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Matteo Laffranchi

Coordinator of Robotics
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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab
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Matteo Laffranchi is Coordinator of Robotics 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
2014
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
2013
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
2013
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
2022
Buccelli S., Tessari F., Fanin F., De Guglielmo L., Capitta G., Piezzo C., Bruschi A., Van Son F., Scarpetta S., Succi A., Rossi P., Maludrottu S., Barresi G., Creatini I., Taglione E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
A Gravity‐Compensated Upper‐Limb Exoskeleton for Functional Rehabilitation of the Shoulder Complex
Applied Sciences (Switzerland), vol. 12, (no. 7)
Article Journal
2022
Puliti M., Tessari F., Galluzzi R., Traverso S., Tonoli A., De Michieli L., Laffranchi M.
A Hybrid Swing-Assistive Electro-Hydrostatic Bionic Knee Design
IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Article in Press Conference
2022
Bruni G., Bucchieri A., Tessari F., Boccardo N., Marinelli A., De Momi E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
A Multi-Body Model of an upper-limb prosthesis for grip force estimation and related object interaction application
IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Article in Press Conference
2022
Guercini L., Tessari F., Driessen J., Buccelli S., Pace A., De Giuseppe S., Traverso S., De Michieli L., Laffranchi M.
An Over-Actuated Bionic Knee Prosthesis: Modeling, Design and Preliminary Experimental Characterization
Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 5467-5473
Conference Paper Conference
2022
Caserta G., Boccardo N., Freddolini M., Barresi G., Marinelli A., Canepa M., Stedman S., Lombardi L., Laffranchi M., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Benefits of the Cybathlon 2020 experience for a prosthetic hand user: a case study on the Hannes system
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 19, (no. 1)
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Awards and Achievements
2022
Maludrottu S., Laffranchi M., Vassallo C., Vaccaro R., De Michieli L.
iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 - Twin Exoskeleton
2021
Laffranchi M., Traverso S., Vaccaro R., Maludrottu S., Poli F., De Bartolomeis L., Diamanti G., Gruppioni E., De Michieli L.
Good Design
2020
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
2020
Laffranchi M.
Robotics 2020 Young Investigator Award
2020
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