About me

Current Position

  • Present2019

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (CSAIL)


Visiting Student

  • July 2017May 2017

    DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt)

    Where: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Working with: Prof. Alin Albu-Schaeffer, Dr. Dominc Lakatos

    Working on: Efficient cyclic motions in Soft Robots

  • May 2018October 2017

    MIT-CSAIL (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)

    Where: Cambridge, MA, USA

    Working with: Prof. Daniela RusRobert K. Katzschmann

    Working on: Model based control of continuous Soft Robot


  • September 2019
    I-RAS Young Author Best Paper Award ``Fabrizio Flacco`` 2019
    I got the award with the paper
    Della Santina et al. ``Toward Dexterous Manipulation With Augmented Adaptive Synergies: The Pisa/IIT SoftHand 2” IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, VOL. 34, NO. 5, OCTOBER 2018

    I was finalist also with the paper
    Della Santina et al. “Controlling Soft Robots” IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017.

  • November 2017
    Best Robotics Paper & Best Student Paper
    Averta, Della Santina et al. ``From Humans to Robots: the Role of Cutaneous Impairment in Human Environmental Constraint Exploitation to Inform the Design of Robotic Hands``, 9th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems (ICUMT)
  • September 2016
    Member of the winning team
    Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition, IROS2016 - Hand-by-hand track.
  • November 2015
    Best Interactive Paper
    Della Santina et al. ``Dexterity augmentation on a synergistic hand: the Pisa/IIT SoftHand+``, 15th IEEE RAS Humanoids Conference, Seoul, Korea

Past Positions

  • June 2019November 2018

    Research Fellow

    Centro E. Piaggio – Pisa

  • October 2015October 2014

    Research Assistant

    Centro E. Piaggio – Pisa

Other work experiences

  • August 2013August 2013

    Computer Engineer

    CERN - Geneva

  • October 2012August 2012

    Computer Engineer

    FermiLab - Batavia, Chicago, Illinois