We are a growing team, recently born but already full of enthusiasm. Our roots and main expertise lie in the mechanics of machines and robots, ranging from the study of advanced kinematics theory up to the development of innovative prototypes and high-level industrial applications.
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Marco Carricato received the M.Sc. degree (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanics of Machines in 2002.
He has been with the University of Bologna since 2004, where he is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering.
He is the Rector Delegate for the PhD Programs of the University of Bologna.
He was awarded the AIMETA Prize 2011 for outstanding research results in the field of Mechanics of Machines, and he is an associate editor of the journal Mechanism and Machine Theory.
His research interests include robotic systems, servo-actuated automatic machinery, and the theory of mechanisms, with a particular emphasis on parallel manipulators, mobile collaborative robotics, efficiency and optimization of servomechanisms, and screw theory.
Junior assistant professor
B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna. He was the winner of the graduation award in memory of Professor Ettore Funaioli in 2017, of the best research paper award at CableCon 2021, and the Young Author Best Paper Award of the Italian IEEE Robotic and Automation Society in 2021.
Head of the lab, after completing his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science, he is now a Junior Assistant Professor, teaches courses in automation and robotics at the bachelor and master levels, and focuses his research on cable-driven robotics systems, continuum robots, automation, and mechanism design.
B.Sc. degree in Automation Engineering (with honors) at the University of Bologna and an M.Sc. degree in Robotics, Systems, and Control at the Institute of Technology (ETH) of Zurich.
After a couple of years working abroad as a software developer at GoPro Switzerland AG, he returns to the academy focusing his research as a Ph.D. student of Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science degree on computer vision and AI applied to collaborative robotics.
IT-guy of the team, besides education duties and software support to his colleagues’ work, Simone’s main activities are in collaboration with important companies of the territory. After a 3-year long affiliation with IMA S.p.A. R&I department for the ROSSINI EU project, he nows works as consultant with DataSensing S.r.l. R&D office.
Ph.D. student in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science at the University of Bologna, where she obtained her M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019. Before joining the Ph.D. program, she carried out a 6-month research assignment for Mark One S.r.l., a 3D-printing start-up company.
Her research focuses on the design and control of over-actuated Cable-Driven Parallel Robots for industrial applications. Besides, she has good experience in mechanical design and fast prototyping, with the use of additive manufacturing technology.
Roberto Di Leva
B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna. He was a visiting student at the Laboratoire de Robotique de l’Université Laval, Québec (Canada) and the winner of the graduation award in memory of Professor Ettore Funaioli in 2019.
After a research assignment in collaboration with IMA S.p.A., a leader in the design and manufacturing of automatic packaging machines, he began his Ph.D. program within the Department of Industrial Engineering, where he researches in the collaborative robotics field, with a particular focus on optimal motion control of serial manipulators and collision-free dual-arm object handling.
Paolo received his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna and a Specialising Master Degree in Space Systems Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
He spent 3 years in the industrial automation field, developing automatic machines and robots for packaging lines at IMA T&T. He then moved to the space field in the UK, working in SSTL as an optical systems engineer and subsequently in Airbus, where he works since 2017. He is currently chief engineer for planetary exploration missions.
His Ph.D. project is centered on the development of electromechanical systems for the exploration of Mars, in particular the Sample Fetch Rover of the Mars Sample Return campaign.
Federico received both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2017 and 2020, respectively, with a specialization curriculum in Mechanics of Automation and Robotics.
He was a research fellow at CIRI-MAM, Advanced Application in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Technology, where he collaborated on the development of a robotic manipulation system for the COORSA project. Federico collaborates with the Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes, where he is enrolled at the MathSTIC Ph.D program of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes.
Its research topics, as a Ph.D. student of Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science degree, are connected to industrial robotics and continuum parallel robot robots, with a focus on design, modelling, and workspace analysis of flexible parallel manipulators.
Luca received both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) at the University of Bologna in 2017 and 2020, respectively.
During his master thesis, he carried out an internship at Marchesini Group S.p.A., a leading company in the field of automatic packaging machines, where he is currently working as an industrial Ph.D. student sponsored by the company. He is enrolled in the Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science Ph.D. program at the University of Bologna.
His research activities focus on industrial automation, robotics, motion control, and the study of the dynamic behavior of mechanical and mechatronic systems.
Michele received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2018 and 2021, following a specialization curriculum in Mechanics of Automation and Robotics.
His master thesis project involved the design of feed-forward control for underactuated parallel cable robots and led him to join the research group as a Research Fellow.
His current research activity, in collaboration with L3Harris | Calzoni, aims at using cable robotics for the automatic recovery of cargo in marine applications.
Sara received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2018 and 2022, with a specialization in Mechanics of Automation and Robotics.
In her master’s thesis, she designed a homing algorithm and conducted a sensitivity analysis of direct kinematics to redundant sensor-measurement errors for an underpowered cable-driven parallel robot. This activity led her to join the research group as a Research Fellow from May to October 2022. From November 2022, she is enrolled in the Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science Ph.D. program at the University of Bologna.
Her current research activities include the study of sensors and algorithms for pose estimation of cable-driven parallel robot end-effectors.
