Le mani robotiche di Monica: dall’ingegneria meccanica un aiuto per l’uomo – #sirslab

Monica Malvezzi ha rilasciato un’intervista sul suo amato lavoro e il  #sirslab che ho l’onore di coordinare con lei. Ecco un estratto della sua intervista

“… il team di cui si compone il SIRSLab #sirslab conta un gran numero di donne con professionalità diverse che contribuiscono, ciascuna nel suo campo – nell’ambito delle STEM – al successo dei progetti …”

L’intervista completa si può leggere a questo link https://www.studenti.it/stem-monica-malvezzi-robotica.html

Avanti tutta 🙂 _DP

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Maria, dal liceo classico al mondo delle STEM al #sirslab

Complimenti Maria per questa intervista. “…Lavorando con i robot la mente resta sempre attiva e non smette mai di farsi domande…”. _DP

L’intervista completa può essere letta da questo link.

https://www.studenti.it/maria-dal-liceo-alle-stem.html

Maria Pozzi e a Pint of Science 2018

Lunedì sera 14 Maggio alle 19.30 al bar Il Palio, Maria Pozzi, super dottoranda del #sirslab, parlerà di mani robotiche nell’ambito di A Pint of Science, una manifestazione di divulgazione scientifica che durerà dal 14 al 16 maggio. #apintofscience #siena #sirslab #pintofscience8c70cbbb-8dfc-48fb-8d38-9a045b02151a.jpg

Monica, Giulia, Maria, Samanta e Chiara. Assi portanti del #sirslab

Una meravigliosa descrizione del nostro Laboratorio SIRSLab #sirslab con Monica Malvezzi, Giulia Pompili, Maria Pozzi, Samanta Scala, Chiara Gaudeni. Complimenti!

Haptics – #sirslab paper published on IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L)

The hBracelet: a wearable haptic device for the distributed mechanotactile stimulation of the upper limb

Leonardo Meli, Irfan Hussain, Mirko Aurilio, Monica Malvezzi, Marcia K. O’MalleDomenico Prattichizzo.

DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2018.2810958

Abstract.  Haptic interfaces are mechatronic devices designed to render tactile sensations; although they are typically based on robotic manipulators external to the human body, recently, interesting wearable solutions have been presented. Towards a more realistic feeling of virtual and remote environment interactions, we propose a novel wearable skin stretch device for the upper limb called “hBracelet”. It consists of two main parts coupled with a linear actuator. Each part contains two servo actuators that move a belt. The device is capable of providing distributed mechanotactile stimulation on the arm by controlling the tension and the distance of the two belts in contact with the skin. When the motors spin in opposite directions, the belt presses into the user’s arm, while when they spin in the same direction, the belt applies a shear force to the skin. Moreover, the linear actuator exerts longitudinal cues on the arm by moving the two parts of the device. In this work we illustrate the mechanical structure, working principle, and control strategies of the proposed wearable haptic display. Furthermore, we present a qualitative experiment in a teleoperation scenario as a case study to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed haptic interface and to show how a human can take advantage of multiple haptic stimuli provided at the same time and on the same body area. The results show that the device is capable of successfully providing information about forces acting at the remote site, thus improving the overall telepresence.

 

A video showing the main concept of the work can be watched at

The pdf of the paper can be downloaded at http://sirslab.dii.unisi.it/papers/2018/Meli18_hBracelet.pdf

The paper can be cited using the following bibtex item

@ARTICLE{Meli18_hBracelet,
author={L. Meli and I. Hussain and M. Aurilio and M. Malvezzi and M. K. O’Malley and D. Prattichizzo},
journal={IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters},
title={The hBracelet: A Wearable Haptic Device for the Distributed Mechanotactile Stimulation of the Upper Limb},
year={2018},
volume={3},
number={3},
pages={2198-2205},
keywords={Actuators;Belts;Force;Haptic interfaces;Pulleys;Robots;Skin;Haptics and haptic interfaces;human-centered robotics;telerobotics and teleoperation;wearable robots},
doi={10.1109/LRA.2018.2810958},
ISSN={}, 
month={July},}

 

This work will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018) that is held 21-25 May in Brisbane, Australia.

Tommaso Lisini PhD defence and degree

Our #sirslab star Tommaso Lisini during his excellent defence. Congratulations Tommaso for your PhD degree !!!

Our #sirslab star Tommaso Lisini during his excellent defence. Congratulations Tommaso for your PhD degree !!!

Posted by Domenico Prattichizzo on Friday, April 27, 2018

MOOC on Robotic Grasping presented today at RiE 2018, Malta

Today, the paper “MOOC on The Art of Grasping and Manipulation in Robotics: Design Choices and Lessons Learned”, by M. Pozzi, M. Malvezzi, and D. Prattichizzo, will be presented at RiE 2018, the 9th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Malta.

The MOOC is already available here.

Abstract of the paper. This paper presents guidelines for designing a MOOC on Advanced Robotics topics based on the authors’ experience in creating an on-line course on The Art of Grasping and Manipulation in Robotics. After a revision of the main MOOCs and video lectures about Robotics that are available on-line, we present our course and describe the preliminary feedback we gathered from a group of Master students.