PERCRO Laboratory - Scuola Sant'Anna
Via Alamanni, 13b
Via Alamanni, 13b 56010, San Giuliano Terme - Ghezzano (Pisa), Italy

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Prof. Antonio Frisoli

Full Professor
Head of Human-Robot Interaction area
President of ARTES 4.0

PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory
Institute of Mechanical Intelligence
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa-Italy


Antonio Frisoli (Eng., PhD) is an academic and Italian scientist. Full Professor of Robotics and Engineering Mechanics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa-Italy, where he is the Director of the Human-Robot Interaction area at PERCRO laboratory of TeCIP Institute and the President of Artes 4.0 Italian National Competence Center on Robotics and Industry 4.0, that gathers more than 130 italian industries in the area of industry 4.0 enabling technologies. He received his PhD (2002) with honours in Industrial and Information Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and the MSc (1998) in Mechanical Engineering, minor Robotics, from University of Pisa-Italy (CV here).
Antonio Frisoli’s research interests are in the field of human-robot interaction and cooperative/collaborative robotics, with particular focus on the design and control of wearable robotic systems, rehabilitation robotics, human motor control and haptic devices, virtual reality and teleoperation, advanced human computer interfaces for training, robot and intelligent machine design, robotic drones and unmanned vehicles for industrial applications.
He is an IEEE senior member and a recognized international expert in the international scientific community in the area of robotics and haptics, where he holds numerous positions in scientific boards and societies, such as ICORR society, Eurohaptics society, Technical Committee on Haptics and many others. He is Chief Scientifc Officer and co-founder of Wearble Robotics srl, a leading international company operating in the development and commercialization of new exoskeleton robots.
He has been responsible and PI of numerous scientific and industrial research projects for SSSA, including European and national projects.
In the field of robotics and haptics he acts as associated editor in numerous international journals, such as IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and MIT Press Presence. and conferences, such as IEEE Worldhaptics, IEEE Roman, IEEE Haptic Symposium among many others. He has been the general chair of the Eurohaptics 2018 conference in Pisa and has been the former chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (2012-2014) and Human-Machine Interaction summer school HMISS 2017.
He is author of more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and scientific journals, he has been acknowleged among the top italian scientist. He has a google scholar h-index of 39 with more thna 4,000 citations.

CV available [pdf]


  1. July 2002

    Phd in Robotics cun laude

    Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  2. December 1998

    Diploma of Engineering

    Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  3. July 1998

    MSc in Mechanical Engineeering cum laude, minor Robotics

    University of Pisa, Italy

Professional Appointments

  1. 2017-current
    Full Professor of Engineering Mechanics and Robotics
    Scuola Sant'Anna
  2. 2022-current
    Artes 4.0 Italian National Competence Center on Robotics and Industry 4.0
  3. 2012-2017
    Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics and Robotics
    Scuola Sant'Anna
  4. 2015-current
    Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder
    Wearable Robotics
  5. 2003-2009
    Assistant Professor Robotics
    Scuola Sant'Anna

Awards & Prizes

  • 2017
    Best Student Paper Award at IEEE Worldhaptics 2017 held in Munich for the paper "Proxy-based haptic rendering for underactuated haptic devices" by Lobo, Daniel; Saraç, Mine; Verschoor, Mickeal and Solazzi, Massimiliano and Frisoli, Antonio and Otaduy, Miguel A
    IEEE Worldhatpics 2017
  • 2018
    2018 Third place Student Challenge in Automotive Haptics sponsored by Huyndai, Asia Haptics 2018 "Haptic Gearshift’s Engagement Assistant: Haptic Knob and Pedal to Improve the Gearshift’s Engagement Maneuvers",Domenico Chiaradia, Antonio Di Guardo, Antonio Frisoli
    AsiaHaptics 2018
  • 2016
    2016 Best Demonstration Award Finalist at Eurohaptics 2016 with hand-on demo Wearable Fingertip Devices for Rendering Cutaneous Force Feedback in Virtual Manipulation, Daniele Leonardis, Massimiliano Solazzi, Ilaria Bortone, Antonio Frisoli
    Eurohaptics 2016
  • 2016
    2016 Best paper award at ICNVE 2016 : 18th International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering "A Detection Method of Faults in Railway Pantographs Based on Dynamic Phase Plots" G. Santamato, M. Solazzi, A. Frisoli
    ICVNE 2016
  • 2014
    IEEE RAS most active "Most active technical committee of the Year " for his role as chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics
  • 2015
    2015 Best paper finalist at the conference IEEE ICORR 2015, Singapore Barsotti , M .; Leonardis , D .; Loconsole , C .; Solazzi , M .; Sotgiu , E .; Procopio , C .; Chisari , C .; Bergamasco , M .; Frisoli , A. , " A full upper limb robotic exoskeleton for reaching and grasping rehabilitation triggered by MI - BCI , " in Rehabilitation Robotics ( corr ) , 2015 IEEE International Conference on , vol . , No. , Pp.49-54 , 11 -14 Aug. 2015