Technische Universität Berlin

 The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) is located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe. The Robotics and Biology Laboratory in the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences has performed pioneering research in mobile manipulation, including aspects of motion planning, interactive perception, grasping, and learning. The group has acquired substantial expertise relevant to grasping on many different levels, including the design of highly underactuated and compliant grasping hardware, perception of grasping affordances, planning in uncertain environments, as well as conducting psychophysical experiments on grasping in cooperation with Marianne Maertens, head of the Modeling of Cognitive Processes group at TU Berlin. The vertical integration of all aspects of grasping led to the concepts at the foundation of SOMA.

Jessica Abele

Oliver Brock

Clemens Eppner

Can Erdogan

Marianne Maertens

Előd Páll

Vincent Wall



Università di Pisa

 The University of Pisa (UNIPI), founded in 1343, is among the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. The Enrico Piaggio Research Center, founded in 1962, organizes interdisciplinary research among engineering, medicine, and biological scientists towards applications in Bioengineering and Robotics. The Robotics Group of the Interdepartmental Enrico Piaggio Center focuses on robotics and embodied intelligence. The group is among the originators of the modern approach to physical human-robot interaction, where it promotes intrinsic safety via the co-design of mechanics and control, oriented towards performance maximization within rigid safety constraints. Particular attention has been focused on the study of hands and haptics, both in humans and in machines, since at least 20 years. Recent work has proposed a synergy-based approach to hand design and control for grasp and manipulation that is producing interesting results from both a theoretic and a design point of view. An important addition to the Pisa Touch Lab will be the collaboration of Prof. Marco Santello, one of the originators of the ideas of sensorimotor hand synergies.

Alessio Artoni

Matteo Bianchi

Antonio Bicchi

Manuel Bonilla

Della Santina
Marco Gabiccini

Giorgio Grioli

Hamal Marino


Gaspare Santaera

Marco Santello

Federico Spinelli



Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a Research Foundation established in 2006 to promote scientific excellence in Humanoid technology. Research activities in the Dept. of Advanced Robotics concentrate on an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to robotic design and control, as well as the development of novel robotic components and technologies. There are four core areas: Humanoid Technologies; Biomimetic Technologies; Biomedical Technologies; Haptic/VR technologies.

Arash Ajoudani

Joao Bimbo

Darwin Caldwell


Olmo Moreno