University of Essex


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United Kingdom

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The University of Essex (UESS) is gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and we're in the top 25 for research quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. We’re committed to excellence in research for the benefit of individuals, communities, and the industry, and we provide extensive open access to our research repository.
The Essex Artificial Intelligence Innovation Centre brings together the research skills, expertise and technologies across our Faculty of Humanities, Science and Health, and Social Sciences to address the grand challenges facing citizens, workers, and all those technologists in sectors undergoing the digital transformation to create new – or modify existing - business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements. We have the ambition of developing a sustainable funding model for our research fit for the rigours of the emerging UK research environment. We reach beyond the confines of academia as we have a clear mandate to work with business partners in the UK and overseas. We’re different because we bring a commercial mind-set to our work. We start with and are responsive to business needs. We work hard to make sure they are getting the outputs they need, when they need them. We’re not bound by tradition and offer fresh perspective and innovation in all we do.

The SoftGrip Project Team

Panagiotis Chatzakos Uess


Panagiotis Chatzakos
Professor - Principal Investigator

Konstantinos Vasios Uess


Konstantinos Vasios

Antonis Porichis Uess


Antonis Porichis

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Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA),
The BioRobotics Institute
V.Le R. Piaggio, 34
56025 Pontedera,


Project Management

Project Coordinator
Matteo Cianchetti
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute

Project Manager
Martina Maselli
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute

Dissemination & Exploitation Manager
Marianna Vari
Twi Ellas Astiki Mi Kerdoskopiki Etaireia

Project Info

Starting date: January 2021
Duration: 36 months
Funding: ~ 3 M€
Coordinator: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA),
The BioRobotics Institute
Partners: 6 from 5 EU countries

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101017054