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Ferdinando Cannella

Head of Advanced Industrial Automation Lab

Research Line

Advanced Robotics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


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Ferdinando Cannella graduated with a Degree in mechanical engineering from the University Polytechnic of Marche (UnivPM), Italy, in 1998, received first Ph.D. degree in mechanical measurement applied to engineering from the University of Padua, Padua, Italy, in 2002, and a second Ph.D. degree in 2006 in mechanical engineering developed at King’s College of London (KCL), London, UK. Since 2002, he was a Tutor at the University Polytechnic of Marche and Visiting Researcher at KCL. Since 2008, he was working as a Postdoc and then as Team Leader of Advanced Industrial Automation Lab with the Advanced Robotics Department, Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy. He deals with reconfigurable mechanisms, legged robots, industrial grippers, human tactile sensitivity modelling, haptic devices, packaging folders, virtual prototyping design and measurement system development. Dr. Cannella is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dr. Ferdinando Cannella is currently working in IIT as Team Leader on developing bio-inspired robots for handling and manipulation with both study and application aims. Thanks to his bachelor in mechanical engineering (Ancona, Italy), to his first PhD in mechanical measurements (Padua, Italy) and to the second one in advanced mechanical design (London, UK). He has long and wide experience in using the Computer-Aided Engineering tools for Co-Simulation (Multi-body, Finite Element and Control) to investigate and to develop new grippers or legged robots or packaging mechanisms exploiting the bio-inspiration models. Moreover he is head of Advanced Industrial Automation Lab and he works in several projects (both EU and National).


2017-2018       Ansaldo Energia          Research Program – “Robots for Inspection and Damage Detection”, Project Partner

2016-2019       Fameccanica               Research Program – “Robotic Grippers for Unscrambling and Manipulation”, Project Partner

2014-2016       AVIO group                 Research Program – “Automatic Inspection and Assembling”, Project Partner

2014-2015       Tetra Pak                    Research Program – “Crease Stiffness Modelling”, P.I.

2013-2017       FP7-ICT-601165           Collaborative Project - “WEARable HAPtics for Humans and Robots”, (WEARHAP), Project Partner

2011-2014       EU FP7-NMP 285189   Integrated Project - “AUTOnomous co-operative machines for highly RECONfigurable assembly operations of the future”, (AUTORECON), Project Partner

Selected Publications

International Journal Papers

Maria Laura D'Angelo; Ferdinando Cannella; Matteo Bianchi; Mariapaola D'Imperio; Edorardo Battaglia; Matteo Poggiani; Gianluca Rossi; Antonio Bicchi; Darwin G. Caldwell, "An Integrated Approach to Characterize the Behavior of a Human Fingertip in Contact with a Silica Window," in IEEE Transactions on Haptics , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-1 doi: 10.1109/TOH.2016.2614679 URL:

Ferdinando Cannella, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Carlo Canali, Nahian Rahman, Fei Chen, Daniele Catelani, Darwin G. Caldwell, Jian S. Dai, “Origami carton folding analysis using flexible panels”, (2016) Mechanisms and Machine Science, 36, pp. 95-106. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-23327-7_9

Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Jian Huang, Hironobu Sasaki, Toshio Fukuda, “A Study on Error Recovery Search Strategies of Electronic Connector Mating for Robotic Fault-Tolerant Assembly”, (2016) Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications, 81 (2), pp. 257-271. DOI: 10.1007/s10846-015-0248-5

Fei Chen, Luca Carbonari, Carlo Canali, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, "Design of a novel dexterous robotic gripper for in-hand twisting and positioning within assembly automation", (2015) Assembly Automation, 35 (3), pp. 259-268. DOI: 10.1108/AA-05-2015-046

Fei Chen, Qiubo Zhong, Ferdinando Cannella, Kosuke Sekiyama, Toshio Fukuda, "Hand gesture modeling and recognition for human and robot interactive assembly using hidden markov models", International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 12, art. no. 48, (2015) DOI: 10.5772/60044

Garcia-Hernandez, N., Bertolotto, F., Ferdinando Cannella, Nikolaos Tsagarakis, Darwin G. Caldwell, "How tactor size and density of normal indentation tactile displays affects grating discrimination tasks", (2014) IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 7 (3), art. no. 2309128, pp. 356-366. DOI: 10.1109/TOH.2014.2309128

Ferdinando Cannella, Alberto Garinei and Mariapaola D’Imperio, “A novel method for the design of prostheses based on thermo-elastic stress analysis and finite element analysis”, (2014) Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 14 (5), art. no. 1450064, DOI: 10.1142/S021951941450064X

Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Ferdinando Cannella, Toshio Fukuda, ''Optimal Subtask Allocation for Human and Robot Collaboration within Hybrid Assembly System'' in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol.PP, no.99, pp.1,11, 0, doi: 10.1109/TASE.2013.2274099

