The Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics of Livorno is part of The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, a world recognised insititution for higher education and research, ranked as the best small athenaeum in Italy in 2013 according to ANVUR's classification (National Agency for the Evaluation of the Research and University System).
The BioRobotics Institute is one of the top italian institutions at delivering excellent research in robotics, focussing on a broad range of topics which span from humanoid robotics to surgical robotics, neuro robotics, soft robotics and marine robotics.
At the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics research is conducted on surface and underwater autonomous systems, undewater manipulator control and environmental sensors as well as on bioinspired aquatic robots. The Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics is one of the few research centres involved in the development of underwater soft robots. Soft robotics is a branch of research which aims at exploiting the compliant nature of soft materials in order to develop new breeds of robots with unprecedented motion skills and advanced capabilities to interact with the environment. At the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics the design concept of soft robotics are borrowed with the aim of designing innovative underwater robots for delivering innovative solutions to the many problems of offshore engineering and sea technolgies.
In this respect, the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics's research direction attempts to comply to recent EU directives.
At present, four reasearch project are ongoing at the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics: PoseiDRONE, CFD-OctoProp, V-Fides and COMAS respectively founded by the Fondazione Livorno, the EU FP7, Regione Toscana and Regione Calabria.