The University of Genoa, is one of the largest universities in Italy and one of the oldest, founded in 1481. It counts about 40,000 students, 1,800 teaching and research staff and about 1,580 administrative staff. The Polytechnic School, organized in five Departments, is one of the largest research institutions in Italy with an interdepartmental cluster of laboratories in Robotics covering all relevant disciplines and expertise. The researchers involved in the project belong to two departments.
The Robotics Group of the Dept of Mechanical, Energy, Management and Transport Engineering DIME, a key laboratory of Robotics with 40 years background, covering all areas of task oriented design, prototyping and testing of robotic systems for industrial and civil applications. The group comprises nine members of staff and averagely seven doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. They have been partners or coordinators in EU projects in FP5, FP6, FP7, addressing all aspects of the life-cycle development, synthesis, analysis and design of task-oriented mechatronic and robotic systems, developed in several cases to high TRL and as turn-key systems for the industry. The competencies involved comprise the definition of theoretical methods; 3D parametric modelling, analytical modelling, multi-body analysis and kinematics/dynamics simulation of complex mechanisms; singularity analysis and identification to improve control and handling performances; computational analyses and virtual testing and prototyping. They have unique expertise on innovative robotic systems for grasping and manipulation of soft and limp materials with applications in manufacturing and assembly.
The Mechatronics and Automatic Control Group of the Dept of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering DIBRIS, with research focus on tactile sensing and robot control, and technological skills in the areas of software and hardware engineering and integration.
Prof. Matteo Zoppi and Prof. Giorgio Cannata, involved in the project, are the head of the research of the two groups.