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Virgilio Mattoli

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Bioinspired Soft Robotics




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Virgilio Mattoli received his Laurea degree in chemistry (with honours) from the University of Pisa and the Diploma in Chemistry from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 2000. In 2005 he received his PhD in bio-engineering (with honours) from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, with a thesis focused on the control and integration of miniaturized devices for environmental application. In 2004 he was visiting researcher at the University of Stanford, Center for Design Research, where he focused his activity on sensors and controls modules for biomimetic robotics applications. In 2005 and 2008 he was a short term visiting researcher at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) working on a bio-inspired mini-robot and on development of ultra-conformable polymeric films. From June 2008 to October 2009 he obtained a temporary position of Assistant Professor of bioengineer engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). From November 2009 to July 2015, he has been a Team Leader of the Smart Materials Platform in the Center for Micro-BioRobotics @SSSA of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. In August 2015, he obtained a position as Researcher Technologist at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics @SSSA.

His main research interests include: smart and bio-inspired materials, nanomaterials, ultra-thin polymeric films, thin film sensors, sensor conditioning, miniaturised acquisition system and biorobotics. He is currently involved in several research projects on these topics. He is author or co-author of about hundred twenty articles on ISI journals, of more than forty full papers published in peer-reviewed international conferences proceedings, of about twenty invited talks and of several deposited patents. 



Smart and bio-inspired materials Microfabrication Nanomaterials Conformable Electronics Tattoo electronics Thin film sensors Sensor conditioning Miniaturized acquisition systems Biorobotics


ICRA'07 Best Student Paper Award - S. Kim, M. Spenko, S. Trujillo, B. Heyneman, V. Mattoli, M. Cutkosky, “Whole body adhesion: hierarchical, directional and distributed control of adhesive forces for a climbing robot”. Proceedings of ICRA'07, the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 10-14 April 2007 , Rome, Italy – Also selected among the Finalists for the best paper award  (3 papers selected on about 800 papers)

RoBio 2007 Best Paper Award - F. Patanè, V. Mattoli, C. Laschi, B. Mazzolai and P. Dario, H. Ishii, A. Takanishi "Biomechatronic Design and Development of a Legged Rat Robot", Proceedings of RoBio 2007, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, 15-18 December, 2007 Sanya, China

2012 TMECH Best Paper Award - B. Mazzolai, A. Mondini, P. Corradi, C. Laschi, V. Mattoli, and P. Dario, “A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots”, IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics, vol 16(2), pp. 201-212, 2011

Winner of Beyond Science Photo Contest (2013) (first place) with the picture "Kanagawa - Oki Nami Ura, The great wave off Kanagawa (top view)"

EuroEAP 2013 Best Poster Award - S. Taccola, A. Zucca, F. Greco, B. Mazzolai, V. Mattoli, Electrically driven dry state actuators based on PEDOT:PSS nanofilms, EuroEAP 2013, International conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles, Duebendorf, 25-26 June, 2013

EuroEAP 2014 Best Poster Award - Taccola, F. Greco, A. Mondini, B. Mazzolai, V. Mattoli, Shaping and patterning of electrically driven soft PEDOT:PSS bilayer actuators, EuroEAP 2014, International conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles, Linköping, Sweden, 10-11 June 2014


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