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The SoftGrip mission at the NSIRC Research & Innovation Conference 2023

NSIRC SoftGrip

Konstantinos Vasios, a member of our consortium and a second-year PhD student at the University of Essex, was a speaker at this year’s conference organised by theNational Structural Integrity Research Centre, presenting his work on” Bridging the Simulation to Reality Gap in Robotics”. The event occurred at the TWI Ltd headquarters in Cambridge, UK, between June 14th and 15th of June, 2023. Its focus centres on industry-led postgraduate research that aspires to provide solutions to current technology challenges.

The presentation, closely linked to the SoftGrip project work, discusses the design of a simulation environment for the manipulation task, the exploration of sim2real techniques for the real-world system setup and proposes an innovative control pipeline encapsulating the simulation as a training platform but also as a live, in-situ, abstraction layer. This research aims to bring SoftGrip a step closer to the successful harvesting of mushrooms by identifying the best possible way to handle, outroot, and approach their delicate nature.

To check out the full paper: PDF of the poster


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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