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DEEPER

Deep Brain Photonic Tools for Cell-Type Specific Targeting of Neural Diseases

2021 – 2025

DEEPER project (Deep Brain Photonic Tools for Cell-Type Specific Targeting of Neural Diseases) clusters technological, neuroscientific and clinical experts together with innovative start-ups and leading companies with the aim of developing photonic tools for imaging and manipulating of the neuronal activity in deep brain regions.
The long-term vision of the project is to exploit photonics for meeting medical and research needs in revealing the molecular and cellular dysfunctions underlying the pathogenesis of neurological diseases. These goals will result in less invasive and more effective treatments of dramatic social impacting pathologies, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia.

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Nanobright

2019 – 2023

NanoBRIGHT is a research project funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 828972

NanoBRIGHT aims at bringing nanophotonics into the brain, with the long-term vision of developing novel cutting-edge optical approaches to study and treat pathological conditions of the brain without using genetically-encoded proteins. This vision is targeted by four research institute distribute in Europe, in Italy, Spain and France.

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MODEM

Multipoint Optical DEvices for Minimally invasive neural circuits interface

2016 - 2021

MODEM is financed by EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC). A primary goal of experimental neuroscience is to dissect the neural microcircuitry underlying brain function, ultimately to link specific neural circuits to behavior. There is widespread agreement that innovative new research tools are required to better understand the incredible structural and functional complexity of the brain. To this aim, optical techniques based on genetically encoded neural activity indicators and actuators have represented a revolution for experimental neuroscience, allowing genetic targeting of specific classes of neurons and brain circuits. However, for optical approaches to reach their full potential, we need new generations of devices better able to interface with the extreme complexity and diversity of brain topology and connectivity.

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Design and characterisation of a Parylene-based coating process for Ultrasonic probe fabrication

2016 – 2018

The purpose of the collaboration will be the provision of services for the characterization of tribological and adhesion properties of Parylene layers deposited on soft materials (e.g. polyurethane-ether and / or silicon RTV).

The project will aim at validating an industrializable Parylene deposition process for the manufacture of acoustic probes for applications in ultrasound imaging.

In collaboration with ESAOTE.

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Energy harvesting in marine environment

2017 – 2019

Development of innovative technologies in the field of energy conversion in marine environment. In collaboration with ENEL Green Power.

Production of innovative methods to generate and store electric energy by marine water motion. In particular, we are interested in the realization of a compact and low-visual impact Aluminun Nitride (AlN)-based, flexible, piezoelectric harvester, capable of generating electrical power from the action of water currents and the energy of waves.

In collaboration with ENEL Green Power.

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Nanoplatforms for enhanced immune responses

2017 – 2020

Financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. The present research project falls in the subject area of nanomaterials for medicine and health-care.

Specifically, we intend to take advantage of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as multivalent platforms to prepare putative nanovaccines by synthesizing:

1) AuNPs displaying two different carbohydrate antigens arranged in a controlled fashion on a single nanoparticle, which have the potential to target simultaneously distinct serotypes of a single bacterial species;

2) AuNPs where the monolayer has been engineered to include also a peptide, acting as a T-helper cell epitope;

3) In a more complex evolution, three-components AuNPs comprising also an immunostimulating compound, as a built-in adjuvant or immune potentiator, targeting the innate immune cells.

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REM

Recover of Energy from fluid Mechanics for internet of things and remote sensing

2017 - 2020

Financed by Horizon 2020– PON 2014/2020. The project aims to develop a recovery system of kinetic energy and make it immediately available to day-to-day applications (wearable devices, low-power actuators, low-range wireless transmitters). The proposed system is based on recyclable and environmentally friendly materials, which uses extremely flexible piezoelectric devices and a very small size to recover kinetic energy from gaseous fluids (wind, gas pipelines and air currents), but also by the movement of liquids (motions Waves, sea and river currents) with virtually no environmental and visual impact.
The ultimate demonstrator will consist of a Remote, Wireless and Powerless IoT node (Internet of Things) inserted into the exhaust gas current emitted by an automobile muffler, with sensing capabilities (temperature, accelerometers, gyroscopes, proximity, concentration of chemical species for Pollution measures ...) and periodic transmission of the data to a collection station.

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Novel optrodes for large-scale electrophysiology and site-specific stimulation

2015 – 2018

The project target is to develop, implement, and test new devices for large scale recording and optogenetic manipulation of neurons in the rodent and non-human primate brain.

The project is funded by National Institute of Health (USA).

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BRAINBIT

All-optical brain-to-brain behaviour and information transfer

2016 – 2019

Financed by EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC). The goal of this project is to establish a novel paradigm of brain-to-brain communication based on direct full-optical recording and controlled stimulation of neuronal activity in different subjects.

