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Francesca Negrello

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Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


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Mechanical Design Series Elastic Actuators Force/Torque Sensing Humanoid Robots.


SOMA: SOft Manipulation ( )

SoftPro: Synergy-based Open-source Foundations and Technologies for Prosthetics and RehabilitatiOn (

Dysturbance: Dynamic and static pusher to benchmark balance (

WALK-MAN: Whole Body Adaptive Locomotion and Manipulation (

AMARSi: Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills (



MIT Technology Review Italia Young Innovators 2017 (TR35)


Leonardo Innovator 2017


AIM 2017: Best Conference Paper Award

     Finalist -“Design and Characterization of a Novel High-Compliance Spring for Robots with Soft Joints, F.Negrello, M.Garabini, M.G.Catalano, M.Poggiani, D.G.Caldwell, N.G.Tsagarakis and A.Bicchi,.

Darpa Robotics Challenge Finals 2015

The challenge was held in June 2015 and I was responsible for the mechanical design of the main actuation units and of the lower body. I was also Leader  of  the  Field  Team  during  the  official  Challenge.  The  Walk-Man team  arrived  in  17th  position  in  the  challenge  and  the  project  received  broad media attention. (Link)


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