San Francisco Cross-Cutting Challenges on “Expanding Sensory Interactions: The Path to Intelligent Clothes and Objects Able to Change the Way We Communicate With the World”

Tomorrow we will run the Cross-Cutting Challenge on Expanding Sensory Motor Interactions organized by @Claudio Pacchierotti, @Leonardo Meli and myself in San Francisco at the IEEE Haptics Symposium 2018 #hapitcs2018 venue.

Recently, Elon Musk told an audience at the Dubai World Government Summit that “over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” In an age when AI and autonomy are becoming widespread, there is a growing need to empower human interactions through new intelligent devices. Nowadays, we have small wearable devices able to apply compelling haptic sensations as well as comfortable instrumented garments able to sense inputs coming from the human wearer (contact forces and motion). In the future, we foresee an advancement of these technologies toward more wearable and seamless solutions, until their complete blend and merge in what we call “wearable sensorimotor interfaces”. These novel interfaces will be able to sense user input and biometric information, and to apply haptic and other stimuli in an extremely seamless and comfortable way. This will be the first step toward a new field of research that can dramatically enlarge the potentiality and applicability of haptics to enhance human capabilities, health, and human interaction with digital information. Future applications may be in mixed and augmented reality, human sensory augmentation (e.g., extra limbs), assistance to elderly and disabled people, and natural control of intelligent devices (e.g., Internet of Things, smartphones).

The Cross-Cutting Challenge it is the first initiative of the haptics community and we are sure that our CCC will ispire and will get inspired by the interaction of the following renewed friends and colleagues:

Domenico Prattichizzo – University of Siena and Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy #sirslab
Hrvoje Benko – Oculus Research, USA
Vincent Hayward – University of London, UK, and Actronika SAS, France
Lucy Dunne – University of Minnesota, USA
Matteo Bianchi – University of Pisa, Italy
Akihito Noda – Nanzan University, Japan
Hong Z. Tan – Purdue University, USA
Simone Rossi – University of Siena, Italy
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker – Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Meg Grant – Seismic, Inc, USA
Allison M. Okamura – Stanford University, USA
Antonio Frisoli – TeCIP Institute, Italy
Leonardo Meli – University of Siena, Italy #sirslab
Claudio Pacchierotti – CNRS, France
Marcia O’Malley – Rice University, USA
Karon MacLean – University of British Columbia, Canada
Brad Holschuh – University of Minnesota, USA



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Rotary Siena Est for Give Me Six #SIRSLAB

Domenica 25 Marzo si terrà presso il Royal Golf la Bagnaia la terza edizione della Golf Cup Rotary Siena Est.
Tutti i fondi raccolti saranno destinati al nostro Laboratorio di Robotica #SIRSLAB del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione dell’Università degli Studi di Siena.
In particolare il service è rivolto al progetto “Give Me Six – IL sesto dito robotico da indossare: una nuova opportunità per i pazienti colpiti da Ictus.”
Ringrazio di cuore il Rotary Club Siena Est e il suo presidente Prof. Paolo Frezzotti per l’entusiasmo e l’attenzione rivolta a questo progetto e alle tante iniziative importanti che riguardano la nostra comunità. #rotary #sirslab

Cross Cutting Challenge at Haptic Symposium 2017 – Expanding sensory interactions through wearables and smart clothes – #sirslab

Our Cross-Cutting Challenge (CCC) proposal for the 2018 Haptics Symposium has been accepted. In San Francisco on March 25, 2018 we will present at the Haptic Symposium the CCC on “Expanding sensory interactions: The path to intelligent clothes and objects able to change the way we communicate with the world.”

*From now through December 22nd,* individual keynote and interactive discussion proposals can be submitted – see the details below. _DP

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Domenico Prattichizzo invited speaker at Rotary Club Montaperti – Castelnuovo Berardenga

This evening Domenico Prattichizzo will be invited speaker on “The sixth finger. The robot that helps impaired people” at Rotary Club Montaperti – Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Seminario “La protezione delle Idee nella Ricerca in Robotica e ICT per l’Healthcare”-July 6, 2016

The Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics of University of Siena organizes, in collaboration with the Liaison Office, the Seminar “La protezione delle idee nella ricerca in robotica e ICT per l’healthcare” on Wednesday July 6, 2016.

IPR and patents

Edison Innovation Week – Milano – 8 Giugno ore 17 Palazzo Edison

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 10.01.34Cari Amici (di Milano e non), ho il piacere di invitarvi al Edison Innovation Week che si terrà a Milano la prossima settimana. Il giorno 8 alle ore 17 terrò un talk su “Making a new health: un robot da indossare”. Ci sono tanti talk interessanti ecco il programma

Per partecipare è sufficiente REGISTRARSI A

Ci vediamo a Milano

tags: #EdisonInnovationWeek #startupitalia #sirslab

Wearable haptics (hRing) and wearable robotics (the robotic sixth finger) demo got the Best Demo Award at the Haptics Symposium in Philadelphia #haptics 2016

It is a honor for me to announce that we, the #sirslab won the pretigious Best Demonstration Award of the 2016 IEEE Haptic Symposium in Philadelphia. The demonstration has the title “The hRing as a Wearable Haptic Interface for Extra Robotic Fingers” by Giovanni Spagnoletti, Irfani Hussein, Claudio Pacchierotti, Gionata Salvietti and Domenico Prattichizzo. Congratulation folks !!!! Keep growing !!!

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