Paolo Dario is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy.
He received his Dr. Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1977 and pursued postgraduate education with fellowships from the University of Pisa and from the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). He completed his graduate and postgraduate education and training as a research associate at Brown University, Providence, RI, and at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
Today, Paolo Dario is the Coordinator of the PhD Program in BioRobotics at SSSA, currently enrolling 92 PhD students.
Since 1987 Paolo Dario teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Biomedical Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and Medical Robotics in the Course on Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa. In 1991 Paolo Dario started a new course in Mechatronics at the Schol of Engineering in Pisa, and he taught this course till 2000.
Paolo Dario is Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, and Tianjin University, China. He has been Visiting Professor and Researcher at Brown University, at the Collège de France and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France, at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. He is Fellow of the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Paolo Dario is the Founding Coordinator of the Center of Micro-BioRobotics@SSSA of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and he is currently Senior Scientist of IIT. He has been and is the coordinator of more than 60 European projects, of more than 50 national projects, and of more than 50 industrial projects.
Paolo Dario is the editor of two books on the subject of robotics, and the author of more than 500 scientific papers (250 on ISI journals).
Paolo Dario is an IEEE Fellow, and he has served as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in the years 2002-2003, as Co-Chair of the Technical Committees on Bio-robotics and of Robo-ethics of the same Society. Prof. Dario is a Fellow of the European Society on Medical and Biological Engineering, a member of the Board of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR), and he has also served as Vice-President of the International Society for Gerontechnology.
Paolo Dario is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), and a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Filarete Foundation in Milan, Italy, a business accelerator for the development of biotechnology research.
Paolo Dario has served two terms (2008-2010) as Member of the ISTAG (IST Advisory Group) of the European Union.
Since 2010 Paolo Dario is a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Robotics and Smart Devices of the World Economic Forum.
• Research Interests:
Paolo Dario’s main field of interest is biorobotics, a frontier research area that combines bio-inspiration and bio-application. Paolo Dario has been and is working on theoretical models, design methods, precision technologies (including micro, nano and bio) for fabrication of novel components and integrated systems, machines and robots, and on the application of such systems to different fields, including (micro) endoscopic and endoluminal surgery, rehabilitation and assistance to disabled and elderly people, and humanoid robotics.
Paolo Dario has contributed to the foundation of such new fields as micro and biomechatronics, and to the fields of biorobotics and “neuro-robotics”, frontier research areas whose ultimate goals are to integrate biology and neuroscience with robotics, and to educate the kernel of a new generation of engineers, able to combine solid engineering capabilities, with curiosity and imagination, and with the ability to incorporate in their engineering skills interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge.
• Teaching Activities:
- Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Course on Medical Robotics;
- Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, PhD Programme in BioRobotics;
- University of Pisa, School of Biomedical Engineering, Course on Medical Robotics, credits: 12;
- Founder and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in “Biorobotics Science and Engineering”, IMT (Istituzioni Mercati Tecnologie), Lucca (years 2005-2008).
• Academic Responsabilities at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna:
- Director of the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pontedera, Italy;
- Director of Polo Sant’Anna Valdera, the Science Park of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pontedera (Pisa);
- Member of academic committees for evaluation of candidates and graduations;
- Supervisor of 85 PhD students in Biorobotics, Biomedical Engineering, Micro-Systems;
- Founder and Coordinator of the RoboCasa and the Robot-An joint Labs of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Founder and Coordinator of the KIST-SSSA Joint Laboratory on Bio-Robotics at KIST (Korean Institute of Science and Technology), Seoul, Korea.
• National and International Research Projects:
- Coordinator of many scientific projects, funded by National and International Agencies, and by private companies (currently coordinator or partner of more than 20 European Research Projects);
- Founder of 6 start-up companies.
