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The SoftGrip afterglow at ICRA 2024

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It’s always great for the SoftGrip project to travel around the globe. This time, the ICRA 2024 Workshop on Agri-Robotics was the end point of our journey. The event focused on integrating robotics in agriculture to address food production and sustainability challenges.

On May 13, 2024, the seminar covered various subjects, including the application of soft robotics in food handling, the use of machine vision in precision agriculture, and the ethical considerations surrounding agri-robotics. It also included presentations by industry experts, panel debates, and poster sessions, all aimed at encouraging cooperation between researchers and industry representatives to enhance agricultural methods. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presented potential cost-effective solutions for low-income countries. Hedgehog Foods highlighted the use of robotics in the mushroom industry.

The SoftGrip presence was strong in the workshop since our project coordinator, Prof. Matteo Cianchetti (SSSA), was also one of the workshop's organizers, accompanied by Dr Martina Masell and Niccolo Pagliarani, who were the programme committee members. During the workshop, our Thanasis Mastrogeorgiou (TWI Hellas) gave a presentation on the research work done on computer vision for automated harvesting, an integral part of our SoftGrip system.

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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