Ph.D student in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science in collaboration with Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A. Giuseppe’s current research deal with innovative gearboxes for robotics applications.
Specialized in Mechatronics and Robotics, Giuseppe received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna and Roma “La Sapienza”, respectively.
During his thesis work, he actively participated in the realization (mechanical design, modeling, prototyping, and control) of a novel Cable-Driven Parallel Robot. The activity was carried out during six months internship at the LS2N laboratory of the École Centrale of Nantes (France).
Giovanni received his B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Salento and his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) at the University of Bologna. During his B.Sc. degree, he participated for 3 years in the university team of Formula Student in the electronics group of the team.
His master thesis project, developed with Marchesini Group S.p.A., concerned the optimization of an automatic machine both from a mechanical and a software point of view.
His current research activity, in collaboration with L3 Harris | Calzoni, is focused on the design and optimization of an electric auxiliary propulsion system for naval applications, with particular regard to magnetic and acoustic signatures.
Filippo received both B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Univesity of Bologna in 2020 and 2022 with a curriculum specialization in Mechanics of Automation and Robotics.
During his master thesis at the University of Bologna, he designed an innovative feedback position regulator for an Underactuated Cable-Driven Parallel Robot, and he carried out a preliminary experimentation on the prototype present at the IRMA L@B. Afterwards, he continued his studies by joining the team as a Research Fellow.
His current research activities are related to advanced control and mechatronics design of cable robots, for applications in automated construction and facade operations.
B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna, where he also completed his Ph.D. studies in 2019 (with honors). During his academic career, he spent a period at Université Laval (Canada), too.
He continued his collaboration with the university, first in Bologna and, since 2020, with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, as a Post-Doc research fellow, maintaining a close relationship with our group; he is also a contract professor for engineering courses at the University of Bologna.
His research topics range from the dynamics of cable-driven parallel robots to vibration analysis and machine diagnostics.
B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna.
He carried out a research fellowship activity based on the development of a mobile collaborative robotized system for the COORSA project and started his Ph.D. at the University of Bologna, where he addressed the state estimation of under-actuated Cable-Driven Parallel Robots (CDPR).
He then enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Gino’s research activity is focused on the dynamic analysis and control of robotized systems actuated by cables, such as tensegrities and multi-link CDPRs.
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Vincenzo Di Paola
Vincenzo received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2017 and 2020, respectively.
After a 6-month research fellowship at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Vincenzo is now a double-degree Ph.D. student in Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Genova (DIME) and Ecole Centrale de Nantes (LS2N). At present time, he is in collaboration with IRMA’s research group. His research focuses on Geometric and Adaptive Control and Tension Distribution Algorithms of Cable-Driven Platforms for collaborative manipulation purposes.
Assistant professor at SUSTech
Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. degree in Mechatronics from the School of Mechanical Engineering of Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, he was first appointed as a research assistant and later research associate at the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 2014 to 2019, he was appointed as a researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Bologna. He started his assistant professorship at SDIM of SUSTech in May 2019 where he runs the robotics lab.
R&D engineer at Marchesini Group s.p.a.
Alessandro received the M.Sc.degree in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) at the University of Bologna. In 2015 he received both the Ph.D. degree In Mechanics of machines and in Computer Science. He continued his work on parallel robots at the University of Bologna during two years of Post-Doc. Since 2017 he is a full-time employee in the R&D department at Marchesini Group S.p.A.. His main activities are related to automation and robotics for packaging machines.
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Pilot plant manager at BI-REX
Francesco received the M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) at the University of Bologna in 2012. He collaborated with Professor Carricato at the University of Bologna until 2019, while receiving his Ph.D. degree in automation and robotics in 2017. His main research topics were servomotors, energy efficiency, and robotics applied to automatic and packaging machines. Now he is the Pilot Plant Manager at BI-REX, the Italian Competence Center on Big Data, where he works on the integration of innovative technologies in an industrial environment
Mechanical designer at IMA Automation
Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master Degree in Mechanics of Automation and Robotics curriculum at the University of Bologna. After approaching mobile robotics during the master thesis, in particular focusing on the study and the development of collaborative mobile manipulators suitable for industrial environments, he decided to extend his activity as a research fellow at Bi-Rex Competence Center. He is currently working at IMA Automation as a mechanical design engineer. His work is mainly focused on the design of automatic machineries and production lines for assembling of electric motors and batteries.
Mechanical designer at IMA Coffee
B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna. In his research fellowship at the University of Bologna, in partnership with the Competence Center BI-REX, his focus was on the development of Augmented Reality applications to provide to an inline operator suggestions on logistic tasks such as warehouse picking and assembly assistance. He is currently working at IMA Coffee as mechanical design engineer. His main activity is the design and simulation of automatic machines for packaging coffee capsules.
Mechanical designer at IMA Automation
Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna. Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Automation and Robotics at the University of Bologna. He worked as research fellow at the University of Bologna: his research was focused on the integration between collaborative and mobile robots in partnership with the Competence Center BI-REX. He is currently working at IMA Automation as mechanical design engineer. His work concerns the design and production of assembly lines for automotive and e-mobility markets.