Christian Cipriani - Marco Controzzi
Federico Montagnani - Francesco Clemente
Alessio Ghionzoli - Marco D'Alonzo
Sergio Tarantino - Diego Barone
Gunter Robert Kanitz - Ilario Imbinto



Christian Cipriani received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2004 and the Ph.D. in BioRobotics from the IMT Institute for advanced studies, Lucca, Italy in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Artificial Hands Area at The BioRobotics Institute of SSSA. He is also in Prensilia as CSO. He is the Coordinator and PI of: (1) the WAY Project (ICT #288551) funded by the European Commission, (2) the MY-HAND Project (no. RBFR10VCLD) funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and (3) the PPR3 Project funded by the National Workers’ Compensation (INAIL). He was Visiting Scientist at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2012, and he founded Prensilia, a spin-off company of SSSA, in 2009. His research interests cover mechatronic, controllability and sensory feedback issues of dexterous robotic hands to be used as thought-controlled prostheses. On these topics he has filed 4 patents and authored 40+ peer reviewed scientific papers, on international journals in the fields of prosthetics, applied neuroscience and rehabilitation robotics. Since 2005 he has been involved in 15 European (CYBERHAND, NEUROBOTICS, ROBOTCUB, SMARTHAND, NANOBIOTOUCH, CYBERLEGS, WAY, COGLABORATION, NEBIAS), international (RPP2009) and national research projects (SAFEHAND, OPENHAND, HANDBOT, MY-HAND, INAIL PPR3) in the field of robotic/bionic limbs.


Marco Controzzi received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2008 and the Ph.D. in BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Robotics and CTO in Prensilia. He is mainly interested in the mechanical design of sensory equipped anthropomorphic robotic and prosthetic hands and arms, as well as in the design of smart actuation mechanisms, analytical models to increase transmission efficiency, grip force, and dexterous manipulation. He has filed 4 patents and authored 20 peer reviewed scientific papers (including 2 book chapters), on international journals in the field of prosthetics and rehabilitation robotics. Dr. Controzzi won the d’Auria Award for prototypes of innovative robotic devices to aid the motor disabled from the Italian Robotics and Automation Association, in 2009. In the same year he found Prensilia with which he won the Innovation section of the 2009 Vespucci Award from Tuscany regional Government and was recognised as one of the five best companies in Europe at the 2013 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award. Dr Controzzi has been working in several EU funded projects (WAY, COGLABORATION, SMART-HAND, ROBOTCUB, NEBIAS, NANOBIOTACT, NANOBIOTOUCH), national founded projects (MY-HAND, OPENHAND, HANDBOT, INAIL PPR3) and one international project founded by DARPA (RPP2009 - Support to the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program 2009).


Federico Montagnani received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (2007) and his MSc degree in Automotive Engineering (2011) with a thesis on an ammonia fueled Engine, both from Università di Pisa (Italy). PhD student in Biorobotics at the Biorobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna from 2012, he works mainly on actuation mechanisms for artificial upper limbs. In particular, his research project is focused on the wrist and its role in the upper limb prosthesis.


Francesco Clemente received his BSc degree and MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pisa, Italy, in 2012. His master thesis work, developed within the Artificial Hands (ex ARTS) Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy), involved the mechanical design of an upper limb prosthesis for transradial amputees. He is currently a PhD student in Biorobotics at The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and is involved in european research projects. His research interests mainly include the development of sensory feedback devices for upper limb amputees, but widens to the whole field of upper limb prosthetics.


Alessio Ghionzoli Received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2008, and the PhD in mycrosystem engineering from University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, in 2012. Since 2008 he has been involved in several national and international projects at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy.


Marco D'Alonzo received the B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa , Pisa, Italy, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in Biorobotics from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2012. He was visiting student at the Neurorehabilitation Department of Goettingen University, Goettingen, Germany, in 2012. He is currently Post-Doc Fellow at the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in particular, lab manager of Artificial Hands Area. Dr D'Alonzo has been working in several EU funded projects (NANOBIOTACT, NANOBIOTOUCH, WAY, CogLaboration, CyberLegs). His research interests include psychophysics of touch, haptic feedback devices, sensory substitution devices for prosthetics, biomechanics of fingertip tissues and artificial tactile sensing.


Sergio Tarantino received his BSc degree and MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pisa, Italy, in 2012. He currently holds a position as Research Assistant with The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. His current research interests include the analysis and classification of surface and intramuscular EMG signals using machine learning techniques in order control upperlimb artificial prosthesis.

Diego Barone got his degree in electronic engineering (from Pisa University) in october 2004 (thesis job: designing and building of a position measurement system based on optic interferometric technics that grant resolution of the order of 100 nanometers). He gained large experience in designing and building custom electronic equipments for industrial and military application (such as measurement instruments, data logger, vlf receivers for geophysic surveys, process control units, human machine interface, dc/dc converter, lighting systems, audio applications) now he works at the biorobotics institute of scuola superiore sant'anna involved in the designing of new localization systems of implantable tags to be used for controlling robotic prothesis.

