Professor of Robotics at the University of Siena. Senior Scientist at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova. Fellow of the IEEE society. Human and robotic hands together with the art of manipulating real and virtual objects have always polarized his research that has recently focused on wearable robotics and robotics for rehabilitation. He founded the Siena Robotics and Systems Lab at the University of Siena where he has been leading an extraordinary and enthusiastic research team for years. Since 2013, he co-ordinates the European strategic project “WEARHAP: wearable haptics for humans and robots” with applications on virtual and augmented realities and andto collaborative robotics. In 2010 he co-ordinated the project on “REMOTOUCH: remote touch” tactile communication, selected for the presentation at Expo Shangai 2010 under the initiative of “Italia degli Innovatori” promoted by the Ministry of Innovation. Awarded in 2014 with the MathWorks Education Award. In 2017, in Phoenix, his project “the Robotics Sixth Finger” was selected among the best innovative projects at the Wearable Robotics Association Conference, wearRAcon. He has held many plenary talks on robotics, including the most recent at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2016) and the International Conference on Asia Haptics (2017) where he won the award fir his research activities in virtual reality. Author of more than 250 scientific articles in the field of robotics and virtual reality.