May 10yh, 9:30 a.m.


Room0.6, Padiglione Buccola-Bisi, Campus San Lazzaro (via G. Amendola 2, Reggio Emilia)

Talk 1 – Dexterous manipulation and safe interaction from service to surgical robotics by Fanny Ficuciello:

Dexterous manipulation as well as safe and effective human-robot interaction contribute to improve robot autonomy in unstructured and complex environments. The talk is divided in two parts. The first part is dedicated to bio-inspired design and control of human-like tools to enhance manipulation skills and to reproduce human’s abilities. Besides humanoid robots and prosthetics applications, other areas such as the mini-invasive laparoscopic surgery could benefit by the use of suitably designed tools to facilitate surgical maneuvers. The second part of the talk is dedicated to interaction control and illustrates solutions for intuitive and safe human-robot cooperative task execution in surgical and service scenarios.

Talk 2 – Haptic-based shared-control telerobotics: industrial and surgical perspectives by Mario Selvaggio

Haptic-based shared-control telerobotic systems are designed to assist human operators in carrying out increasingly complex tasks in challenging and unstructured environments. Targeted applications involve remote manipulation using single/multiple arms in both industrial and surgical settings. The design of effective haptic-shared control methods still represents a big scientific challenge. In this talk, recent advancements in the development of haptic-based shared-control telerobotic systems are presented.


Fanny Ficuciello received the Laurea degree magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Computer and Automation Engineering both at University of Naples Federico II in 2007 and 2010 respectively. From September 2009 to March 2010 she was a visiting scholar in the Control Engineering Group at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activities are focused on biomechanical design and bio-aware control strategies for anthropomorphic artificial hands, grasping and manipulation with hand/arm and dual arm robotic systems, human-robot interaction control, variable impedance control and redundancy resolution strategies. Recently, she is responsible of surgical robotics research at ICAROS center (Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic Surgery) of University of Naples Federico II. She was the recipient of a National Grant within the “Programma STAR Linea 1” under which she was the PI of the MUSHA project. She is responsible of the research objective “MRI-TRUS fusion algorithms and control strategies for robot-assisted biopsy” for the national project “Bioptic Advanced Robotic Technologies in OncoLOgy – B.A.R.T.O.LO”. Since 2008 she is a Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and a Senior Member since 2017. Since 2018 she is in the Technology Committee of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES). Currently she serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-Ro) and of Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics (JIST).

Mario Selvaggio received the Bachelor and the Master degrees (magna  cum  laude) in mechanical engineering, in 2013 and 2015, respectively, from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in information technology and electrical engineering at the same university. In 2014, he was a master thesis student with Fraunhofer IGD, Darmstadt, Germany, and in 2016, he was an intern with the Department of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Genova, Italy. During the Ph.D., he spent two short periods as visiting student at IRISA, INRIA Rennes (Equipe de Recherche Lagadic and Rainbow team) in 2017 and 2018.
His research activities focus on shared control, robotic teleoperation, port-Hamiltonian modeling, passivity-based control, grasping and manipulation.

Manipulation, safe interaction and shared-control in surgical robotics