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Matteo Laffranchi

Coordinator of Robotics
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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab
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Matteo Laffranchi is Coordinator of Robotics at Rehab Technologies Lab, IIT. His main works focus on the development of novel mechatronic systems for robotic applications.

He received a Master's Degree in mechatronic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2006 and a PhD in robotics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2011. Following a brief experience in the automation industry at OSAI A. S., in the period 2008-2011 he has been Research Fellow and Post-Doc researcher from 2011 to 2014 at the department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology. At ADVR, he spent 6 years developing compliant actuation systems for robotics and robots (CompAct actuators, CompAct arm) for safe physical human-robot interaction. 

Since 2014, he works at Rehab Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, with specific focus on the development of novel healthcare robots, particularly robotic prostheses and exoskeletons (Hannes, Pro-Leg, Twin, Float). He now manages the activities related to robotics research and product development within the lab starting from 2016.

Along with research and development, he is also involved in technology transfer activities and in entrepreneurial projects to bring the developed technology to the medical and industrial robotics industries since 2012.

Experience External

Title: Mechatronic Engineer
Institute: Osai AS
Location: Parella (TO)
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2008

Top Publications
2014
Laffranchi M., Chen L., Kashiri N., Lee J., Tsagarakis N.G., Caldwell D.G.
Development and control of a series elastic actuator equipped with a semi active friction damper for human friendly robots
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 62, (no. 12), pp. 1827-1836
Article Journal
2013
Laffranchi M., Tsagarakis N.G., Caldwell D.G.
CompAct™ arm: A compliant manipulator with intrinsic variable physical damping
Robotics: Science and Systems, vol. 8, pp. 225-232
Conference Paper Conference
2013
Vanderborght B., Albu-Schaeffer A., Bicchi A., Burdet E., Caldwell D.G., Carloni R., Catalano M., Eiberger O., Friedl W., Ganesh G., Garabini M., Grebenstein M., Grioli G., Haddadin S., Hoppner H., Jafari A., Laffranchi M., Lefeber D., Petit F., Stramigioli S., Tsagarakis N., Van Damme M., Van Ham R., Visser L.C., Wolf S.
Variable impedance actuators: A review
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 61, (no. 12), pp. 1601-1614
All Publications
2023
Marinelli A., Boccardo N., Tessari F., Di Domenico D., Caserta G., Canepa M., Gini G., Barresi G., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L., Semprini M.
Active upper limb prostheses: a review on current state and upcoming breakthroughs
Progress in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 5, (no. 1)
2023
Driessen J.J.M., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
A reduced-order closed-loop hybrid dynamic model for design and development of lower limb prostheses
Wearable Technologies, vol. 4
Article Journal
2023
Tessari F., Galluzzi R., Tonoli A., Amati N., De Michieli L., Laffranchi M.
Knee prosthesis powered by a fully integrated and highly back-drivable electro-hydrostatic actuator
Mechatronics, vol. 91
Article Journal
2023
Hernandez N.V.G., Buccelli S., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Mixed Reality-based Exergames for Upper Limb Robotic Rehabilitation
ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 447-451
Conference Paper Conference
2023
Bruni G., Marinelli A., Bucchieri A., Boccardo N., Caserta G., Di Domenico D., Barresi G., Florio A., Canepa M., Tessari F., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Object stiffness recognition and vibratory feedback without ad-hoc sensing on the Hannes prosthesis: A machine learning approach
Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 17
Awards and Achievements
2022
Maludrottu S., Laffranchi M., Vassallo C., Vaccaro R., De Michieli L.
iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 - Twin Exoskeleton
2021
Laffranchi M., Traverso S., Vaccaro R., Maludrottu S., Poli F., De Bartolomeis L., Diamanti G., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Good Design
2020
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Lince A., Semprini M., Saglia J.A., Naceri A., Sacchetti R., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Compasso d'oro
2020
Laffranchi M.
Robotics 2020 Young Investigator Award
2020
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Lince A., Semprini M., Saglia J.A., Naceri A., Sacchetti R., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
XXVI Compasso d'oro