PERCRO Laboratory – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Via Alamanni, 13b
56010, San Giuliano Terme – Ghezzano (Pisa), Italy

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Dr. Daniele Leonardis

Assistant Professor

Percro Laboratory - TeCIP Institute - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Italy


Daniele Leonardis is Assistant Professor in the HRI area of the Percro Laboratory.
His research activity involves design and development of wearable haptic devices to render the sense of touch in teleoperation, virtual environments, and neuro-rehabilitation.
In the neuro-rehabilitation scenario, he is also involved in develeopment  of human-machine-interfaces using biosignals to modulate assistance robotic exoskeletons.
His latest research interests, stemmed from projects in the haptic feedback and teleoperation, deal with assistive devices for blind people and with remote teleoperation and inspection applied to disaster response and industrial fields.


  1. January 2015

    Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies and Robotics cum laude

    Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
  2. 2009

    MSc in Automation Engineering cum laude

    Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
  3. 2007

    BSc in Automation Engineering cum laude

    Polytechnic of Bari, Italy

Professional Experience

  1. 2015-2019
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow
    Superiore Sant’Anna, Perceptual Robotics Laboratory
  2. November 2013 - May 2014
    Visiting PhD Student
    NxR Laboratory, Northwestern University, Chiacago IL - US
  3. 2010-2014
    PhD Student
    Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Percro Laboratory
  4. 2009-2010
    Field Engineer
    Waveng srl

  • 2011
    Second place at international competition “Inventare il futuro”, category “Infanzia, terza età e disabilità”
    University of Bologna and "Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna"
  • 2013
    Second place with project "Braille Printer"
    Startcup Toscana 2013
  • 2014
    Second place
    “Premio Perotto-Zucca – Premio Nazionale per l’innovazione nell’ICT”
  • 2018
    Finalist for “Best Hands-On-Demo Award”
    Eurohaptics 2018 conference, with demo titled "Haptic display for inclusion"
  • 2015
    Finalist for “Best Hands-On-Demo Award”
    Eurohaptics 2016 conference, with demo titled "Wearable Fingertip Devices for Rendering Cutaneous Force Feedback in Virtual Manipulation"
  • 2013
    First place at Italian call “Smart Cities and Communities and Social Innovation”, category “Progetti di Social Innovation”
    Italian MIUR, with project Braille Lab
  • 2015
    Finalist for Best Paper Award
    ICORR 2015 with paper titled: A full upper limb robotic exoskeleton for reaching and grasping rehabilitation triggered by MI-BCI