Prof. Arianna Menciassi, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna
Arianna Menciassi obtained the M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Pisa in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) in 1999. She became Associate Professor of Industrial Bioengineering in 2006, in the same institution. Currently, she is with The BioRobotics Institute of the SSSA where she is Area Leader of “Surgical Robotics & Allied Technologies”.
Prof. Menciassi teaches at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Pisa University (Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering). She was visiting professor at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besancon (F) in 2013 and she is visiting professor at the Université Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris in 2014.
She carries on an intense research and training activity at high level (master candidates in biomedical engineering, PhD students, etc.). She is normally tutor of more than 15 students.
Her main research interests involve biomedical robotics, surgical robotics, microsystem technology, nanotechnology and micromechatronics, with a special attention to the synergy between robot-assisted therapy and bioengineering-related solutions. She carries on an important activity of scientific management of several projects, European and extra-European, thus implying many collaborations abroad. She is co-author of more than 200 scientific publications (more than 120 on ISI journals) and 6 book chapters on biomedical robots/devices and microtechnology. She is Co-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics and she served and is serving in the Editorial Board of several journals (IEEE/ASME TMECH, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, J. of Micro-BioRobotics, etc.)
In the year 2007, she received the Well-tech Award (Milan, Italy) for her researches on endoscopic capsules, and she was awarded by the Tuscany Region with the Gonfalone D’Argento, as one of the best 10 young talents of the region.
Arianna Menciassi, PhD
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna  
+39 050 883418/400

Endoluminal and endocavitary robots: some examples for combining flexibility and dexterity
This talk will focus on the design of endoluminal and endocavitary robots with enhanced flexibility, which is obtained by combining soft materials with fluidic actuation. Starting from previous developments of bioinspired inchworm locomotion robots for colonoscopy, the speaker will present the current approach to develop surgical manipulators without rigid links and with controllable stiffness. 
Thus, an analysis about the difficulties of combining flexibility with dexterity will be presented. A reconfigurable endocavitary platform will be finally presented: in this case, reconfiguration can answer the need of flexibility, by changing the approach from soft and controllable materials to miniature assembling bricks for building multiple and variegated surgical robots.

Relevant publications

[1] L. Phee, D. Accoto, A. Menciassi, C. Stefanini, M. C. Carrozza, P. Dario, “Analysis and Development of Locomotion Devices for the Gastrointestinal Tract” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Volume: 49 Issue: 6 , Jun. 2002, pp. 613 -616.

[2] M. Cianchetti, T. Ranzani, G. Gerboni, I. De Falco, C. Laschi, A. Menciassi, “STIFF-FLOP surgical manipulator: Mechanical design and experimental characterization of the single module”, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2013, pp. 3576 – 3581.

[3] G. Tortora, P. Dario, A. Menciassi, “Array of Robots Augmenting the Kinematics of Endocavitary Surgery”, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2014, doi: 10.1109/TMECH.2013.2296531.