Maria Pozzi

Via Roma 56, 53100 Siena, Italy

Since 2015, I am a Ph.D. student in Information Engineering and Science at the University of Siena and at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy, under the supervision of Domenico Prattichizzo and Darwin Caldwell.
I was awarded with the B.S. degree in Computer and Information Engineering in 2013 and with the M.S. degree in Computer and Automation Engineering in 2015 from the University of Siena, Italy.

My main research interests include robotic grasping and manipulation, underactuated and compliant robotic hands, and educational robotics.



The complete list of my publications is available here.

Organized Workshops

M. A. Roa, D. Prattichizzo, M. Malvezzi, M. Pozzi, Workshop on Evaluation and Benchmarking of Underactuated and Soft Robotic Hands, 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), Daejeon, Korea, October 9-14. Link
The workshop aimed at looking for answers to the growing need of mathematical tools and shared standards in the emergent field of soft manipulation. In particular, it tackled the problem of finding innovative ways to evaluate grasps with underactuated and soft robotic hands.

October 9-14, 2016


I am currently involved in three European Projects: SoftPro, SOMA, and INBOTS.


  • M. Pozzi, M. Malvezzi, D. Prattichizzo, Contact Force Distribution and Grasp Robustness Evaluation in Underactuated and Compliant Robotic Hands, Poster, Exploiting contact and dynamics in manipulation Workshop, ICRA 2016, Stockholm.
  • M. Pozzi, Grasp Quality Evaluation in Underactuated and Compliant Robotic Hands: New Indexes and New Challenges, Poster, Women in Robotics Workshop, RSS 2017, Boston.
  • M. Pozzi, E. Miguel, R. Deimel, M. Malvezzi, B. Bickel, O. Brock, D. Prattichizzo Efficient FEM-Based Simulation of Soft Fingers, Abstract presentation, Workshop on Modelling and Control of Soft Robotic Manipulators, RoboSoft 2018, Livorno.
  • Education

    Ph.D. Information Engineering and Science

    Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena, Italy
    Dept. of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy
    Supervisors: Domenico Prattichizzo (UNISI), Darwin Caldwell (IIT).
    November 2015 - Present

    Master of Science in Computer and Automation Engineering

    University of Siena

    Thesis title: On the Quality of the Grasp for Underactuated and Compliant Hands

    Score: 110/110 cum laude

    October 2013 - September 2015

    Bachelor of Science in Information Engineering

    University of Siena

    Thesis title: Hand Models for Robotics Applications: Analysis and Implementation.

    Score: 110/110 cum laude

    October 2010 - September 2013



    MOOC on The Art of Grasping and Manipulation in Robotics. Link.


    Notes by Daniele Pepe and me are available at the following links:

    Algorithm review - 27 October 2017 - Link

    Data structures, Functions and Recursion - 15-16-17 November 2017 - Link

    Matrix multiplication - 22 November 2017 - Link

    Excercise - 1 December 2017 - Link