People & Awards

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

Full Professor

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 coordinator of the Ph.D. degree in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Sciences at the University of Bologna and 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 the screw theory.

Useful links:
Personal website

Drop me an e-mail: marco.carricato@unibo.it

Edoardo Idà

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.
Head of the lab, after completing his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science, he now holds a position as Post Doc, focusing his research interests on cable-driven robotics systems.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: edoardo.ida2@unibo.it

Simone Comari

Ph.D. student

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 IMA S.p.A. R&I department.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: simone.comari@unibo.it

Valentina Mattioni

Ph.D. student

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.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: valentina.mattioni@unibo.it

Roberto Di Leva

Ph.D. student

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.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: roberto.dileva@unibo.it

Federico Zaccaria

Ph.D. student

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 for 6 months 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.
Its research topics as a Ph.D. student of Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Science degree are connected to industrial robotics with a special focus on parallel manipulators, parallel continuum robots, and their mechanical design.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: federico.zaccaria3@unibo.it

Luca Guagliumi

Ph.D. student

Luca received both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering 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.
His research activities focus on industrial automation, robotics, motion control, and the study of the dynamic behavior of mechanical and mechatronic systems.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: luca.guagliumi3@unibo.it

Paolo Ridolfi

Ph.D. student

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 as a senior mechanisms engineer, focusing on high-end 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.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: paolo.ridolfi2@unibo.it

Michele Angelini

Research Fellow

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.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: michele.angelini2@unibo.it

Giovanni Andriani

Research Fellow

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.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: giovanni.andriani2@unibo.it

Sara Gabaldo

Research Fellow

Sara received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2018 and 2022, with a specialisation 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.
Her current research activities include the study of sensors and algorithms for pose estimation of cable-driven parallel robot end-effectors.

Useful links:
Personal website
LinkedIn

Drop me an e-mail: sara.gabaldo3@unibo.it


External Collaborators

Wu Yuanqing

Assistant professor

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. 
His research interests include the application of modern differential geometry in kinematics and conceptual design of robot mechanisms, parallel robots, geometric methods in modeling, planning, and control of robot manipulators, robot kinematic calibration, and geometric algebra computing.

Useful links:
Personal website SUSTech
Linkedin

Drop me an e-mail:
wu.yq@innoxsz.com

Giovanni Mottola

Post Doc

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.

Useful links:
Personal website UNIBO
Personal website UNIMORE
Linkedin

Drop me an e-mail: giovanni.mottola3@unibo.it  gmottola@unimore.it 

Gino Innero

Ph.D. student

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.

Drop me an e-mail: 1155149687@link.cuhk.edu.hk

Vincenzo Di Paola

PhD student

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 Ph.D. student at the Department of Mechanical, Energy, Management, and Transportation Engineering (DIME) of the University of Genova. At present time in Bologna in collaboration with IRMA’s research group, his main research interests focus on Aerial Cable-Driven Parallel Robot for collaborative manipulation purposes.

Useful links:
Personal website UNIGE

Drop me an e-mail: vincenzo.dipaola3@unibo.it