4th Wearhap Consortium Meeting

The WEARHAP Consortium met in the Madrid, Spain for it 4th Consortium Review Meeting. It was held in Madrid, Spain on 17th and 18th of November 2014. The meeting was reviewed by Prof. Karen Maclean of University of British Columbia and Dr. Patrick Helmer, CEO of Force Dimension. All the partners involved in the consortium were represented in the meeting.


The venue was Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, hosted by Prof. Miguel Otaduy. This gathering of the consortium reviewed the progress and forged ideas to moved towards the ultimate objectives of the project. The meeting ended on a high note as the progress of the project is as planned. All the outstanding and future issues came under rigorous discussions and presentations, lasting two days.

UNISI participated in the meeting with a lot of enthusiasm and managed to appreciate the beauty of Madrid and the generosity of our hosts after the work-sessions. It was a joy able work and personal experience for everyone who took part in this Review Meeting from Siena.

Here are some of the pictures from the event.
Pictures of 4th WEARHAP Consortium Meeting

Wearable Haptics and Hand Tracking @ SIGGRAPH 2014

Our lab is heading to Vancouver to present the paper

Wearable Haptics and Hand Tracking via an RGB-D Camera
for Immersive Tactile Experiences

to the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2014 conference.

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Enjoy the video!

Videoconference of Prof. Roudolf Kalman-June 9-11, 2014 @UNIBO

The School of Engineering and Architecture, in collaboration with the research group “Studies on epistemology and philosophy of science” at the Department of Philosophy and Communication, presented the conference:

“The lesson of the last 100 years.
Accomplishments of control theory and related fields since the beginning of World War One”
9th June 2014, Bologna, Italy – UniBo

“The recent history of System theory and new research directions in the 21st century”
Prof. Rudolf Kalman
11th June 2014, Bologna, Italy – UniBo

TuscanEasy- A Conference on Sustainable and Accessible Tourism in Cortona (Tuscany)- May 17, 2014


TuscanEasy is a project developed by a volunteer Consortium of different people from entrepreneurial, cultural and other types of associations.
The objective of the project is to create destinations, infrastructure and services without barriers to access; transport suitable for all users; high quality services by qualified personnel; activities, exhibitions, events, attractions that allow disabled people to benefit from tourism activities.
An important conference in this field will be held on Saturday (May 17, 2014) in Cortona.
Many national and international speakers, among them Professor Domenico Prattichizzo from the University of Siena (Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics) will speak about technologies related to accessibility.

During his speach Professor Prattichizzo will explain to the audience how his research on wearable haptic devices developed in the project “WEARable HAPtics for Humans and Robots” (WEARHAP), funded by the European Union, can guide visually impaired through the tourist attractions and how this technologies represent a novel approach to make cities accessible to people with vision disabilities.

Find here the link to the Conference program: Turismo Accessibile, esperienze a confronto.


Symposium at Rice and RSS AC meeting starting Today (Friday, April 4)- Houston (USA)

Following the RSS tradition Today is time to symposium.  It promises to be super interesting!
The AC meeting will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

You can find information about the symposium and the RSS AC meeting at Rice at the web page below: http://www.kavrakilab.org/RSS2014

The 2nd Workshop on Robotics and Neuroscience in Siena on May the 9th

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, it is a pleasure to invite you to attend the one-day

“2nd Workshop on Robotics and Neuroscience”
to be held at the
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione of the University of Siena in Aula 101 on the next Wednesday, May the 9th, starting at 9am.
This is a singular opportunity to discuss research trends in robotics and neuroscience with outstanding scientists.
The preliminary program and all the information to reach us can be found at
The symposium is freely open, without registration. To participate to the Workshop you are only required to send an email to Marco Aggravi (with subject: “Workshop Robotics and Neuroscience 2012″).
We acknowledge the European Community for making this event possible within the Collaborative Project no. 248587 “THE: The Hand Embodied“, supported by the European Community within the FP7-ICT-2009-4-2-1 program “Cognitive Systems and Robotics”.
We hope you can join us.
Domenico Prattichizzo and Simone Rossi