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Massimo Totaro

Senior Technician
Senior Technician
Soft BioRobotics Perception
Research center

I am a Senior Technician at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in the Soft BioRobotics Perception group. I have over 10 years of research experience, with accomplished scientific competences, spanning from nano/micro scale electronic devices to milli/macro scale soft systems for tactile sensing in robotics and wearable applications.

In 2010, I received my Ph.D. in Information Engineering, with a thesis on the modeling and the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices based on AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures. From 2010 to 2012 I was a Post-Doc at University of Pisa, working on novel nanostructures for electronic, sensing, and energy harvesting applications. 

In 2012, I joined IIT as a Post-Doc, focusing on bioinspired tactile sensing for soft robotics and wearables. Since my Ph.D, I always pursued to combine both theoretical/modeling and experimental research activities. I gained experience in numerical techniques and FEM tools (i.e COMSOL Multiphysics) as well as in fabrication methods at different scales (from nano to macro), and in characterization and measurement of electronic devices and soft systems. 

I have experience in National and International Research Projects, contributing to the writing of proposal, technical reports, deliverables, and performing experimental tasks. Currently, I am involved in FET-Open PROBOSCIS (H2020-FETOPEN-2019-01 n. 863212), coordinated by Dr. Lucia Beccai.  

In parallel to my research, I have also experience in teaching activity, and tutoring of bachelor/master and Ph.D students.

I authored or co-authored 50+ peer reviewed publications, including articles, book chapters, and international conference proceedings. I am member of the IEEE-RAS (Robotics and Automation Society), and IEEE-EDS (Electronic Devices Society). IEEE Nanotechnology Council, and IEEE Sensors Council.


Title: M. Sc. Electronic Engineering
Institute: Università di Pisa
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 2000 To: 2006

Title: Ph.D. Information Engineering
Institute: Università di Pisa
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2010

All Publications
Sachyani Keneth E., Kamyshny A., Totaro M., Beccai L., Magdassi S.
3D Printing Materials for Soft Robotics
Advanced Materials
Review Journal
Totaro M., Bernardeschi I., Wang H., Beccai L.
Analysis and optimization of fully foam-based capacitive sensors
2020 3rd IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft 2020, pp. 470-475
Conference Paper Conference
Wang H., Totaro M., Veerapandian S., Ilyas M., Kong M., Jeong U., Beccai L.
Folding and Bending Planar Coils for Highly Precise Soft Angle Sensing
Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 5, (no. 11)
Article Journal
Lo Preti M., Totaro M., Falotico E., Beccai L.
Optical-based soft technologies for artificial tactile sensing
Electronic Skin: Sensors and Systems
Book Chapter Book Series
Sadeghi A., Mondini A., Totaro M., Mazzolai B., Beccai L.
A Wearable Sensory Textile-Based Clutch with High Blocking Force
Advanced Engineering Materials, vol. 21, (no. 11)
Article Journal