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Laura Margheri

Post Doc

Research Line

Bioinspired Soft Robotics

Center

CMBR@SSSA Pisa

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About

Laura Margheri works for the Bioinspired Soft Robotics research line at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, under the coordination of Dr. Barbara Mazzolai. 

Professional skills

  • Multi-disciplinary scientific and technological expertise in Bioinspired Soft Robotics: bioinspired robotic design, biomechanical modelling, biology, soft and smart material science
  • 10-year experience in research and management activities within national and international projects, working with mechanical engineers, control engineers, bioengineers, biologists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, architects, material scientists, and industrial representatives
  • Research proposals writing, with expertise in European, national and regional funding programmes 
  • Scientific community building and development of national and international scientific partnerships
  • Organization of scientific events, scientific publications and science writing

Short biography

With a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with Honours) and a PhD in BioRobotics (with Honours), Dr. Margheri has a research expertise in soft robotics and bioinspired robotics, soft and smart materials, 3D analysis and biomechanical modelling. Technical skills are combined with a pluri-annual experience in research programme management and project proposals management, including organization and planning of R&D activities, coordination of multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary partnerships, writing of new grant proposals, scientific networking and dissemination. Before joining the IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Dr. Margheri has been Programme Manager and Knowledge Transfer Fellow at Imperial College London, for the Aerial Robotics Lab (2016-2018), and Post Doc, project manager and scientific secretariat, at the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (2012-2016). She has worked and collaborated with roboticists, biologists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, architects, material scientists, earth science engineers, industrial researchers, business managers and politicians, acting also as a bridge between different disciplines and cultures. She has worked as bioengineer and scientific manager for large projects and networks in the fields of biorobotics and soft robotics (including the EU-funded ICT FET ProActive Project OCTOPUS and the FET Open Coordination Action RoboSoft), and has contributed to the institution of new joint laboratories, academia-industry networks and centre of excellence in robotics (at Imperial College). She has organized several international events in robotics, including project meetings, workshops and special sessions at international conferences, exhibitions, and Summer Schools. Thanks to her roles and activities, Dr. Margheri is well known in the international community of robotics, with a large network of links across academia, industry, government and press sectors. Dr. Margheri is also an active member of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS), for which she has been Student Member of the Administrative Committee (2012-2013), Chair of the Students Activities Committee (2012-2013), and Chair of the Women In Engineering Committee (2014-2015, 2016-2017). She is also member of the IEEE Women in Engineering Society and is part of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. In 2018, she has been nominated among the worldwide “25 women in robotics you need to know about” by RoboHub.

Interests

Bioinspired Soft Robotics

Selected Publications

On Soft Robotics

  • Laschi C., Rossiter J., Iida F., Cianchetti M., Margheri L. - Editors (2016) Soft Robotics: Trends, Applications and Challenges: Proceedings of the Soft Robotics Week, April 25-30, 2016, Livorno, Italy Springer
  • Margheri L., Trimmer B. (2015) Soft Robotics Community Events: Meeting Different Backgrounds for Common Challenges, Soft Robotics 1 (4), 236-238
  • Mazzolai B., Margheri L., Dario P., Laschi C. (2013) Measurements of octopus arm elongation: Evidence of differences by body size and gender, Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology, vol. 447, pp. 160–164
  • Mazzolai B., Margheri L., Cianchetti M., Dario P., Laschi C. (2012) Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. II. From artificial requirements to innovative technological solutions. Bioinspir. Biomim.7 (2):025005
  • Margheri L., Laschi C., Mazzolai B. (2012) Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. I. From biological functions to artificial requirements. Bioinspir. Biomim. 7 (2):025004
  • Margheri L., Ponte G., Mazzolai B., Laschi C., Fiorito G. (2011) Non invasive study of the Octopus vulgarisarm morphology using ultrasound. J. Exp. Biol.214, 3727-3731

On Women In Engineering

  • Margheri L. (2018) Inspiration and Independence, [Women In Engineering], Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE 25 (1)
  • Margheri L. (2016) Il nuovo petrolio è l’ingegneria vista al femminile. QN – Quotidiano Nazionale, Il piacere della lettura, Anno 1, numero 5, 22 maggio 2016
  • Margheri L. (2015) Funding Robotics Projects: An Interview with Cecile Huet, Deputy Head of the European Commission Robotics Unit [Women in Engineering], Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE 22 (3), 185-186
  • Margheri L. (2014) Le “donne- ingegnere” e la leadership al femminile, Il Sole 24 Ore, Commenti & Inchieste, N.147, pag. 20, 31/05/2014

Awards

 

  • 2018 RoboHub 25 women in robotics you need to know about
  • 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014) Pecha Kucha Finalist "Exploring Soft Robots: RoboSoft Community Tales" 
  • 2011 Award Comitato Studi EuroCeph Margheri L., Mazzolai B., Dario P., Laschi C. "A bioengineering approach for in vivo measurements of the octopus arms" 

 

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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.