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SoftGrip joins the “AI for Good” webinar

AI For Good

“AI for Good” is the leading action-oriented, global, and inclusive United Nations platform on Artificial Intelligence, organised by the International Telecommunication Union in partnership with 40 UN sister agencies and co-convened with Switzerland.

Our SoftGrip project, through our coordinator Matteo Cianchetti, Assistant Professor in The BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, has participated in the “AI for Good” webinar on February 14th 2023. More specifically, he was asked to be part of the panel “Exploring the future of biologically-inspired soft robots for good” to present our project mission, (soft) robotics work and overall technological approach to delicate grasping. The webinar aims to provide fertile ground for AI innovators and problem owners to connect and exchange ideas on novel ideas and social impact initiatives. This way, Sustainable Development Goals can be prioritised with the help of AI to bring about beneficial results for the society and industrial world.

Matteo Cianchetti was part of a panel comprised of Dr Barbara Mazzolai (Associate Director for Robotics and Director of the Bioinspired Soft Robotics Laboratory at Institute Italiano di Tecnologia), Dr Robert Katzschmann (Assistant Professor and Director of Soft Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich) and Dr Hannah Stuart (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Berkeley).

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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