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Edoardo Sinibaldi

Chief Technician

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Bioinspired Soft Robotics




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Edoardo Sinibaldi received a BSc/MSc in Aerospace Engineering (with Honors) from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2002, after an internship period at Rolls-Royce plc (Derby, UK) during which he studied computational geometry methods for air-breathing engines applications. In 2006 he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics for Technology and Industry (with Honors) from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, where he developed numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics, with application to cavitating flows in liquid propellant rocket engines. Then he moved to Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa (The BioRobotics Institute), holding a post-doctoral position until October 2009. During the period, he was strongly involved in competitive fundraising and project technical management (national and European projects in the ICT and MNP areas).

He is with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) since November 2009, formerly as Senior Post-Doc then Researcher at the IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics. Since January 2019 he holds a permanent position as Chief Technician. His research activity bridges modeling (at large, and in particular for biomedical applications), model-based design (in particular for flexible tools) and bioinspired soft robotics (at large, and in particular bioinspired actuation).

Edoardo Sinibaldi authored about 50 papers on international journals and 20 papers on international conferences, 1 book and 2 book chapters. He serves as Reviewer for nearly 50 international journals, and as Editorial Board Member (Associate/Academic Editor) for the following international journals: Scientific Reports, PLOS ONE, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, and Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics. Since 2017 Edoardo Sinibaldi also holds two national scientific qualifications as Associate Professor, namely for Bioengineering and Applied Mechanics.

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Selected Publications

<Research publications and communications, as retrieved from the IIT database, are listed below; I beg to also mention the following complementary items:>




  • Marino, D. De Pasquale, E. Sinibaldi and G. Ciofani. “Sistema e metodo di co-coltura cellulare”

Italian application IT102019000018614, filed on October 11, 2019

Subject: 3D cell co-culture method and system, based on magnetoresponsive scaffolds


  • D'Abbraccio, L. Massari, C.M. Oddo, E. Palermo, E. Schena, E. Sinibaldi, G. Terruso and M. Zaltieri. “A tactile sensor device”

Italian application IT102019000003657, filed on March 13, 2019

Subject: sensorized artificial skin for prosthetics and collaborative robotics applications


  • E. Sinibaldi, Y. Huan, A. Menciassi and B. Mazzolai. “Adaptively morphing surgical grasper”

International application WO2019155316 (PCT/IB2019/050621), filed on January 25, 2019 (extension of the Italian application IT102018000002432, filed on February 6, 2018)

Subject: compliant surgical grasper for effective and safe interaction with tissue


  • E. Sinibaldi, B. Kang and R. Kojcev, “A shape-keeping deployable structure including a pair of robotic systems of the continuum type”

US Patent US10675755 granted on June 6, 2020

Japanese Patent JP6667552 granted on March 18, 2020

European Patent EP3288438 granted on February 27, 2019

International application WO2016174596 (PCT/IB2016/052396), filed on April 27, 2016 (extension of the Italian application TO2015A000233, filed on April 27, 2015)

Subject: flexible tool that can be deployed over a chosen trajectory with the whole body, without using auxiliary supports (the first interlaced continuum robot, with intrinsic “follow-the-leader” capability)


  • V. Pensabene, E. Sinibaldi, A. Menciassi, P. Dario, C. Quaglia and P. Valdastri, “Capsule for local therapy by means of an endoluminal plaster in the gastrointestinal tract”

International application WO2013027182 (PCT/IB2012/054239), filed on August 22, 2012 (extension of the Italian application FI2011A000185, filed on August 3, 2011)

Subject: robotic capsule for releasing patches in the gastro-intestinal tract


Popular Science Book


  • [book (in Italian)] E. Sinibaldi (Ed.), “Il Fibonacci – Breve viaggio fra curiosità matematiche”, Unione Matematica Italiana, 2011, reprint 2019 (ISBN: 978-88-9633-605-2)

Authors: M. Barsanti, R. Dvornicich, M. Forti, T. Franzoni, M. Gobbino, S.Mortola and E. Sinibaldi