Lando Mentrasti, Ferdinando Cannella, Mirco Pupilli and Jian S. Dai, Large Bending Behavior of Creased Paperboard. I. Experimental Investigations, SAS8009 International Journal of Solids and Structures, 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2013.05.018,

Lando Mentrasti, Ferdinando Cannella, Mirco Pupilli and Jian S. Dai, Large Bending Behavior of Creased Paperboard. II. Structural Analysis Reference: SAS8012 International Journal of Solids and Structures, 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2013.05.021

Claudio Semini, Nikos Tsagarakis, Emanuele Guglielmino, Michele Focchi, Ferdinando Cannella and Darwin G. Caldwell, Design of HyQ - a hydraulically and electrically actuated quadruped robot, Proceedings of the IMechE Part I: J. Systems and Control Engineering, 225 (2011) DOI 10.1177/0959651811402275

Wei Yao, Ferdinando Cannella and Jian S. Dai, Automatic folding of cartons using a reconfigurable robotic system, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 27 (2011) 604–613, DOI: 10.1016/j.rcim.2010.10.007

Jian S. Dai, and Ferdinando Cannella, Stiffness Characteristics of Carton Folds for Packaging, Transactions of the ASME: Journal of Mechanical Design, vol 130, issue 2, 2008. DOI: 10.1115/1.2813785

Ferdinando Cannella  and Jian S. Dai, Crease Stiffness and Panel Compliance of Carton Folds and Their Integration in Modelling, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Proc IMechE, 220(6): 847-855, 2006. DOI: 10.1243/09544062JMES242

Massimo Callegari; Ferdinando Cannella; Gaetano Ferri, Multi-body modelling of timing belt dynamics, Proceedings of the I MECH E Part K Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, April 2003, vol. 217, no. 1, pp. 63-75(13). DOI: 10.1243/146441903763049450


Conference Papers

Nahian Rahman, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Luca Carbonari, Matteo Palpacelli, Ferdinando Cannella, Darwin G. Caldwell, “Kinematic analysis and synthesis of a novel gripper for dexterous applications” (2016) MESA 2016 - 12th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications - Conference Proceedings, art. no. 7587167, DOI: 10.1109/MESA.2016.7587167

Mariapaola D’Imperio, Luca Carbonari, Alsayegh, M., Bertram, T., Matteo Palpacelli, Darwin G. Caldwell,, Ferdinando Cannella, “Flexible robotic arm dynamics through deflection screw approach” (2016) MESA 2016 - 12th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications - Conference Proceedings, art. no. 7587169, DOI: 10.1109/MESA.2016.7587169

Nahian Rahman, Luca Carbonari, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Carlo Canali, Darwin G. Caldwell, Ferdinando Cannella, “A dexterous gripper for in-hand manipulation” (2016) IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM, 2016-September, art. no. 7576796, pp. 377-382. DOI: 10.1109/AIM.2016.7576796

Maria Laura D’Angelo, Darwin G. Caldwell, Ferdinando Cannella, “Fingertip recovery time depending on viscoelasticity” (2016) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 9774, pp. 33-44. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-42321-0_4

Mariapaola D’Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella “Towards online impact force dynamic parameters identification for hydraulic legged robots”, (2016) Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, 6, DOI: 10.1115/DETC201660592

Nahian Rahman, Luca Carbonari, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Carlo Canali, Darwin G. Caldwell, Ferdinando Cannella, “A Novel Reconfigurable Modular Gripper for In-Hand Object Manipulation and Release With Appropriate Posture” (2016) Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, 5A-2016, DOI: 10.1115/DETC2016-59837

Nahian Rahman, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Luca Carbonari, Fei Chen, Carlo Canali and Ferdinando Cannella, "A Novel Bio-inspired Modular Gripper for in-hand Manipulation," (2016) 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE-ROBIO 2015, art. no. 7407011, pp. 7-12. DOI: 10.1109/ROBIO.2015.7407011, Zhuhai, China, December 6 - 9.

Mariapaola D'Imperio, Luca Carbonari, Nahian Rahman, Carlo Canali and Ferdinando Cannella, " A Novel Parallely Actuated Bio-Inspired Modular Limb," IROS 2015, Hamburg, Germany, September28 - October 3.

Mariapaola D'Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Luca Carbonari, Nahian Rahman and Darwin G. Caldwell, "Dynamic Modelling and Analysis of an Articulated Robotic Leg," Proceedings of the ASME 2015 IDETC, August 2-15, 2015, Boston, USA

Mariapaola D’Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Chen, F., Luca Carbonari, Catelani, D., Darwin G. Caldwell, “Dynamic analysis using numerical multi-body approach for quadruped robots”, (2015) Proceedings of the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics 2015, Multibody Dynamics 2015, pp. 1400-1410.

