Academic career and teaching activities

Current Positions: 

  • Asociate Professor, , Mechanics of Machines (Meccanica Applicata alle Macchine): Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Trento (Nov 2016 - present).
  • Affiliate Researcher (Ricercatore Affiliato), TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Mar 2017 - present). 

​Previous Positions: 

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanics of Machines (Meccanica Applicata alle Macchine) TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (Oct 2014 – Oct 2016)
  • Adjunct Professor (Docente a contratto), Mechanics of Transducers course (ING/IND-13), University of Pisa (2013- 2017).
  • Assistant Professor, (Meccanica Applicata alle Macchine), TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (2008-2014);
  • Postdoctoral Associate (Assegnista), PERCRO Laboratory, Pisa, Italy (2007-2008).
  • Ph.D. Researcher in Innovative Technologies, (Perfezionando), Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (2004-2007).
Research interests
  • Smart material transducers design and experimental characterization 
  • Innovative devices for energy harvesting 
  • Mechanical design of advanced mechanisms and mechantronic systems for robotics
  • Machine haptics 
Research work


  •  EOLO Project: as collaborator at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (as Affiliate Researcher) in the . Fundinng Agency: Regione Toscana. 
  • LEAP: Liquid-Based Electroactive Polymers 

Completed projects:

  • WETFEET: Wave Energy Transition to Future through Evolution of Engineering Tools (May 2015 - May 2018). Role: WP Leader. Funding Agency: European Commission (H2020).  
  • PolySubme: Direct contact dielectric elastomer PTO for submerged wave energy converters. (Nov 2015 – Apr 2016), Role: Coordinator of the Consortium and PI; Funding Agency: Wave Energy Scotland. 
  • SEATERMINALS: Smart, Energy-Efficient and Adaptive Port Terminals (Mar. 2014 – Jan 2016); Role: Resp. of the activities of TeCIP Institute; Funding Agency: European Commission (TEN-T Program) 
  • PolyWEC – Polymeric Wave Energy Harvesting (Nov. 2012 - 2016); Role: Coordinator of the consortium; Funding Agency: European Com. (FET-ENERGY –FP7).
  • GREENCRANE: Green Technologies Alternatives for Cranes in Ports (Aug. 2012 - Mar. 2014); Role: Resp. of the activities of TeCIP Institute; Funding Agency:European Commission (TEN-T Program)
  • Smart Rudder (Nov 2011- Mar 2013); Role: Principal Investigator; Funding Agency: Private Industry (Selmar S.r.l.) 
  • VERITAS: Virtual And Augmented Environments To Achieve Accessible Designs (2009 -2013); Role: WP leader and resp. of the activities; Funding Agency: European Commission (FP7 ICT – 247765) 
Memberships in societies and scientific committees

Member of: 

  • ASME  
  • SPIE  
  • Gruppo di Meccanica Applicata 
  • Associazione ex-allievi della Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna 
Awards and honours
  • Invited talk at ASME 2017 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems SMASIS17, Sept 2017, Snowbird, Utah, USA. 
  • 2014, Co-Author of a paper awarded with Candidate Best Student Demonstration Paper Finalist, ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems SMASIS14.
  • 2013, Co-Author of a paper awarded with Best Paper Award, RO-MAN: 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2013.
  • 2009, Main author of a paper awarded with Candidate Best Paper Finalist, 2nd Place, KUKA Service Robotics Best Paper Award, 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. 
  • 2003, Industrial engineering professional qualification, Università of Pisa (Sept 2003).
  • 2003, Premio Ultimo Novecento (Ultimo Novecento Award), best diploma thesis in Experimental Science of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (29 Nov 2003)
Other work

Evaluation Panel Member: 

  • Review Panel member Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Département Energie Durable (2014 & 2016)
  • Review Panel member, Ministry Of Science Technology And Space Of The State Of Israel, Chemistry & Energy division (2014)