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Teaching body

The teaching body includes a broad range of professors of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna from various fields such as law, engineering, philosophy, social robotics, management and innovation, providing an extremely interdisciplinary perspective with a unique experience in the field. Most of the professors have actively participated in the RoboLaw project, financed by the European Commission (FP7), which developed the “Guidelines on Regulating Robotics” presented to the European Parliament and Commission in September 2014. Those guidelines triggered political debate and led to the establishment of a Commission of the European Parliament, currently discussing necessary legal reform and political action to ensure the development of a strong, yet responsible, European robotic industry, and manage the many ethical, social and economic issues that robotics brings about.


Dr. Andrea Bertolini

Andrea Bertolini is Assistant Professor in private law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) in Pisa. Dr. Bertolini earned a Ph.D. in private law summa cum laude at SSSA and a Master in Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School (CT-USA). Since 2013 he has been Adjunct Professor in Private Law at the University of Pisa, Department of Economic and Management.

Dr. Bertolini is the Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module on Europe Regulates Robotics and of the Summer School.

He started researching on Law and Robotics in 2012 with the RoboLaw project, and has since then developed an expertise on issues of liability, insurance and risk management, human enhancement and roboethics, standardization and privacy by design.

Dr. Bertolini presented his results before the European Parliament and Commission on multiple occasions and is a frequent speaker in all major robotic events in Europe and internationally. His research was covered by national and international press, including The Economist, The Times, Wired, BBC Radio, Quattroruote, Corriere della Sera, Sole 24 Ore, QN, La Stampa.

Dr. Bertolini is an attorney admitted to practice in Italy and New York.


Prof. Erica Palmerini

Erica Palmerini is Associate Professor of private law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). She was the scientific coordinator of the RoboLaw Project, financed by the European Commission, which elaborated the Guidelines on Regulating Robotics (available for download here then presented to the European Parliament and Commission.

These guidelines sparked political debate in Europe on the issues of the regulation of robotics, and introduced an innovative methodology and approach in the study of the legal and ethical issues raised by robotic devices.

In 2013, she received the World Technology Award in the category “Law”, for her research on the regulation of robotics.

Her main interests are in the areas of law and technology, bioethics, tort law and medical law.


Dr. Pericle Salvini

Dr. Salvini senior research associate at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory of the École Polytecnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). He has extensive experience in the field of Human-Robot Interaction and Robot Ethics.

He conducted research in the framework of several EU funded projects, which led him to publish extensively on the following topics: aesthetic design and perception of robots, human factor and social acceptance of robots, ethical, legal and social implications of robotics in research and applications, as well as robotic art and educational robotics.


Prof. Fabio Bonsignorio

Prof Bonsignorio is affiliate Professor at the BioRobotics Institute of the SSSA, Pisa, Italy and CEO and founder of Heron Robots. In 2009 he was awarded the Santander Chair of Excellence in Robotics at the University Carlos III of Madrid, in Spain. He has been working in the R&D departments of several major Italian and American companies, mainly in the applications of intelligent systems and technology transfer with coordination/management responsibilities for over 20 years. He is a Founding Director of euRobotics aisbl and member of the current Research Board of Directors. He coordinated the ShanghAI Lectures 2013 and 2014 editions. He is author/co-author of more than 100 publications in the last few years. He coordinated the EURON Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology and Benchmarking in Robotics, is co-chair of the IEEE RAS TC-Pebras. He is a member of the Euron Training Board. He is the coordinator of the euRobotics Topic Group on Benchmarking and Competitions.


Dr. Alberto Pirni

Alberto Pirni is Affiliate Researcher and Aggregate Professor in Political Philosophy at SSSA, where he teaches also “Public Ethics, Technology and Care”. He is Adjunct Professor of “Public Ethics” at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milan (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Master Course in “Public Policies”), as well as Adjunct Professor of “Philosophy of Intercultural Communication” at the University of Genoa (School of Humanities, Master Course in “Philosophical Methodology”).

His main research interests are classical German philosophy, public ethics and questions of justice, ethics and emerging technologies, ethics and robotics, human enhancement and models of equality.

Among his other scientific interests can be mentioned: contemporary political philosophy and social philosophy; identity, otherness, community and recognition in a multicultural and transcultural perspective; models of public sphere; Europe and supranational integration processes.

He is (co-)author and (co-)editor of more than 150 national and international publications. He delivered a number of papers and courses on such topics in several Universities in Italy and abroad (in Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, the Russian Federation, and Brazil).


Prof. Giuseppe Turchetti

Giuseppe Turchetti received his Laurea Degree in Economics from the University of Pisa. He received his PhD in Management from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, where he is professor of Economics and Management. Fulbright Scholar, he spent several years for research in USA as Visiting Scholar at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and at the Kellogg School of Management of the Northwestern University (Chicago). His main research interests are in the fields of the organisation, financing and evaluation of healthcare services and health technologies. He is working on several national and international projects in the area of healthcare technologies and management. He is author/editor of fourteen books and of two hundred scholarly papers and book chapters, and he is member of the international board of the Health Care Technology Management Association.


Prof. Alberto Di Minin

Alberto Di Minin is an Associate Professor of Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa. Professor Di Minin is also Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), University of California – Berkeley and Social Innovation Fellow with the Meridian International Center of Washington, DC. He is currently the Italian Representative on the SMEs & Access to Finance Programme Committee, for Horizon 2020, with the European Commission.

Prof. Di Minin teaches innovation management and innovation policy, he is the Co-Director of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Program at the Sant’Anna, the Director of the Confucius Institute of Pisa, and the Director of the Galilei Institute in Chongqing University.

His research deals with Open Innovation, appropriation of innovation and science and technology policy. He also works on technology transfer, intellectual property and R&D management. 

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