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Rocco Vertechy

Professore associato

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

Settore scientifico disciplinare: ING-IND/13 MECCANICA APPLICATA ALLE MACCHINE

Temi di ricerca

Parole chiave: Materiali e strutture intelligenti, meccatronica, robotica

Rocco’s research activities deal with the development of complex mechatronic systems with rigid and deformable structures, with specific expertise in:

  • Kinematic and dynamic modelling
  • Multi-physic modelling
  • Computed aided engineering design
  • Model-based control

Applications are in the following fields:

  1. Smart Transducers:
    • Sensors, actuators and generators based on dielectric elastomers
    • Actuators based on twisted and coiled polymer fibers
    • Actuators based on shape memory alloys
    • Series-elastic and variable-impedance actuators
  2. Smart Structures:
    • Mechanism with compliant joints
    • Inflatable elastomeric composite structures
    • Topology optimization of multifunctional components to be produced by additive manufacturing
  3. Robotics:
    • Active exoskeletons for upper and lower limbs
    • Snake-like mobile robots
    • Robots that interact with human and the environment
    • Collaborative robots
    • Parallel manipulators
  4. Renewable Energy Systems:
    • Ocean wave energy harvesting
    • Airborne (high-altitude) wind energy harvesting
  5. Soft Biomedical Devices:
    • Wearable sensors to measure human motion
    • Miniature systems for tissue and fluid manipulation