A new perspective paper published on Frontiers on Neurorobotics

A human-robot interaction perspective on assistive and rehabilitation robotics

Philipp Beckerle, Gionata Salvietti, Ramazan Unal, Domenico Prattichizzo, Simone Rossi, Claudio Castellini, Sandra Hirche, Satoshi Endo, Heni Ben Amor, Matei Ciocarlie, Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, Brenna D. Argall and Matteo Bianchi

Abstract Assistive and rehabilitation devices are a promising and challenging field of recent robotics research. Motivated by societal needs such as aging populations, such devices can support motor functionality and subject training. The design, control, sensing and assessment of the devices become more sophisticated due to a human in the loop. This paper gives a human-robot interaction perspective on current issues and opportunities in the field. On the topic of control and machine learning, approaches that support but do not distract subjects are reviewed.  Options to provide sensory user-feedback that are currently missing from robotic devices are outlined. Parallels between device acceptance and affective computing are made. Furthermore, requirements for functional assessment protocols that relate to real-world tasks are discussed. In all topic areas, the design of human-oriented frameworks and methods is dominated by challenges related to the close interaction between the human and robotic device. This paper discusses the aforementioned aspects in order to open up new perspectives for future robotic solutions.
A human-robot interaction perspective on assistive and rehabilitation robotics. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316735448_A_human-robot_interaction_perspective_on_assistive_and_rehabilitation_robotics

Our paper on wearable haptics for Augmented reality is the most popular article in IEEE Transactions on Haptics

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Smart City Radio 24. Oggi e domani alle 20.50 parliamo di VR con Maurizio Melis.

Smart City Radio 24. Oggi e domani alle 20.50  parliamo di VR con  Maurizio Melis. http://www.radio24.ilsole24ore.com/programma/smart-city

Wearable Haptic Systems for the Fingertip and the Hand: Taxonomy, Review, and Perspectives

Our group has just published a new survey article on the IEEE Transactions on Haptics!

The 23-pages-long manuscript presents a taxonomy and review of wearable haptic systems for the fingertip and the hand, focusing on those systems directly addressing wearability challenges. We also discuss the main technological and design challenges for the development of wearable haptic interfaces, and report on the future perspectives of the field.

This work is the result of a collaboration between my group SIRSLab, the CNRS at Irisa and Inria Rennes (C. Pacchierotti), UPMC (V. Hayward), Inria Chile (S. Sinclair), and SSSA (A. Frisoli and M. Solazzi), in the framework of project WEARHAP.


C. Pacchierotti, S. Sinclair, M. Solazzi, A. Frisoli, V. Hayward, D. Prattichizzo. “Wearable Haptic Systems for the Fingertip and the Hand: Taxonomy, Review, and Perspectives.” IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 2017.

The paper is available from IEEEXplore (Open Access!):

Drone and Arm Cooperative Manipulation demo is running at the #hannovermesse2017 #kuka Innovation Award

This is the video of the running demo at the Hannover Messe 2017. We are competing to win the 2017 Kuka Innovation Award. This is a wonderful example of cooperative manipulation between a robotic arm and a drone.

See this post  https://prattichizzoblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/kuka-innovation-award-competition-is-running-hannovermesse-sirslab/

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Science Magazine – Our research at University of Siena #sirslab on Augmented Reality



Science Magazine – Our research at University of Siena #sirslab on Augmented Reality with Maurizio Maisto, Claudio Pacchierotti, Francesco Chinello, Gionata Salvietti, Alessandro De Luca is on ScienceMag.org “So Domenico Prattichizzo, a robotics engineer at the University of Siena in Italy, and his collaborators designed two devices that enable users to feel virtual objects, which they put to the test in a paper to be published in IEEE Transactions on Haptics. … Prattichizzo’s lab has led “a revolution in the topic of virtual touch,” says Miguel Otaduy, a computer scientist at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He’s tried Prattichizzo’s devices and is impressed that you can wear them and still hold real objects. ‘That just blows your mind’, he says.” _DP

Kuka Innovation Award Competition is running #hannovermesse #sirslab

Mostafa Mohammadi from our #sirslab is defending with the whole international team coordinated by CNRS the project #telemagmas to the 2017 Kuka Innovation Award at the Hannover Messe. Today and tomorrow are the most important days. Stay tuned.

The Tele-MAGMaS Team: The international research team led by LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse (Antonio Franchi and Nicolas Staub, Davide Bicego, Victor Arellano, Quentin Sablé, Subodh Mishra), with members from the University of Siena (Domenico Prattichizzo and Mostafa Mohammadi), Seoul National University (Dongjun Lee and  H. Yang, C. Ha, M. Kim) and CNRS at the research center IRISA in Rennes (Paolo Robuffo Giordano and Quentin Delamare), is addressing search and rescue operations in regions which are difficult to access or dangerous following disasters.

Tele-MAGMaS stays for Human-in-the-loop multi-robot aerial-grounded manipulation system.


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