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Francesca Tramacere

Post Doc

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Bioinspired Soft Robotics




via Rinaldo Piaggio, 34
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Francesca Tramacere received her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Pisa, in December 2009. In January 2013, she obtained her Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics (with honors) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa with a thesis on the study and analysis of adhesion mechanisms in nature for the development of innovative bioinspired adhesion devices. In 2012, she spent a period as a visiting researcher at the University of Kiel (Germany) collaborating with Pr. Stanislav Gorb. Since 2013, she is a Post-Doc at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Micro-BioRobotics (Pontedera). Her research interests are mainly related to robotic solutions inspired by biological systems. She was and still is the tutor of several Ph.D. students with different backgrounds (engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and biotechnologists). In 2017-18, she was the project manager of an industrial project (details reserved) aimed at the design and development of a robotic solution for harsh environments. She has noteworthy experience in the synthesis and analysis of scientific results and in making presentations for both scientific and not-specialized public. She acts as a reviewer for several international journals in the robotic and biological field.
She is currently the project manager of GrowBot, European project in the framework Horizon 2020 aimed at the development of robotic technologies inspired by climbing plants.


[GrowBot] (FETPROACT-01-2018, H2020-FETPROACT-2018-2020, Grant agreement no. 824074) - acting as project manager

[Industrial project] (details reserved) -  acting as project manager

[RoboCom++] (H2020-FLAG-ERA with Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) - acting as Post Doc

[Plantoid] (FET-Open, FP7-ICT-2011-C, Grant agreement no. 293431) - acting as Post Doc

[Biological Adhesives: from Biology to Biomimetics] (COST Action TD0906) - acting as Post Doc


Living Machines Award for Best Demonstration
Octopus-inspired innovative suction cups
Living Machines 2013: The 2nd International Conference on Biomimetics and Biohybrid System, 29th July - 2nd August 2013, Natural History Museum, London.

Best interactive presentation
Octopus-inspired Technologies for Grasping and Manipulation Tasks
1st Italian Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Machines, 19th - 20th October 2020, Rome.


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