Maria Pozzi

Via Roma 56, 53100 Siena, Italy

Currently, I am Post-Doc at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics of the University of Siena.
My main research interests include robotic grasping and manipulation, human-robot collaboration, wearable haptics and educational robotics.



The complete list of my publications is available here.

My Google Scholar profile is available here.

Organized Workshops

  • V. R. Garate, M. Pozzi, M. A. Roa, Emerging paradigms for robotic manipulation: from the lab to the productive world (II edition), International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021), virtual event. Link.
  • F. Negrello, V. Ruiz Garate, M. Pozzi, L. Pallottino, Human Factors in the design and control of robots: What are we missing), I-RIM 3D 2020, virtual event. Link. This workshop had the goal of raising awareness on the importance of considering human diversity (age, ethnic group, gender, disabilities, etc.) in the design and control of robots meant to interact with humans in their daily activities.
  • M. Pozzi, T. Lisini Baldi, M. Bianchi, D. Prattichizzo, TIGHT: Tactile InteGration between Human and arTificial systems (II edition), IEEE RO-MAN 2020, virtual event. Link.
  • T. Lisini Baldi, M. Pozzi, M. Bianchi, D. Prattichizzo, TIGHT: Tactile InteGration between Human and arTificial systems, I-RIM 3D 2019, Rome, Italy. Link. This workshop discussed how new tactile communication paradigms can be exploited to increase the user's confidence in her/his collaborator, no matter if it is another connected human or a robot, and their mutual understanding.
  • M. Pozzi, V. R. Garate, M. A. Roa, Emerging paradigms for robotic manipulation: from the lab to the productive world, Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) 2019, Freiburg, Germany. Link. This workshop brought together research experts as well as representatives of companies to discuss how new approaches in the field of robotic manipulation can efficiently be transferred from the research labs to the productive world.
  • 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.
  • Projects

    I am currently involved in the PRIN project TIGHT: "Tactile InteGration for Humans and arTificial systems".

    I also worked on the European Projects WEARHAP, SOMA, SoftPro, and INBOTS.


    selected Posters and Abstracts

  • C. Gaudeni, M. Pozzi, Z. Iqbal, M. Malvezzi, D. Prattichizzo, Grasping with the SoftPad, Poster, Workshop on "Application-Driven Soft Robotic Systems: Translational Challenges", IROS 2020, Video.
  • M. Pozzi, C. Gaudeni, J. Bimbo, Z. Iqbal, E. Turco, M. Ghazaei Ardakani, G. Salvietti, V. Bo, M. Malvezzi, D. Prattichizzo, Soft Hand-Environment Interaction in Grasping Tasks, Poster, Workshop on "SHAPING THE QUALITY METRIC OF A GRASP WITH THE MANIPULATION TASK", ICRA 2020, Video
  • M. Pozzi, G. Paolocci, L. Franco, T. Lisini Baldi, G. Salvietti, D. Prattichizzo, Human-human and human-robot tactile communication paradigms, Poster, Workshop on Haptic Assistance and Augmented Sensing For Enhancing Autonomy of Visual Impaired People, RSS, Freiburg, Germany, 2019.
  • M. Pozzi, G. Salvietti, M. Malvezzi, J. Bimbo, D. Prattichizzo, The Closure Signature: A Functional Approach to Model Underactuated Compliant Robotic Hand, Poster,, Firenze, Italy, 2018.
  • G. Salvietti, M. Malvezzi, Z. Iqbal, M. Pozzi, D. Prattichizzo, Design of a Novel Generation of Cooperative Grippers for Smart Factories, Poster,, Firenze, Italy, 2018.
  • M. Pozzi, E. Miguel, R. Deimel, M. Malvezzi, B. Bickel, O. Brock, D. Prattichizzo, Efficient FEM-Based Simulation of Soft Fingers, Oral presentation, Workshop on Modelling and Control of Soft Robotic Manipulators, RoboSoft 2018, Livorno.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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
    Supervisor: Domenico Prattichizzo (UNISI)
    Co-supervisors: Monica Malvezzi (UNISI), Darwin Caldwell (IIT)
    Thesis title: Grasping and Manipulation with Soft Robotic Hands
    Score: Excellent cum laude

    Master of Science in Computer and Automation Engineering

    University of Siena
    Supervisor: Domenico Prattichizzo (UNISI)
    Co-supervisor: Monica Malvezzi (UNISI)
    Thesis title: On the Quality of the Grasp for Underactuated and Compliant Hands
    Score: 110/110 cum laude

    Bachelor of Science in Information Engineering

    University of Siena
    Supervisor: Domenico Prattichizzo (UNISI)
    Thesis title: Hand Models for Robotics Applications: Analysis and Implementation
    Score: 110/110 cum laude



    On-line course on The Art of Grasping and Manipulation in Robotics. Link.

    FONDAMENTI DI INFORMATICA 2018 (in Italian only)

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

  • Rappresentazione dell'informazione
  • Introduzione alle strutture dati
  • Algebra di Boole
  • Esempi di algoritmi