Bionics Engineering: Achievements and Challenges


Paolo Dario

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

11:30 – 12:30
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Space 1 & 2



Bionics engineering is a new frontier of biomedical engineering. The term “bionics” is increasingly used at international level to indicate the research area which integrates the most advanced bioengineering and robotics technologies with life sciences, such as medicine, biology and neuroscience, with the ultimate goal of inventing and deploying a new generation of biomimetic machines, human-centered healthcare and (more generally) assistive technologies. In this talk the history, definitions and evolution of bionics engineering will be illustrated, and numerous examples will be given of research lines and medical applications, including bio-inspired and biomimetic robots that are capable of reproducing both human and animal functions; systems able to mimic the natural senses; neural prostheses and neural interfaces; advanced prosthetic and orthotic devices for movement assistance and rehabilitation of disabled persons; systems for minimally invasive therapy and regenerative medicine; social robots and smart environments for assisted living, active ageing and wellbeing; and artificial organs.


Paolo Dario is Professor of Biomedical Robotics, Director of the BioRobotics Institute and Director of the PhD Program in BioRobotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. He received his Dr Eng Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa and has been and is visiting researcher, professor and fellow at various universities and scientific institutions in Europe, USA and Asia. His current research interests are in the field of bio-robotics and bionics, and include surgical robotics, micro/nano devices for endoscopy, bio-inspired devices and systems, and assistive and companion robots. Paolo Dario is the author of 330+ journal publications (Scopus), his H-Index is 49 (Scopus), and in March 2015 he was identified by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine as the second most influent scientist in robotics worldwide according to degree centrality and bibliometric criteria. He is co-author of 50+ international patents and co-founder of 5 start-up companies. Paolo Dario has been the coordinator of many large national and European projects. He served as Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of many international journals in biomedical engineering and in robotics. Paolo Dario is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the European Society on Medical and Biological Engineering. He served as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and is currently the Chair of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on BioRobotics.