may 2014

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,




x. Attivita' I-RAS
x. Call for Contributions - CRAS2014
x. Twenty scholarships for Master in "Smart Solutions-Smart Communities"developed by TELECOM Italia and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
x. Call for Fellowships to the three-year PhD Program in BioRobotics


x. Attivita' I-RAS

a) Vi ricordo la scadenza del prossimo 15 giugno per la partecipazione al Young Author Best Paper Award

b) E' ancora possibile candidarsi per sostituirmi nella carica di chair dal primo gennaio 2015, con la prossima newsletter rendero' note le candidature e le modalita' di voto

c) La cena I-RAS, con premiazione del vincitore YABP 2014 e passaggio delle consegne al nuovo chair, si terra' al prossimo convegno SIDRA, previsto per il prossimo 8-10 settembre a Bergamo. Dettagli a valle del programma del convegno.


x. Call for Contributions - CRAS2014

CRAS 2014
4th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery

Dates: October 14-16, 2014
Venue: Hotel Meliá, Genoa, Italy

Workshop Motivation:
Joining Efforts - Progressing Faster
Robotic surgery is one of the most appealing fields of modern robotics. With over 2 decades history, more than 2.000 systems installed worldwide and over 200.000 interventions conducted per annum; the field of robotic surgery is considered well-established. Despite these impressive figures and increasing popularity in research labs all over the world, the list of technological advances that made it into the operating room (OR) during this last decade is fairly limited. Long expected techniques such as 3D reconstruction, motion compensation, virtual guidance, haptic feedback, under study in many labs all over the planet did not make their appearance into the market yet. This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and clinicians involved in computer and/or robot assisted surgery to provide a clear view on the status and recent trends in this field and to propose concrete measures to achieve a critical mass in research and innovation in this field.

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Leonardo Mattos, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy
Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy
Emmanuel Vander Poorten, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium

Workshop Topics:
Specific topics of interest include, amongst others:

· registration, segmentation and modeling;

· motion compensation and active guidance;

· human-robot collaboration and shared control;

· workflow analysis and episode segmentation;

· machine learning and cognitive surgical robotics;

· surgical skill assessment;

· usability and user-acceptance;

· surgical training;

· tactile and haptic feedback;

· variable stiffness robotic systems;

· novel robotic hardware and sensors;

· novel interfaces;

· standardization and regulation;

· system integration;

· safety and dependability;

· synergies and clustering;

· visionary works and roadmaps.

Important Dates:
15 July 2014 - Abstract submission deadline
15 August 2014 - Notification of acceptance
15 September 2014 - Final abstract submission
14-16 October 2014 - Workshop dates

Hotel Meliá, Via Corsica 4, 16128 Genoa, Italy

The city:
Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy. Genoa is one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Superb") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city's rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Genoa is also near major tourist destinations such as Porto Fino and the Cinque Terre.

Leonardo Mattos
Department of Advanced Robotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genoa, Italy
Phone: +39 010 71781409
Fax: +39 010 71781232


x. Twenty scholarships for Master in "Smart Solutions-Smart Communities"developed by TELECOM Italia and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Call for scholarship applications within the Master "Smart
Solutions-Smart Communities" 2014-2015 (

Twenty scholarships are offered by TELECOM Italia in partnership with
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, for young European citizens.
All admitted students will receive a total gross amount of € 12.000,00
scholarship payment to cover transportation and accommodation expenses.
Excellent students will have placement opportunities in TELECOM Italia.
All Master tuition fees are covered by TELECOM Italia.

This Master is a post-graduate university programme designed for
students that own a Master of Science degree.

The main goal of the Master is to train young talented graduates to
design, develop and manage the radical and sustainable transformation of
processes and services by using innovative technologies, as a lever for
the transition to smart services. In particular, the programme allows
students to acquire advanced technical skills, the ability to analyse
and design "value chains" in order to define and launch new fundamental
products and services in areas such as healthcare, energy, on-site and
remote monitoring, as well as the skills needed to drive a radical but
sustainable transition to "smart services", allowing society to evolve
towards Smart Communities.

