I-RIM 2019

I-RIM Workshop

Leonardo da Vinci is renowned as one of the most important pioneers in the field of bioinspired machines. His genius, studies of Nature, drawings, and mechanical artworks permeate the Italian culture and traditions, and are still a model for engineers and scientists of our Country and around the world. For the design of advanced technologies and robotic systems, the Italian approach to bioinspiration is still nowadays a globally well-recognised brand, with leaders who are pioneers of new ideas, products and research lines, in Italy and abroad.

Encompassing humanoids, insectoids, octopus-inspired and soft robotic technologies, biomimetic structural composites, plantoids and growing robots, the proposed workshop on “The Leonardo legacy” will bring together a cross-disciplinary panel of Italian scientists and engineers to present and discuss the past, present and future of bioinspiration and biomimetics in robotics and intelligent machines.

With a series of invited talks and reading of Leonardo’s original texts, the workshop aims to illustrate and discuss the biomimetic approach for the advancement of the research in science and technology. The event will be moderated by Enrica Battifoglia (ANSA Scienza), who will also introduce the invited speakers. Reading of Leonardo’s original texts will be performed by the theatre actor Paolo Giommarelli.



Barbara Mazzolai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna


Invited Speakers:

Paolo Arena, Università di Catania

Antonio De Simone, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Nicola Pugno, Università di Trento

Donato Romano, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna


Leonardo’s text reading                                         Event moderator

                 Paolo Giommarelli                                    Enrica Battifoglia, ANSA Scienza


Workshop agenda including topics of the talks and speakers