Francesca Tramacere

Post Doc

Contacts

via Rinaldo Piaggio, 34

About

Francesca Tramacere received her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Pisa, in December 2009. In January 2013, she obtained her Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics (with honors) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa with a thesis on the study and analysis of adhesion mechanisms in nature for the development of innovative bioinspired adhesion devices. In 2012, she spent a period as a visiting researcher at the University of Kiel (Germany) collaborating with Pr. Stanislav Gorb. Since 2013, she is a Post-Doc at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Micro-BioRobotics (Pontedera). Her research interests are mainly related to robotic solutions inspired by biological systems. She was and still is the tutor of several Ph.D. students with different backgrounds (engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and biotechnologists). In 2017-18, she was the project manager of an industrial project (details reserved) aimed at the design and development of a robotic solution for harsh environments. She has noteworthy experience in the synthesis and analysis of scientific results and in making presentations for both scientific and not-specialized public. She acts as a reviewer for several international journals in the robotic and biological field.
She is currently the project manager of GrowBot, European project in the framework Horizon 2020 aimed at the development of robotic technologies inspired by climbing plants.

Projects

[GrowBot] (FETPROACT-01-2018, H2020-FETPROACT-2018-2020, Grant agreement no. 824074) - acting as project manager

[Industrial project] (details reserved) -  acting as project manager

[RoboCom++] (H2020-FLAG-ERA with Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) - acting as Post Doc

[Plantoid] (FET-Open, FP7-ICT-2011-C, Grant agreement no. 293431) - acting as Post Doc

[Biological Adhesives: from Biology to Biomimetics] (COST Action TD0906) - acting as Post Doc

IIT Publications

  • 2019
  • Mazzolai B.iit, Mondini A.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Riccomi G., Sadeghi A., Giordano G.iit, Del Dottore E.iit, Scaccia M.iit, Zampato M., Carminati S.
    DOI

    Octopus‐Inspired Soft Arm with Suction Cups for Enhanced Grasping Tasks in Confined Environments

    Advanced Intelligent System, vol. 1, (no. 3)
  • Mazzolai B., Mondini A.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Del Dottore E.iit

    Octopus-inspired Technologies for Grasping and Manipulation Tasks

    Conferenza Italiana di Robotica e Macchine Intelligenti
  • Calusi B.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Gualtieria S., Pugno N. M., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Plant root penetration and growth as a mechanical inclusion problem

    International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
  • 2018
  • Fiorello I.iit, Tricinci O.iit, Mishra A.K.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Filippeschi C.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Artificial system inspired by climbing mechanism of galium aparine fabricated via 3D laser lithography

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 10928 LNAI, pp. 168-178
  • Mishra A.K.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Guarino R., Pugno N.M., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    A study on plant root apex morphology as a model for soft robots moving in soil

    PLoS ONE, vol. 13, (no. 6)
  • Mishra A.K., Tramacere F.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    From plant root's sloughing and radial expansion mechanisms to a soft probe for soil exploration

    2018 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft 2018, pp. 71-76
  • Mishra A. K.iit, Mondini A.iit, Del Dottore E.iit, Sadeghi A., Tramacere F.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Modular Continuum Manipulator: Analysis and Characterization of Its Basic Module

    Biomimetics, vol. 3, (no. 1)
  • Mazzolai B.iit, Del Dotore E., Sadeghi A., Mondini A.iit, Tramacere F.iit

    Robots that grow like plants

    American Physical Society
  • 2017
  • Calusi B.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Filippeschi C.iit, Pugno N. M., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    A Biomechanical Characterization of Plant Root Tissues by Dynamic Nanoindentation Technique for Biomimetic Technologies

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Sareh S., Althoefer K., Li M., Noh Y., Tramacere F.iit, Sareh P., Mazzolai B.iit, Kovac M.
    DOI

    Anchoring like octopus: Biologically inspired soft artificial sucker

    Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 14, (no. 135)
  • Liakos I.L.iit, Mondini A.iit, Filippeschi C.iit, Mattoli V.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Towards ultra-responsive biodegradable polysaccharide humidity sensors

    Materials Today Chemistry, vol. 6, pp. 1-12
  • 2015
  • Tramacere F.iit, Follador M.iit, Pugno N.M., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Octopus-like suction cups: From natural to artificial solutions

    Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, vol. 10, (no. 3)
  • 2014
  • Follador M.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Dielectric elastomer actuators for octopus inspired suction cups

    Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, vol. 9, (no. 4)
  • Tramacere F.iit, Appel E., Mazzolai B.iit, Gorb S.N.
    DOI

    Hairy suckers: The surface microstructure and its possible functional significance in the octopus vulgaris sucker

    Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, vol. 5, (no. 1), pp. 561-565
  • Tramacere F.iit, Kovalev A., Kleinteich T., Gorb S.N., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Structure and mechanical properties of Octopus vulgaris suckers

    Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 11, (no. 91)
  • Tramacere F.iit, Pugno N.M., Kuba M.J., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Unveiling the morphology of the acetabulum in octopus suckers and its role in attachment

    Interface Focus, vol. 5, (no. 1), pp. 1-5
  • 2013
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Mazzolai B.iit

    Adhesion mechanism in Octopus vulgaris

    COST - Biological adhesives: from biology to biomimetics
  • Follador M.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Viry L.iit, Cianchetti M., Beccai L.iit, Laschi C., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Octopus-inspired innovative suction cups

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8064 LNAI, pp. 368-370
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Kuba M.J., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Octopus Suckers Identification Code (OSIC)

    Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, vol. 46, (no. 6), pp. 447-453
  • Sinibaldi E.iit, Puleo G.L.iit, Mattioli F.iit, Mattoli V.iit, Di Michele F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Tramacere F.iit, Mancuso S., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Osmotic actuation modelling for innovative biorobotic solutions inspired by the plant kingdom

    Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, vol. 8, (no. 2)
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Kuba M., Gozzi A.iit, Bifone A.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    The Morphology and Adhesion Mechanism of Octopus vulgaris Suckers

    PLoS ONE, vol. 8, (no. 6)
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    What can we learn from the octopus?

    Biological and biomimetic adhesives, Publisher: The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2012
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Mattioli F.iit, Sinibaldi E.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Artificial adhesion mechanisms inspired by octopus suckers

    Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 3846-3851
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Design of adhesion device inspired by octopus sucker

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7375 LNAI, pp. 400-401
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Mazzolai B.iit

    What can we learn from Octopus?

    COST - Biological adhesives: from biology to biomimetics
  • 2011
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Sinibaldi E.iit, Laschi C., Mazzolai B.iit
    DOI

    Adhesion mechanisms inspired by octopus suckers

    Procedia Computer Science, vol. 7, pp. 192-193
  • Tramacere F.iit, Beccai L.iit, Sinibaldi E.iit, Laschi C., Mazzolai B.iit

    Study of the morphology of Octopus vulgaris sucker as a model for innovative artificial adhesion mechanisms

    Euroceph meeting 2011: Cephalopod Biology Research in the 21st Century - A European Perspective

Awards

Living Machines Award for Best Demonstration
Octopus-inspired innovative suction cups
Living Machines 2013: The 2nd International Conference on Biomimetics and Biohybrid System, 29th July - 2nd August 2013, Natural History Museum, London.

Best interactive presentation
Octopus-inspired Technologies for Grasping and Manipulation Tasks
1st Italian Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Machines, 19th - 20th October 2020, Rome.