Dr. Paolo Dario is Professor of Biomedical Robotics and Director of The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy.
He is the Coordinator of the PhD Program in BioRobotics at SSSA, enrolling 85 PhD students. He has been Founding Coordinator of the Center of Micro-BioRobotics@SSSA of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). He has been Visiting Professor at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland; at the École Normale Superieure de Cachan, France; at the College de France, Paris, France; at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou and at Tianjin University, China.
His main research interests are in the fields of medical robotics, bio-robotics, bio-mechatronics and micro/nano engineering and robotics. He is the coordinator of many national and European projects, the editor of two books on the subject of robotics, and the author of more than 500 scientific papers (300+ on ISI journals). His H-index (ISI Web of Science) is 48 (so he is in the list of Top Italian Scientists). Prof. Dario has been and is Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of many international journals. He has been program chair and plenary invited speaker in many international conferences (including IEEE ICRA, IROS and EMBC). He has been also the General Chair of the 1st IEEE RAS/EMBS Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2006), and of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2007).
He is also a member of the Board of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. He has served and serves in many Boards and Committees, including the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG) of the European Commission (two terms), the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Societal Challenge 1 ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing‘ of the European Commission, the Technology Council of ST Microelectronics, the International Scientific Committee of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), the Global Agenda Council on Robotics and Smart Devices of the World Economic Forum, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Advanced Robotics Centre of the National University of Singapore, and the Board of Directors of the euRobotics AISBL, the entity promoting the creation of a Public Private Partnership in Robotics in Europe. He has promoted the creation of more than 20 start-up companies active in the market of biomedical devices and services, and he is/has been a partner of 5 of these start-up companies.