PROF. MARCO CECCARELLI
Director of LARM, Full Professor
Marco Ceccarelli received the MSc degree in mechanical engineering and PhD in Applied Mechanics at University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, in 1982 and 1987, respectively. He was visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA, in 1987, and visiting professor at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain, in 1990 with a CNR-NATO grant. From 1990 to 2019 he worked at the University of Cassino, Italy, where he was appointed Full Professor in 2001. Between 2014 and 2019 he was also visiting professor at Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Since 2019, he has been Full Professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Prof. Ceccarelli is Scientific Editor of two Springer Book Series: Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) and History of MMS, Editor-in-chief of Robotics, and Associate Editor of several other journals. He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from several international Universities and the ASME Historian Award. He is ASME fellow. He was elected Secretary-General of IFToMM from 2004 to 2007 and IFToMM President from 2008 to 2011 and from 2016 to 2019. His research interests cover aspects of mechanism design, mechanics and design of robots, and history of mechanical engineering.
DR MATTEO RUSSO
Matteo Russo received the BSc and MSc degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Cassino, Italy, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. In 2019, he was awarded a European Doctorate with his PhD in mechanical and biomechanical engineering. He was a visiting researcher at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, at University of the Basque Country, Spain, and at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. From 2019 to 2022, he has been a Research Fellow at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, where he worked on maintenance robotics for the aerospace and nuclear industry. In 2022, he joined the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (RTDb).
His main research interests are continuum robots, mechanism design, robot kinematics, and parallel manipulators. His awards and honours include the IFToMM Young Delegate Program Award and several best paper awards at international conferences. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and a member of IEEE, IFToMM Italy, and I-RIM.
PhD Student (2023-2026)
Clara Kierbel received a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (2020) and a MSc in Engineering for Health, Specialty Mechatronic Systems for Rehabilitation (2022) from Sorbonne University, Paris VI. She is currently working on a PhD in soft robotics, developing an intra-uteral soft robot for gynecological surgeries.
PhD Student (2023-2026) – Industrial Doctorate, ENEA
Luca Quattrucci received the BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Roma Tre University, Italy, and MSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Modena and Reggio Emilia University, Italy, in 2019 and 2023, respectively. He has been working toward the PhD degree at the University of Rome Tor Vergata since November 2023. His current research topic is the design of cooperative robotic arms for the disassembly of Lithium-Ion batteries in the automotive industry.
PhD Student (2023-2026)
Sergei Kotov received a MSc in Cyber Security (2006) from Cherepovets Military Engineering Institute of Radio Electronics, Russia and in Internet Business Management (2012) from State University of Management, Moscow, Russia. He is currently working on a PhD degree at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, developing motion assistance exoskeletons for elderly people.
PhD Student (2023-2026)
Giovanni Mastrangelo received the MSc degree in biomedical engineering in 2017 at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy and subsequently he obtained a professional qualification. In 2019 he obtained the 1st level master degree in Teaching Profession at University of Molise, Italy, and in 2022 the 2nd level master degree in Management and Direction of Healthcare Companies at University LUM Giuseppe Degennaro, Italy. From 2018 he collaborates as a freelancer providing consultancy in the clinical engineering field for private hospital clinics and training consultant at schools for educational robotics. He was adjunct professor from 2020 at the University of Rome Sapienza and Tor Vergata at the Neuromed educational center, for applied physics, computer science and biophysics courses; from 2021 at the University of Molise for mathematics, statistics and physics courses; from 2023 at the University of Cassino Unicas for evaluation of technologies in healthcare. He is currently working on a PhD degree at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, developing a wearable robotic system for ankle rehabilitation. His research interest include design of medical devices, biomechanics, medical robotics, rehabilitation robotics and assistive robotics.
KARLA NAYELI SILVA GARCES
PhD Student (2022-2025) – Dual Doctorate, IPN (Mexico)
Karla Nayeli Silva Garces received the BSc degree in biomedical engineering (2018) and MSc degree (cum laude) in mechanical engineering (2020) from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico. She is currently working towards a double PhD degree at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, and Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, from January 2022. Her research interest include design of medical devices, biomechanics, medical robotics and vehicular passive safety. In 2020 she received the Best Postgraduate Thesis Award at Instituto Politecnico Nacional.
PhD Student (2021-2024)
Wenshuo Gao is currently pursuing the PhD in Industrial Engineering at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. His research interests include robotics and mechanics, with a focus on humanoid robot, control system, sensor application, and manipulators.
DR DANIELE CAFOLLA
Research Fellow (2022-2023) – Now Lecturer at Swansea University (UK)
Daniele Cafolla received a dual MSc degree in mechanical engineering in 2012 at the University of Cassino, Italy, and Panamerican University, Mexico. From 2013 to 2014, he was a visiting researcher at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2016, he was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Cassino, Italy, and at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2016 and 2017. Since July 2018, he has been the Director of the Biomechatronics Lab at the Clinical Research Institute IRCCS Neuromed, Italy. At the University of Rome Tor Vergata, he has been Adjunct Professor of Robot Mechanics and Applied Physics, and Research Fellow at LARM. In 2023, he joined the University of Swansea, United Kingdom, as Lecturer in Robotics & AI.
Dr Cafolla is involved in several projects regarding neurorobotics, assistive robotics, exploration robotics, mechatronics, sensors, biomechanics, mechanical design, and rapid prototyping. He is the author of a book and several journal and conference papers. He is member of IFToMM, IEEE and I-RIM.
JORGE ARAQUE ISIDRO
PhD Student (2020-2023) – Now Lecturer at Santiago de Cali University (Colombia)
Jorge Araque got the MSc in industrial control in 2021 at the University of Pamplona, Colombia. As a doctoral student at the Department of Industrial Enginering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, he has developed a space robot for operation on the International Space Station. From 2014 until 2020, he was Adjunct Professor at the University of Pamplona, Colombia, for technical, technological, and professional programs in the mechatronics field. He is currently a Lecturer at Santiago de Cali University, Colombia. Mr Araque’s interests include mechatronics, rehabilitation robotics, mechanism design and space robotics.
PhD Student (2020-2023)
Alexander Titov got the MSc in aerospace engineering at Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia. As a PhD Student at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, he has designed the gripper for the berthing of CubeSat microsatellites. His research interests are mechanism design, robotics, and aerospace.