Gunter Robert Kanitz received the Diplom (FH) in Computer Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW-Berlin), Berlin, Germany, in 2010. The M.Sc. degree in Network Centred Computing was granted with distinction by the University of Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom, in 2010. Currently he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree as Ph.D. fellow in biomedical robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Pisa, Italy. His research interests are human machine interfaces with a focus on prosthetics: neural interfaces, superficial and invasive electromyography, neural modeling, processing of the peripheral and central nervous system signals, for understanding the neural control of movement.

Ilario Imbinto received his BSc degree and MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pisa, Italy, in 2013. His master thesis work was developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (Stockholm,Sweden ), involved the study of innovative production systems. He is currently a Research Fellow at The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. His research interests mainly include mechanical and mechatronic design of upper limbs.




Angelo Davalli - Simona Castellano
Andrea Cutti - Anna Cerfeda



Angelo Davalli was born in 1962 in Budrio(BO), Italy. He received the B.Sc. in Electronic Engineer (1988), from the University of Bologna. Hardware and Software Designer in several companies. He received the licence of mechanic orthopaedic technician in 1998. Since 1992 he's research area liaison officer in the INAIL Prosthetic Center in Bologna (ITALY). In 2010 he became Training and Documentation manger. Adjunct professor in the University of Bologna and Ferrara and author of many scientific publications. He's involved in research on advances in upper limbs prostheses and in the field of aids for elderly and disable people.


Simona Castellano Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1987, medical specialization in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1991. From 05/02/2014, Head Physiatrist in the Branch of Rome “INAIL Prosthesis Center” at CTO – A.Alesini Hospital; from November 2014, ruling Head Physiatrist in of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit of “INAIL Prosthesis Center” in Vigorso di Budrio. Hospital Doctor since 1991, from 2007 to 2014 at the Spinal Cord Injuries Unit of “CTO – A.Alesini” Hospital of Rome. Lecturer in the Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing (“Tor Vergata” University of Rome), in the Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy (“La Sapienza” University of Rome and “Tor Vergata” University of Rome), in the Postgraduate Medical School of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“Tor Vergata” University of Rome), in the Postgraduate Medical Master (“Tor Vergata” University of Rome). Acupuncturist, with admission n. 44 in the Acupuncturist Register of Medical Professional Order of Rome and n. 77 in the Teachers Register of Italian Federation Acupuncture Societies – FISA.


Andrea Cutti Andrea Giovanni Cutti received the Master in Electronic engineering cum-laude in 2002 from the University of Bologna. For the dissertation, he received the "Francini Award" from the National Society of Engineering in Medicine & Biology. He received the professional qualification as Biomedical Engineer (Electronics) in 2002. In 2006, he was awarded the title of PhD in Biomedical Engineering by the University of Bologna with a dissertation on upper-limb motion analysis, with grants from Centro Protesi INAIL. The PhD dissertation was awarded, ex-equo, with the "Alberto Mazzoldi" award by the "E. Piaggio" Interdisciplinary Research Center of the University of Pisa. During his PhD he was awarded with the Elsevier-SIAMOC for the best methodological paper (2003) and the Vicon-Aurion travel grant (2004). In 2006 he joined Centro Protesi INAIL di Vigorso di Budrio as researcher, with activities related to the Motion Analysis Laboratory, with a special focus on the development of innovative methods for the outpatient assessment of motion disorder in the upper-limb. From 2009 to 2014 is was the Motion Analysis Laboratory Manager and Manager for the Clinical Trials of Prosthetic Components. In that period he completed a number of national and international projects related to upper and lower limb motion analysis and of high-tech prosthetic components. Moreover, he was involved in cost-utility assessments and studies addressing the psychological implications of upper-limb prostheses. Since 2014 he is Project Manager in upper-limb prosthetic projects, while keeping a focus on motion analysis, especially with wearable technologies. Also since 2014, he is support-manager of the Upper limb and Silicon workshops in the Technical Directorate of Centro Protesi. He is member of the Board of the Italian Society of Motion Analysis in Clinics (SIAMOC) and member of the Board of the International Shoulder Group (technical group of the International Society of Biomechanics). He has author of about 30 full papers in international journals and about 80 publications in books and conference proceedings.


Anna Cerfeda received her Diploma as rehabilitation therapist of the engine from "La Sapienza" of Rome University in 1992. She received her BSc degree in Physiotherapy from "Gabriele D'Annunzio" University of Studies of Chieti in 2005. She works for INAIL "Centro Protesi" in Vigorso of Budrio, Center for experimentation and application of prostheses and orthopedic aids as physiotherapist since 1998. She gained large experience with job injury rehabilitation and in upper limb amputations. She is currently involved in Research Project PPR2: Control of upper limb prostheses with invasive neural interfaces, in collaboration with the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome.