Simplicity and Complexity
Giuseppe (28), a researcher at the University of Pisa, presented himself and his work at the 14th edition of RomeCup. The researcher efficiently and simply explained how he developed a robotic hand with “nineteen degrees of freedom,” just like the human hand. This one, however, is controlled by a single motor that opens and closes five fingers through a long tendon connected to individual elastic bands. This allows it to adapt to the shape of objects, both naturally and robustly.
The project for the robotic hand was developed by applying a different approach, “an anti-disciplinary one drawing from various different areas, including neurosciences, pyscho-physics, mechatronics, control theory and robotics. It’s the great challenge of consilience, working towards shared knowledge by merging different knowledge, know-how and skills.”
Giuseppe Averta receives the “Georges Giralt PhD Award” as best European doctoral thesis on robotics
by Alfonso Molina
HuffPost, April 30, 2021