Illustrators: V. Mattoli and E. Sinibaldi

Subject: This book presents math gems, puzzles, and problems originally conceived by the Italian mathematician Franco Conti (and colleagues) for the final session of the Italian Mathematical Olympiad. All problems are solved; relevant points are discussed (more details at:


  • [2019/03] Highlight in the 2019 European Research Council (ERC) Annual Report (‘Annual Report on the ERC activities and achievements in 2018’) for the achievements reported in the following research paper:

A. Marino*, O. Tricinci*, M. Battaglini, C. Filippeschi, V. Mattoli, E. Sinibaldi* and G. Ciofani*, “A 3D real-scale, biomimetic and biohybrid model of the blood-brain barrier fabricated through two-photon lithography”. Small, 14(6), 1870024 (1 page), 2018 (* corresponding) [DOI: 10.1002/smll.201702959]


I. Must, E. Sinibaldi* and B. Mazzolai*, “A variable-stiffness tendril-like soft robot based on reversible osmotic actuation”. Nature Communications 10(1), 344 (8 pages), 2019 (* corresponding) [DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08173-y]


  • [2018/09] Frontispiece of Advanced Science for the following research paper:

V. Iacovacci*, L. Ricotti, E. Sinibaldi*, G. Signore, F. Vistoli and A. Menciassi, “An intravascular magnetic catheter enables the retrieval of nanoagents from the bloodstream”. Advanced Science, 5, 1800807 (8 pages), 2018 (* corresponding) [DOI: 10.1002/advs.201800807]


  • [2018/02] Inside Front Cover of Small 6/2018 for the following research paper:

A. Marino*, O. Tricinci*, M. Battaglini, C. Filippeschi, V. Mattoli, E. Sinibaldi* and G. Ciofani*, “A 3D real-scale, biomimetic and biohybrid model of the blood-brain barrier fabricated through two-photon lithography”. Small, 14(6), 1870024 (1 page), 2018 (* corresponding) [DOI: 10.1002/smll.201702959] [DOI: 10.1002/smll.201870024]


  • [2015/03] Front Cover of Advanced Materials 10/2015 for the following research paper:

S. Taccola, F. Greco, E. Sinibaldi, A. Mondini, B. Mazzolai and V. Mattoli, “Soft Actuators: Toward a New Generation of Electrically Controllable Hygromorphic Soft Actuators (Adv. Mater. 10/2015)” Advanced Materials, 27(10), pp. 1637-1637, 2015 [DOI: 10.1002/adma.201404772] [DOI: 10.1002/adma.201570065]


  • [2012/05] Finalist (top 5) for the “Best Medical Robotics Paper Award” (hundreds of submissions) at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2012, St. Paul, Mn, USA, 14-18 May 2012) for the following research paper:

M. Khorami Llewellyn, P. Dario, A. Menciassi and E. Sinibaldi, “Magnetic Dragging of Vascular Obstructions by Means of Electrostatic and Antibody Binding”, Proceedings of ICRA2012, pp. 2504-2509, 2012 [DOI: 10.1109/ICRA.2012.6224905]


  • [2012/07] “2012 TMECH Best Paper Award” (best paper published during 2011 on the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics journal) for the following research paper:

B. Mazzolai, A. Mondini, P. Corradi, C. Laschi, V. Mattoli, E. Sinibaldi and P. Dario, “A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots”, IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics 16(2), pp. 201-212, 2011 [DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2009.2038997]


  • [2002/11] Winner (ranked first) of a PhD position in Mathematics for Technology and Industry at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy


  • [2002/11] Winner (ranked first) of a PhD position in Aerospace Engineering at University of Pisa, Italy. I renounced the position in favor of another PhD position simultaneously won at Scuola Normale Superiore (see point above)


  • [2001] Winner of a “Socrates” scholarship (granted by European Community; engineering sector) for carrying out my final-year project at University of Toulouse, France. I renounced the position in favor of a research fellowship (internship) simultaneously obtained at Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, UK



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