, SoftManBot and industrial projects with partners as GE Avio, Ansaldo, Tetra Pak, NovaCart, Camozzi, Fameccanica, etc.
He has published over 100 papers, 3 patents and granted about 3 challenges in industrial robotics. He is reviewer of several magazines of Mechanics and Robotics as well as Member of IEEE and ASME.
He is currently also responsible for the Robotics Macro-node within ARTES 4.0 Competence Center, member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the START 4.0 Competence Center and of DIH Liguria.
His research is on investigation and development new reconfigurable grippers, manipulators, packaging mechanisms exploiting the bio-inspiration models supported by his significant experience in using Computer-Aided Engineering tools for Co-Simulation (Multi-body, Finite Element, Control and Optimization Tools).
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Industrial Robotic Unit (URI)
The Industrial Robotics Unit (URI) former (Advanced Industrial Automation Lab, founded in 2015 within the Department of Advanced Robotics) aims to develop new robotics and automation solutions following the new needs of industrial robotics. That means to answer to the growing transfer technology requests within Italian Institute of Technology as well as to meet the growing demand of companies.
To achieve this goal, URI has a double soul that are fused within a single group:
For this purpose, the CAE is main environment where the URI technologies are developed, both for having a common environment between companies and researchers and to work with other supporter companies for increase the final prototypes TRL.
At the moment, URI has accomplished or it is carrying on several projects with industries such as GE Avio Group, Fameccanica, Tetra Pak, Ansaldo Energia, Novacart, Camozzi, etc. both European and National projects such as Autorecon, WearHap, EuroC, SoftManBot, IRCRAM 4.0, etc.
Last, but not least, URI is part of the ARTES 4.0 and START 4.0 Competence Centres and claims 3 patents and 3 under process; it has also granted of 3 industrial robotics challenges and several national and international awards.
2020 Selected for the Final Examination, World Robotic Summit 2020 - Industrial Robotics Category Challenge, (date to be re-scheduled cause of COVID-19 outbreak), Aichi and Fukushima Prefectures (Japan)
2018 3rd Place, “IROS 2018 Fan Robotic Challenge”, October, 1-5, Madrid, Spain (1k€)
2017 1st Place, “Grant4Tech Challenge”, 17th May, Berlin, Germany (40k€)
2017 The PhD thesis of Maria Laura D’Angelo (IIT) subject “Study of Fingertip Tactile Sensitivity and Mechanical Properties Correlation” has been awarded with Premio Tesi di Dottorato Dario Scapaticci 2017. The announcement took place during the “2017 Mesap conference”, 6 July 2017, Turin.
2016 Best Application “Aerospace and Defense” Award – National Instruments Engineering Impact Awards 2016
2015 World Haptics Student Challenge, “Student Innovation Challenge 2015” held to NorthWestern University, Evanston, IL (USA) from 22nd to 27th of June
2015 Best Poster Award – International Conference in Computer Aided Engineering. Pacengo del Garda (VR), Italy