Robot Companions for Citizens


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The main objective of the humanoid robotics is the study and the robotic implementation of neuroscientific models of sensory-motor coordination on humanoid platform. This has a twofold benefit: improving the performances of the robotic platform interacting with the real world and validating the neuroscientific models through a comparison between robot and biological system performances.

Further reading: Neuromorphological Computation Area



Assistive Robotics


The aim of the Assistive Robotics Lab is to study and develop ICT technologies and robotics solutions, respectively, able to provide assistance to elderly people in daily life.
In particular the studies carried out in the Ambient Assistied  Living field are investigating the creation of smart environments, based on new wireless sensor networks, able to monitor and assist elderly persons in activities of daily life and to support caregivers in their work.
Reseaches on Service Robotics are studying how robotic platforms could enhance AAL service system accomplishing physical tasks useful to help senior persons in daily life.

Research group:

  • Paolo Dario - Full Professor
  • Filippo Cavallo - Assistant Professor
  • Michela Aquilano - Post-Doc Research Assistant
  • Manuele Bonaccorsi, Laura Fiorini, Raffaele Limosani, Alessandro Manzi, Alessandra Moschetti - PhD Students
  • Giorgia Acerbi, Stefano Betti, Dario Esposito, Raffaele Esposito, Irene Mannari, Annagiulia Morachioli, Teresa Pagliai, Erika Rovini - Research Assistants


Active Grants

- OmniaRoboCare
- High Chest

Past Grants

- Alzheimer Mantova
- Parkinson




  • Roboethics
    Ethical, legal and social implications emerging from the interactions between robots and human beings.
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    "This new generation of robot Companions fully integrated in the society requires the mobilization of multidisciplinary scientific and technological excellence, the building of dedicated robotics research infrastructures, and the study of ethical, legal, social and economic implications."

    In particular, in Peccioli we have one of the three RIF (Robotics Innovation Facility) of the ECHORD++ project, who has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 601116 as part of the ECHORD++ (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development) project.

    The Robotics Innovation Facilities offer access to high-tech robotic equipment and expertise at zero risk. In addition the Peccioli RIF provides access to real and realistic environments to be used as testing beds to validate technological solutions. They can be seen as a racetrack for robots, in which you can develop/test/validate them.

    "The research area of Robot Companions for Citizens focus mainly, but not only, on the fields of: “Neurodevelopmental BioEngineering”, “Marine Robotics”, “Ethical, Legal, Social and Economic Issues of Robotics”, “Humanoid Robotics” and “Educational Robotics”, and it is correlated with the research laboratory on Assistive Robotics."



Marine robotics
Developing robots for marine applications: networks of autonomous robots for water monitoring (FP7 ENVIRONMENT HydroNet Project), robots for high-depth water monitoring (V-FIDES Project, supported by the Tuscany Region), underwater manipulation for maintenance of archaeological finds (COMAS Project, supported by the Calabria Region) and novel concepts of soft marine robots (PoseiDRONE Project, supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmi di Livorno).

Marine Robotics group:

  • Cecilia Laschi, Associate Professor
  • Giacomo Saviozzi, Research Assistant
  • Francesco Fornai, PhD Student
  • Francesco Bartaloni, Post-Doc Research Assistant
  • Nicola Di Lecce, PhD Student


Robotics and ART


The relationship between art and robotics is deeper than the mere depiction of machines, robots or cyborgs in literature and figurative arts. Since ancient times technology has played an important role in the creative process and in the realization of new forms of art. The wide world of performing arts is a case in point: from ancient Greek masks and Renaissance stage machineries, to automata and currently robotic performers. Likewise, the world of science and technology has progressed also thanks to the creative inputs and innovative visions of artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci or science-fiction novelists and filmmakers. The objective of this team is to promote the interaction between art and robotics since we believe that reciprocal benefits may originate from their interplay. We are involved in the organization of some events, such as RoboRama Uncanny Valley ICRA 2012 Workshop


Neurodevelopmental engineering


Neurodevelopmental engineering is a new interdisciplinary research area at the intersection of developmental neuroscience and biomedical engineering, mainly concerned with quantitative analysis and modeling of human behavior during neural development. The aim of this research is the development of novel mechatronic devices for ecological, unobtrusive assessment of infant development. These tools could help in assessing motor impoverishment or sensitivity to therapy, but also experimenting new therapeutic interventions.

Active Grants

- CareToy

Past Grants

- MechToy



Principal Investigators