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Antonio Frisoli, PhD

Head of Human Robot Interaction Area , PERCRO Lab

Associate Professor of Mechanics for Machines and Mechanical Systems at TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

  • National Scientific Habilitation as full professor (2016)
  • Associate Editor of MIT Press Presence, Robotics & Automation Letters
  • Former Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (2012-2014), awarded as most active IEEE RAS TC

Curriculum Vitae




Brief CV

Antonio Frisoli is head of the "Human Robot Interaction" research area of the PERCRO laboratory. In the area of "Human Robot Interaction", he investigates from a technological and perceptual point of view the mechanisms of Human-Robot Interaction:

  • To develop devices and robots that can intuitively and safely cooperate with humans
  • To develop new man-machine interfaces for the interaction with virtual environments

He received the MS “summa cum laude” in Mechanical Engineering, specialization in Robotics, from the University of Pisa, Italy, and the Graduate Diploma in Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) in Pisa, Italy, in 1998. In 2002 he received the PhD in robotics and teleoperation in Virtual Environments from SSSA, where in 2003 he became Assistant Professor. In 2010 he qualified as Associate Professor of Mechanics for Machines and Mechanical Systems, and in 2012 he was appointed as Associate Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

His research interests are in the field of haptic interfaces, wearable haptics, robotic exoskeletons and their application in rehabilitation and human-power augmentation, multimodal perception,  modeling and control of robotic systems, robotic assisted neurorehabilitation, kinematics, BCI and new interface for personal robotics, including EMG. He is author of more than 150 publications in the area of haptics, robotics and mechanical design (see Google scholar list of publications)

He serves as Associate Editor (AE) for the MIT Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments and for the Scientific World Journal, and has been former AE ofthe IEEE Transactions on Haptics (2007-2010); he was appointed as IEEE CEB Associate Editor and he is has been the former chair of the IEEE Haptic Technical Committee (2012-2014). He acts as reviewer of several scientific international journals and conferences of robotics and virtual reality and partcipates regularliy in the organizing and program boards of several robotic conferences, among which IEEE Haptic Symposium, Worldhaptics, Eurohaptics. He is currently involved in several international and national research projects. He was scientific responsible for SSSA of the "Presenccia" FET EU project and "Decision in Motion" Strep project in the area of Cognitive Systems.  He is now involved in different European and national projects (SKILLS, VERE, BEAMING), dealing with the development of new technologies for enhanced interaction in Virtual Environements, virtual embodiment, robotic assisted neurological rehabilitation in stroke, and he is now the scientific responsible for SSSA of the EU project WEARHAP and Horizon 2020 Centauro.

He has been former lecturer of the course of "Mechanics of Robots" at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of University of Pisa, since 2002 he is responsible of several undergraduate courses in the area of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at SSSA, since 2008 of the course of "Foundations of Mechanics" at Faculty of Computer Engineering of University of Pisa and now of "Robitcs and Human Machine Interfaces" within the Embedded Computing Systems Engineering.
He has been appointed at the Faculty of Medicine of Pisa as lecturer for the course of “Bioengineering" in the undergraduate course of Physiotherapy (see following link for details).

For the list of scientific publications follow this link.





2002 PhD in robotics with honors in the area of "Teleoperation in Virtual Environments"at Scuola Superiore S. Anna - Italy with a thesis entitled ''Design and Modeling of Haptic Interfaces: an integrated approach"

1998 Summer Guest Research Fellow at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia-IL on design, mechanical testing and analysis of the mechanics of high-field superconducting magnets, including LHC quadrupoles and/or new designs.

1998 Diploma of Sant' Anna School of University Studies and Doctoral Research (SSSUP), Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Engineering, with full marks and a dissertation on "Kinematic analysis and design of the haptic interface subsystem of the TREMOR project''.

1998 Laurea degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors, specialization in Industrial Automation and Robotics, University of Pisa, with a dissertation on "Design and optimizazion of a six degree of freedom pen-based haptic device for dextrous manipulation in virtual environments''.

1987-1992 High School specialized in scientific studies, Scientific Lycee ``A. Volta'', Foggia (Italy) with full marks (60/60).




2015: Recipient of the IEEE RAS most active technical committee of the year as chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (wwww.worldhaptics.org), given in Seattle ICRA 2015

2013: recipient of the "Future of Health Award" with the project Relive, with the Relive team coordinated by Federico Semeraro witthin Games For Health Europe. (http://relivegame.com/)

2012 Finalist for Best Student Paper as co-author, IEEE IROS 2012

2006 Vice-Chair for Information and Dissemination” of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics awarded as the “Most Active Technical Committee of the Year IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for 2006” given in Rome, ICRA 2007

2001 Finalist for Best Student Paper Award, IEEE ICRA 2001

1994: Winner of the national engineering examination for 5 places

(ranking second over about 300 participants from all over Italy) for admission to the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari Sant’Anna in Pisa. The Sant’Anna School of University Studies and Doctoral Research is a public institution whose aims are to promote and advance scientific knowledge both through university programs and doctoral research, and to train gifted young scholars for scientific research and the teaching profession. The students are rewarded five year scholarships.


Foreign Language Knowledge


Spoken english, fair knowledge of french and chinese.