The twenty Master students will attend intensive and exciting series of
lessons taught in English, alternating with laboratory experiments,
company experiences and seminars (600 hours). In the final stage, an
internship at TELECOM Italia will be provided in order to gain direct
experience in the fields of business and technologies (750 hours).

Total time commitment: Sept. 8, 2014 - Sept. 5, 2015

The Master Degree programme has been developed by TELECOM Italia and
academics at The BioRobotics Institute, the Institute of Management, and
The Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies
of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Applicants shall submit their application on-line.
The application form is available here:
Submission deadline: June 17, 2014

For more info:

Administration Office:
Phone number: + 39 050.88.2627
Skype ID: master-smartsolution

Best regards,
Calogero M. Oddo and Paolo Dario
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

-- Calogero M. Oddo Assistant Professor of Biomedical Robotics PhD BioRobotics MSc, BSc Electronic Engineering Head of the Human Machine Nexus Laboratory The BioRobotics Institute Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Tel: +39050883067 Mobile: +393316992273 email: Paolo Dario Professor of Biomedical Robotics IEEE Fellow Director, The BioRobotics Institute Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Polo Sant'Anna Valdera Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34 56025 Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy Tel: +39050883420/102 Mobile: +393488863117 Fax: +39050883497 skype: paolodario2707


x. Call for Fellowships to the three-year PhD Program in BioRobotics

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy, announces 22 positions funded with fellowships for admission to the three-year PhD Program in BioRobotics for the Academic Year 2014-2015

SSSA is a public university where merit and talent count. Excellence in education and research, internationalization, interaction with the job market are the objectives of SSSA. Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna offers training and postgraduate courses in Economics and Management, Law, Political Science, Agricultural Science and Biotechnology, Medicine, and Industrial and Information Engineering. SSSA is a scientific community where the academic staff and researchers interact with students through a continuous exchange of scientific, cultural and intellectual ideas ( The PhD Program in BioRobotics is managed by the BioRobotics Institute. Its mission is to educate the Engineer of the 21st Century: a competent, interdisciplinary, creative inventor and entrepreneur, able to handle new technological and scientific challenges ( ).

The Program

The PhD Program in BioRobotics is a three-year course of advanced studies and supervised research; at the end of the Program, the PhD is conferred to students who have fulfilled the didactic requirements and passed a final examination with thesis dissertation.

The Program aims at educating highly competent researchers with the potential to be leaders in this area. The students will be educated in a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment, both through high level courses and through demanding, creative and original research work. PhD projects will be carried out in very well equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories (in such fields as micro-engineering, biomedical engineering, biomimetic robotics, rehabilitation technologies, surgical robotics and neural engineering) and through individual and team work performed under the supervision of a full-time faculty.

The students will investigate how biological systems work from an engineering viewpoint, and will make use of such knowledge to pursue challenging research projects aimed at modelling, designing and building novel components and systems for biomedical applications, such as surgery and rehabilitation. At the end of the PhD Program, students will possess solid scientific and engineering skills, the ability to conceive and carry out original research projects, and an autonomous entrepreneurship spirit.


Students are admitted to the Program following a successful entrance examination. Eligible applicants must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.)degree or equivalent title and must be under 35 years old. Undergraduate students may also apply if they graduate before the beginning of the Course - November 2014.

The deadline for application is June 26, 2014

Apply at or at

Why study in Pisa?

Pisa, a city of over 200,000 residents in its metropolitan area, is located in Tuscany, central Italy, close to other historical and monumental cities like Lucca, Florence, Siena as well as country-side, beaches and mountains Pisa is not only a welcoming and liveable city, frequented by tourists for its natural beauty and its monuments, but also an ideal city for students.

The Pisa University System, comprising the University of Pisa, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the Scuola Normale Superiore, is acknowledged to be one of the most prestigious centres of academic studies and research in Europe, and it promotes a unique model of multidisciplinary research and education.

Paolo Dario
Professor of Biomedical Robotics
IEEE Fellow
Director, The BioRobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Polo Sant'Anna Valdera
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025 Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy

Tel: +39050883420/102
Mobile: +393488863117
Fax: +39050883497
skype: paolodario2707