Grasping with Soft Hands
In this talk I will revisit some of the classical techniques and results of grasp analysis and synthesis, in the light of new approaches to the design of robot hands using the concept of soft synergies. Although it appears that many of the classical tools are inapplicable to soft hands as they were defined, I will show that, with suitable changes, they are still fundamental for achieving much needed analysis and synthesis tools for soft manipulation.
Antonio Bicchi is Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, and Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems in general. He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, which he started in 2015. He has co-organized and chaired the first WorldHaptics Conference (2005). He served as Program Chair of the IEEE Int.. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA’15), and Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (2007). He served as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control (2012-2013), as Editor in Chief of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). He is the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2012, he was awarded with an individual Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for his research on human and robot hands.
Interdepartmental Research Center “E. Piaggio”
Faculty of Engineering
University of Pisa
Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1
56122 Pisa, Italy