• Editorial Activities:
- Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Micro-Nano Mechatronics;
- Associate Editor of important international journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation;
- Member of the Editorial Board of IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems;
- Member of the Editorial Board of Autonomous Robots;
- Member of the Editorial Board of Biomedical Devices;
- Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics;
- Member of the Editorial Board of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics;
- Member of the Advisory Board of Advanced Robotics;
- Member of the Honorary Editorial Board of International Journal of Information Acquisition.
- Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Micro Bio Robotics;
- Member of the Editorial Board of Springer Handbook of Robotics.
• Main Awards and Honors:
- 1996:”Engelberger Robotics Award”, for merits in Biomedical Robotics. Annual award assigned by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.. The motivation was: “Professor Dario is one of the world’s leading pioneers in tactile sensing and artificial perception for robots. For the past several years, he has played a key role in the conception and scientific coordination of large national and international research projects, which are leading to the development of complex robotic systems for medical applications of robotics”;
- 2002: “Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana” awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy;
- 2003: IEEE Fellow for the scientific contribution to biomedical robotics;
- 2003: Recipient of the ”Gonfalone d’Argento” awarded by the Board of the “Regione Toscana”;
- 2005: Well-Tech Award for the Cyberhand Project;
- 2007: Well-Tech Award for accessibility for the EMILOC Project;
- 2008: Eurosensors XXII Best paper Award;
- 2009: Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
Google Scholar – H-index: 54 Papers: 953 Citations (including self): 11831
Scopus – H-index: 38 Papers: 643 Citations (including self): 5968
Ten representative publications
1. Navarro, X., Krueger, T.B., Lago, N, Micera, S., Stieglitz, T., Dario, P. A critical review of interfaces with the peripheral nervous system for the control of neuroprostheses and hybrid bionic systems. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System 10(3), 229-258, 2005. Citations: 100
2. Moglia, A., Menciassi, A., Schurr, M.O., Dario, P. Wireless capsule endoscopy: From diagnostic devices to multipurpose robotic systems. Biomedical Microdevices 9(2), 235-243, 2007. Citations: 76
3. Zollo, L., Roccella, S., Guglielmelli, E., Carrozza, M.C., Dario, P. Biomechatronic design and control of an anthropomorphic artificial hand for prosthetic and robotic applications. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 12(4), 418-429, 2007. Citations: 76
4. Dario, P., Hannaford, B., Menciassi, A. Smart Surgical Tools and Augmenting Devices. IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation 19(5), 782-792, 2003. Citations: 77
5. Moglia, A., Menciassi, A., Dario, P., Cuschieri, A. Capsule endoscopy: Progress update and challenges ahead. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology 6(6), 353-361, 2009. Citations: 42
6. Quirini, M., Menciassi, A., Scapellato, S., Stefanini, C., Dario, P. Design and fabrication of a motor legged capsule for the active exploration of the gastrointestinal tract. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 13(2), 169-179, 2008. Citations: 33
7. Valdastri, P., Menciassi, A., Arena, A., Caccamo, C., Dario, P. An implantable telemetry platform system for in vivo monitoring of physiological parameters. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine 8(3), 271-278, 2004. Citations: 40
8. Beccai, L., Roccella, S., Ascari, L., Valdastri, P., Sieber, A., Carrozza, M.C., Dario, P. Development and experimental analysis of a soft compliant tactile microsensor for anthropomorphic artificial hand. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 13(2), 158-168, 2008. Citations: 31.
9. Valdastri, P., Webster III, R.J., Quaglia, C., Quirini, M., Menciassi, A., Dario, P. A new mechanism for mesoscale legged locomotion in compliant tubular environments. IEEE Transactions on Robotics 25(5), 1047-1057, 2009. Citations: 25
10. Menciassi, A., Moglia, A., Gorini, S., Pernorio, G., Stefanini, C., Dario, P. Shape memory alloy clamping devices of a capsule for monitoring tasks in the gastrointestinal tract. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 15(11), 2045-2055, 2005. Citations: 31.