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For the 'significant contribution to the development of robots for minimally invasive surgery': Arianna Menciassi has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

To Arianna Menciassi, vice-rector of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, one of the most important honours for the engineering sciences, awarded to a limited number of Senior Members, recognised leaders of the scientific community
Publication date: 22.12.2022
Arianna Menciassi
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"Significant contribution to the development of robots for minimally invasive surgery": with this motivation, Arianna Menciassi, vice-rector and full professors in biomedical robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, has been elected Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's most important association of scientists in the field of engineering sciences, based in New York. The nomination was initiated by the IEEE Society for Robotics and Automation (RAS).
The honour is one of the most prestigious in the IEEE and is awarded to a very limited number of Senior Members who have made significant contributions to the advancement or applications in the field of engineering, science and technology, establishing themselves as leaders for the community.

The same recognition was also awarded to Cecilia Laschi, for her outstanding contribution to 'soft robotics', a full professor on leave from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, now at the National University of Singapore.

The main research interests of Arianna Menciassi, the only scientist elected this year Fellow serving at an Italian university, include surgical robotics, microrobotics for biomedical applications, biomechatronic artificial organs, and advanced solutions for the implementation of biomedical devices. Special attention was given to the combination of traditional robotics and 'wireless' solutions for targeted therapy, with extensive use of ultrasonic beams and magnetic fields.

"I would like to congratulate you on these important awards, which confirm, once again, how the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the BioRobotics Institute are at the forefront of research and in their ability to generate impact on society, helping to improve the quality of life, with innovative and effective solutions in therapy. I am particularly delighted with these leaderships, in STEM fields, and I am certain that they will inspire many girls to approach scientific disciplines for their university studies,' says Rector Sabina Nuti.