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Matteo Laffranchi

Technologist - Principal Investigator
Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab
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Matteo Laffranchi is Coordinator at Rehab Technologies Lab, IIT. His main works focus on the development of novel mechatronic systems for robotic applications.

He received a Master's Degree in mechatronic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2006 and a PhD in robotics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2011. Following a brief experience in the automation industry at OSAI A. S., in the period 2008-2011 he has been Research Fellow and Post-Doc researcher from 2011 to 2014 at the department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology. At ADVR, he spent 6 years developing compliant actuation systems for robotics and robots (CompAct actuators, CompAct arm) for safe physical human-robot interaction. 

Since 2014, he works at Rehab Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, with specific focus on the development of novel healthcare robots, particularly robotic prostheses and exoskeletons (Hannes, Pro-Leg, Twin, Float). He now manages the activities related to robotics research and product development within the lab starting from 2016.

Along with research and development, he is also involved in technology transfer activities and in entrepreneurial projects to bring the developed technology to the medical and industrial robotics industries since 2012.

Experience External

Title: Mechatronic Engineer
Institute: Osai AS
Location: Parella (TO)
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2008

Top Publications
Laffranchi M., Chen L., Kashiri N., Lee J., Tsagarakis N.G., Caldwell D.G.
Development and control of a series elastic actuator equipped with a semi active friction damper for human friendly robots
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 62, (no. 12), pp. 1827-1836
Article Journal
Laffranchi M., Tsagarakis N.G., Caldwell D.G.
CompAct™ arm: A compliant manipulator with intrinsic variable physical damping
Robotics: Science and Systems, vol. 8, pp. 225-232
Conference Paper Conference
Vanderborght B., Albu-Schaeffer A., Bicchi A., Burdet E., Caldwell D.G., Carloni R., Catalano M., Eiberger O., Friedl W., Ganesh G., Garabini M., Grebenstein M., Grioli G., Haddadin S., Hoppner H., Jafari A., Laffranchi M., Lefeber D., Petit F., Stramigioli S., Tsagarakis N., Van Damme M., Van Ham R., Visser L.C., Wolf S.
Variable impedance actuators: A review
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 61, (no. 12), pp. 1601-1614
All Publications
Marinelli A., Canepa M., Di Domenico D., Gruppioni E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L., Chiappalone M., Semprini M., Boccardo N.
A comparative optimization procedure to evaluate pattern recognition algorithms on hannes prosthesis
Neurocomputing, vol. 569
Article Journal
Bodo G., Tessari F., Buccelli S., Laffranchi M.
A Rapid Control Prototyping and Hardware-in-the Loop Approach for Upper Limb Robotic Exoskeletons Control.
Applied Science, vol. 14, (no. 5)
Boccardo N., Canepa M., Stedman S., Lombardi L., Marinelli A., Domenico D.D., Galviati R., Gruppioni E., Michieli L.D., Laffranchi M.
Development of a 2-DoFs Actuated Wrist for Enhancing the Dexterity of Myoelectric Hands
IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, vol. 6, (no. 1), pp. 257-270
Article Journal
Marinelli A., Boccardo N., Tessari F., Di Domenico D., Caserta G., Canepa M., Gini G., Barresi G., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L., Semprini M.
Active upper limb prostheses: a review on current state and upcoming breakthroughs
Progress in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 5, (no. 1)
Mariani G., Tessari F., Ferraresi C., Lucania E., Tauro R.L., Freddolini M., Traverso S., Cherubini A., Gruppioni E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L., Barresi G.
An Augmented Cooperative Setting for Training the Embodiment of an Artificial Lower Limb
Conference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, pp. 1549-1554
Conference Paper Conference
Awards and Achievements
Maludrottu S., Laffranchi M., Vassallo C., Vaccaro R., De Michieli L.
iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 - Twin Exoskeleton
Laffranchi M., Traverso S., Vaccaro R., Maludrottu S., Poli F., De Bartolomeis L., Diamanti G., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Good Design
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Lince A., Semprini M., Saglia J.A., Naceri A., Sacchetti R., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Compasso d'oro
Laffranchi M.
Robotics 2020 Young Investigator Award
Laffranchi M., Boccardo N., Traverso S., Lombardi L., Canepa M., Lince A., Semprini M., Saglia J.A., Naceri A., Sacchetti R., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
XXVI Compasso d'oro