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Paolo DARIO, Italy

Paolo Dario is Professor of Biomedical Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. He has been Visiting Professor at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland; at the École Normale Superieure de Cachan, France; at the College de France, Paris, France; at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; and at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He was the founder and is the coordinator of the ARTS (Advanced Robotics Technologies and Systems) Laboratory and of the CRIM (Center for the Research in Microengineering) Laboratory of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where he supervises a team of about 120 researchers and PhD. students. He is currently the Director of the Polo Sant’Anna Valdera, the Science Park of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

His main research interests are in the fields of medical robotics, bio-robotics, mechatronics and micro/nano engineering, and specifically in sensors and actuators for the above applications, and in robotics for rehabilitation. He is the coordinator of many national and European projects, the editor of two books on the subject of robotics, and the author of more than 250 scientific papers (180 on ISI journals). He has been and is Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of many international journals. He has been program chair and plenary invited speaker in many international conferences.

Prof. Dario has served as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in the years 2002-2003, and as Chair of many Technical Committees of the same Society. Prof. Dario is an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the European Society on Medical and Biological Engineering, and a recipient of many honors and awards, such as the Joseph Engelberger Award. He is also a member of the Board of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.

He has been the General Chair of the 1991 ICAR Conference, of the 1st IEEE RAS/EMBS Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2006), of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2007).

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