Mariapaola D'Imperio, Luca Carbonari, Nahian Rahman, Carlo Canali and Ferdinando Cannella, " KARL: A New Bio-Inspired Modular Limb for Robotic Applications," (2015) IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM, Busan, South Korea, July 7-11. 2015-August, art. no. 7222529, pp. 183-188. DOI: 10.1109/AIM.2015.7222529

Eder Miguel, Maria Laura D'Angelo, FerdinandoCannella, Matteo Bianchi, Mariacarla Memeo, Antonio Bicchi, Darwin G. Caldwell, Miguel A. Otaduy, “Characterization of nonlinear finger pad mechanics for tactile rendering”, (2015) IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2015, art. no. 7177692, pp. 63-68. DOI: 10.1109/WHC.2015.7177692

Edoardo Battaglia , Matteo Bianchi , Maria Laura D'Angelo , Mariapaola D'Imperio , Ferdinando Cannella , Enzo P. Scilingo , Antonio Bicchi, “A Finite element model of tactile flow for softness perception” (2015) Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, 2015-November, art. no. 7318884, pp. 2430-2433. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318884

Hamza Khan, Ferdinando Cannella, Darwin G. Caldwell, Claudio Semini, “An innovative torque sensor design for the lightest hydraulic quadruped robot” (2015) Assistive Robotics: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2015, pp. 309-316.

Martina Lavalle, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Luca Carbonari, Ferdinando Cannella, Lando Mentrasti, Mirko Pupilli, Jian S. Dai, “New test rig for creased paperboard investigation to confectionery industry reconfigurable folders” (2015) IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA, 2015-October, art. no. 7301565, DOI: 10.1109/ETFA.2015.7301565

Maria Laura D'Angelo, Ferdinando Cannella, Mariacarla Memeo, Mariapaola D’Imperio, Matteo Bianchi, “Preliminary fingertip pressure area distribution via experimental test and numerical model” (2015) XXI IMEKO World Congress "Measurement in Research and Industry",

Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Traveler Hauptman, Giuseppe Sofia, and Darwin G. Caldwell, A Study on Data-Driven In-Hand Twisting Process Using a Novel Dexterous Robotic Gripper for Assembly Automation, September 14–18, 2014 IEEE IROS Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Carlo Canali, Ferdinando Cannella, Fei Chen, Giuseppe Sofia, Amit Eytan, Darwin G. Caldwell, An Automatic Assembly Parts Detection and Grasping System for Industrial Manufacturing,  August 18-22, 2014 IEEE CASE Conference, Taipei, Taiwan

Carlo Canali, Ferdinando Cannella, Fei Chen, Traveler Hauptman, Giuseppe Sofia, Amit A. Eytan and Darwin G. Caldwell, "High Reconfigurable Self-Adaptive Robotic Gripper for Flexible Assembly", In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2014

Mariapaola D’Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Daniele Catelani, Roberto Bernetti, Claudio Semini and Darwin G. Caldwell, "Finite Element Analysis within Component Design Process of Hydraulic Quadruped Robot", In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2014

Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Traveler Hauptman, Giuseppe Sofia, Darwin G. Caldwell, ''In-Hand Precise Twisting and Positioning by a Novel Dexterous Robotic Gripper for Industrial High-Speed Assembly'', IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), Hong Kong, China, May 2014.

Ferdinando Cannella, Fei Chen, Carlo Canali, Amit Eytan, Aldo Bottero, Darwin G. Caldwell, ''Design of an Industrial Robotic Gripper for Precise Twisting and Positioning in High-Speed Assembly'', in IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration (SII2013), Kobe, Japan, Dec., 2013, pp. 443-448.

Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Amit Eytan, Aldo Bottero, Darwin G. Caldwell, ''Theoretical and Kinematic Solution of High Reconfigurable Grasping for Industrial Manufacturing'', iin IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (Robio2013), Shenzhen, China, Dec. 2013, pp. 734-739.

Lorenzo Scalise, Mariacarla Memeo, Ferdinando Cannella, Massimiliano Valente, Darwin G. Caldwell, Enrico P. Tomasini, “Laser Application on Haptics: Tactile Stiffness Measurement” "10th Intl Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser and Non Contact Techniques" AIP Conference Proceedings 1457, 287 (2012), doi: 10.1063/1.4730568

Claudio Semini, Johnas Buchli, Marco Frigerio, Thiago Boaventura, Michele Focchi, Emanuele Guglielmino, Ferdinando Cannella, Nikos G. Tsagarakis, and Darwin G. Caldwell, "HyQ - a dynamic locomotion research platform," in Int.l Workshop on Bio-Inspired Robots, Nantes (France), 2011.

