Project Info

Project Description

29 september 2018
17.00 – 21.00
Universitary Campus Le Benedettine (Aula 75)


Real progress is what puts technology in everyone’s hands
[Henry Ford]

This famous phrase has accompanied us throughout the last century, giving rise to the technological revolution that has brought in our lives, cars, smartphones, computers, increasingly advanced appliances and at increasingly affordable costs. Transferring this concept also in the assisitive / rehabilitative field represents today one of the most important challenges for the world of scientific research. This point of view is even more sensitive if we think of devices such as upper limb prostheses. Devices that are not just tools of daily life, but, ideally, real extensions of the user’s body. All this motivates the need to realize not only new and better performing technological solutions, but also to make these solutions accessible and functional to real needs. To date, most prostheses of daily use – especially of the hand and upper limb – are either purely aesthetic and / or extremely simple, while the most advanced robotic devices are very expensive, fragile and not sufficiently intuitive for continuous and prolonged use. . These characteristics still represent a strong limit to their diffusion. The modern challenge of scientific research is therefore to develop systems that can be easy to use, robust, effective and not excessively expensive, while at the same time trying to push the technological limits further up to the possibility of recreating, and then try to “give back” , the sense of touch to users. In order to achieve these ambitious objectives, the modeling and understanding of the sensor-motor language of the human body and its correct translation into an artificial body represent the basis of study on which numerous research groups are focusing all over the world. In this workshop we will present the recent developments that have been made in this direction at the Piaggio Center of the University of Pisa, the Italian Institute of Technology, and the Sant’Anna High School, centers of international excellence in the field of scientific research on hands artificial. During the course of the program it will also be given the opportunity to “touch” these technologies, which we hope will soon improve people’s lives, becoming an integral part of their daily life.



Matteo Bianchi, E. Piaggio Center, University of Pisa
Manuel Catalano, E. Piaggio Center, University of Pisa

CyberProsthetics: towards a new generation of artificial hands
Bicchi, University of Pisa
Upper limb prostheses: from advanced research to the real world
M.G. Catalano, University of Pisa
New technological frontiers for the intuitive control of artificial hands
Piazza, University of Pisa

The quest for a bionic hand: recent achievements and future perspectives
Micera, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa

Myocinetic approach for the natural control of artificial dentures
Tarantino, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa

Aptica wearable: sensory return in hand prostheses
Matteo Bianchi, University of Pisa

Measure manipulation: sensors for human and robotic hands
Battle, University of Pisa

Prosthetics and Clinic. The role of the USL Toscana northwest in the H2020 project “SoftPro”
Fiaschi, USL North-West Tuscany

Between Art and Science. Design of artificial hands
Fossati, Italian Institute of Technology Foundation

Live Demo and Hands on advanced prosthetic devices



Battaglia, “E. Piaggio” Research Center – University of Pisa
Matteo Bianchi, Professor at the “E. Piaggio” Research Center – University of Pisa
Bicchi, “E. Piaggio” Research Center, University of Pisa and Italian Institute of Technology Foundation
M.G. Catalano, Researcher, Italian Institute of Technology Foundation and Research Center “E. Piaggio” – University of Pisa
Fiaschi, USL North-West Tuscany
Fossati Foundation Italian Institute of Technology
Micera, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa
Piazza, Research Center “E. Piaggio” – University of Pisa
Tarantino, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa