Christian Cipriani

Brief CV (updated to April 2009)

Christian Cipriani is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Advanced Robotics and Technologies Laboratory (ARTS) of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa. He was born in Lucca, Italy, on October 22, 1980. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (MSc) with full marks from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2004 and the Ph.D. in Biorobotics Science and Engineering from a joint program between IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa in 2008. During 2008 he was a visiting student at Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

He has been working at ARTS Lab since 2005 in the framework of several national and international research projects. He has collaborated in the IST FET CYBERHAND Project, the Revolutionizing Prosthetic Program 2007, the IST ROBOTCUB Project, the IST FET NEUROBOTICS, and the PRIN 2006 SAFFEHAND project, and he is currently involved in the NMP-CT SMARTHAND Project where he is the ARTS team manager / principal investigator.

His research interests are focused on mechatronic aspects and control issues of advanced robotic hands to be used as neuro-controlled prosthesis. In particular: the design of hand controllers architectures and strategies based on proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensors; the development and experimentation of non-invasive control interfaces; the development and comparison of shared-control strategies between user and the machine for prosthetic control. Most of his activities are strongly related to hardware development with the goal of building reliable, robust and durable stand-alone mechatronic hands. He is the author of 15 papers on scientific journals, international peer reviewed conferences and book chapters, and he is partner of a spin-off company of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. With the developed SmartHand transradial-prosthesis prototype he won in 2009 the Antonio d’Auria prize (open to European citizens) for projects and prototypes of innovative robotic devices to aid the motor disabled from the Italian Robotics and Automation Association (SIRI).
Dr. Cipriani is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology.

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