E. Guglielmino, N. Rodriguez, G. Vidal, F. Cannella, C. Semini, D. G. Caldwell, A Vibration Study Of A Hydraulically-Actuated Legged Machine, in the Proc. of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE2010), Vancouver (British Coulombia), 12-18th November 2010

Matteo Laffranchi, Nikos G. Tsagarakis, Ferdinando Cannella and Darwin G. Caldwell, “Antagonistic and Series Elastic Actuators - a Comparative Analysis on the Energy Consumption”, in the Proc. of International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2009

Ferdinando Cannella  and Jian S. Dai, “Origami-Carton Tuck–in with a Reconfigurable Linkage,” in ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2009), London, June 22-24 2009, paper 178.

Alessia Agnani, Ferdinando Cannella, Milena Martarelli, G. Merloni and Enrico P. Tomasini, Dynamic Characterization of a Washing Machine: Numerical Multi-body Analysis and Experimental Validation, Proceedings IMAC XVI, 4th - 7th February 2008, Orlando, Florida USA.

Andrea Gatto, Luigi Iuliano, Ferdinando Cannella , Development of a model to optimize the sand shape and post process parameters for parts produced by Direct Croning process, VR@p 2007 24th - 29th September 2007, Leiria, Portugal.

Barbara Marchetti, John Vignola, Ferdinando Cannella and Tammaro Caso, Development of a coupled numerical-experimental analysis based on laser Doppler vibrometry for the dynamic characterization of silicon based micro paddle oscillators, Proceedings of the SPIE, 6345, 63451A (2006)

Ferdinando Cannella, Barbara Marchetti, “Evaluation of the laser Doppler vibrometer application effects on microelettromechanical system (MEMS), Proceedings of the SPIE, 5503, pp. 468-477 (2004)

Massimo Callegari, Ferdinando Cannella: "Lumped-parameter model of timing belt transmissions", Proc. 15th AIMETA Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, September 26-29, 2001, Taormina, Italy. (ISSN: 1592-8950.

Massimo Callegari, Ferdinando Cannella: "Proposta di un sistema meccatronico per la riduzione delle forze di contatto nel varo delle condotte sottomarine", Atti XV Congresso AIMETA di Meccanica Teorica e Applicata, 26-29 Settembre 2001, Taormina, Italia. (ISSN: 1592-8950)

Massimo Callegari, Ferdinando Cannella, Sergio Monti, Claudio Santolini, Paolo Pagnanelli: "Dynamic Models for the Re-Engineering of a High-Speed Cartesian Robot", Proc. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM '01), 8–11 July 2001, Como, Italy. Vol. I, 560-565. (ISBN: 0-7803-6737-5)

Massimo Callegari, Ferdinando Cannella, Matteo Titti, Roberto Bruschi, E. Torselletti, Luigi Vitali: “Concurrent Design of an Active Automated System for the Control of Stinger/Pipe Reaction Forces of a Marine Pipelaying System” in Proc. of the Intl. Workshop on Harbour, Maritime & Multimodal Logistics Modelling and Simulation (HMS2000) (A.G. Bruzzone, L.M. Gambardella, P. Giribone, Y.A. Merkuryev Eds, SCS Publisher, printed in Genova, Italy, 2000 – ISBN 1-56555-207-5), Portofino, Italy, October 5-7, 2000. 41-4.


Book chapters

Ferdinando Cannella, Daniele Clari and Jian S. Dai, Automatic folding of cartons using a reconfigurable robotic system, Jian S. Dai et al. (eds.), Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots I, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-4141-9_45, © Springer-Verlag London 20122012

Massimiliano Valente, Ferdinando Cannella, Lorenzo Scalise, Mariacarla Memeo, Paolo Liberini and Darwin G. Caldwell, Tactile sensibility through tactile display: effect of the array density and clinical use, P. Isokoski and J. Springare (Eds.): EuroHaptics 2012, Part I, LNCS 7282, pp. 589–600, 2012.© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012


Italian Journal Papers

 Mariapaola D’Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, J. Goldsmith, Claudio Semini and Darwin G. Caldwell, Advanced shape for robotic torque sensor, Newsletter EnginSoft Year 10 n°4

 Massimo Callegari, Ferdinando Cannella, Nicola Borgarelli, G. Ferri: "Trasmissioni a cinghie dentate", Progettare (suppl. Trasmissioni Meccaniche), VNU, N° 273, Dic. 2003, pp.73-76

 Andrea. Gatto, Elena Bassoli, Luigi Iuliano, Ferdinando Cannella, “Valutazione preventiva delle prestazioni delle sabbie nel processo direct croning”, Fonderia Pressofusione, Anno 51, n° 4, Luglio 2002, pag 52-58. (ISSN: 0015-6078)


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