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WiNOT

Wireless Networks through on-chip Optical Technology

2017 – 2020

Financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. This project aims at demonstrating wireless nano and micro scale optical communication through nanoantennas integrated in optical Networks on Chip (NoC), to achieve unprecedented improvements of computational efficiency of upcoming Chip Multi Processors (CMPs).
To demonstrate the feasibility of optical wireless link for on-chip integration, the WiNOT Project will focus on the:

  • wireless link design by devoloping integrated theoretical/numerical tools suitable for the design of optical nanoantennas, the modelling of the intra-chip wireless propagation channel and both the analysis and the optimization of on-chip wireless optical networks;
  • fabrication and characterization of optical wireless links in simple point-to-point and more advanced point-to-multipoint configurations thus showing the effectiveness of the proposed solution for CMP communications;
  • network design and optimization.

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Robotics and AI for Socio-economic Empowerment
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Il progetto ROBOTICS AND AI FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (RAISE) mira a sostenere lo sviluppo di un ecosistema di innovazione basato sui domini scientifici e tecnologici dell'AI e della Robotica, concentrandosi sulle esigenze di uno specifico contesto regionale, ovvero la Regione Liguria. Il progetto aspira ad evolvere in un ecosistema altamente attrattivo per imprese, investitori e ricercatori, sia a livello nazionale che internazionale. Il progetto proposto è radicato in un territorio regionale caratterizzato da specificità scientifiche, tecnologiche ed economiche (coerenza piena con Smart Specialization regionale). La Liguria appare come un laboratorio a cielo aperto in cui i trend demografici si sono manifestati prima che in qualsiasi altra parte del mondo (per una serie di ragioni storiche) e proprio qui sono presenti alcuni dei più grandi laboratori di ricerca robotica e di IA presenti in Italia con programmi scientifici che esplorano la compresenza di macchine intelligenti accanto all'uomo per migliorare la qualità della vita e del lavoro, (“Robot Valley”). In questa prospettiva, mira a costruire sui punti di forza e contribuire a ridurre le debolezze, facendo leva sulle risorse e le capacità esistenti, nonché generando nuove opportunità attraverso un trasferimento di conoscenze efficace ed efficiente. L'idea alla base di questo ecosistema è quella di coordinare e valorizzare questi progetti in una logica di integrazione del sistema di trasferimento tecnologico, utilizzando il mercato locale come uno straordinario e immediato laboratorio di sperimentazione. L'ecosistema rappresenta una sorta di "motore" per riscrivere le basi dell'industrializzazione tramite la Robotica e l’intelligenza artificiale anche per affrontare la sfida energetica e, includere una solida progettazione etica e human-centred, creando connessioni stabili e virtuose tra gli attori coinvolti e mettendo in atto un ambiente che favorisca l'innovazione ad alto impatto economico e sociale. Il progetto si propone l'ambizioso obiettivo di assumere un ruolo di riferimento nell'area di specializzazione delineata, a livello nazionale e internazionale.

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People involved
Monica Gori
Monica Gori
Unit for Visually Impaired People
Arash Ajoudani
Arash Ajoudani
Human-Robot Interfaces and Interaction
Athanassia Athanassiou
Athanassia Athanassiou
Smart Materials
Lucia Beccai
Lucia Beccai
Soft BioRobotics Perception
Luca Berdondini
Luca Berdondini
Microtechnology for Neuroelectronics
Darwin Caldwell
Darwin Caldwell
Advanced Robotics
Ferdinando Cannella
Ferdinando Cannella
Industrial Robotics Facility
Marco Crepaldi
Marco Crepaldi
Electronic Design Laboratory
Lorenzo De Michieli
Lorenzo De Michieli
Technology Transfer Directorate
Massimo De Vittorio
Massimo De Vittorio
Smart Healthcare Technologies
Paolo Decuzzi
Paolo Decuzzi
Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine
Alessio Del Bue
Alessio Del Bue
Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision
Giorgio Grioli
Giorgio Grioli
Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation
Guglielmo Lanzani
Guglielmo Lanzani
Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience
Marco Maggiali
Marco Maggiali
iCub Tech
Barbara Mazzolai
Barbara Mazzolai
Bioinspired Soft Robotics
Lorenzo Natale
Lorenzo Natale
Humanoid Sensing and Perception
Andrea Pagnin
Technology Transfer Directorate
Alberto Parmiggiani
Alberto Parmiggiani
Mechanical Workshop
Ferruccio Pisanello
Ferruccio Pisanello
Multifunctional Neural Interfaces with deep-brain regions
Pier Paolo Pompa
Pier Paolo Pompa
Nanobiointeractions & Nanodiagnostics
Massimiliano Pontil
Massimiliano Pontil
Computational Statistics and Machine Learning
Daniele Pucci
Daniele Pucci
Artificial and Mechanical Intelligence
Walter Rocchia
Walter Rocchia
Computational mOdelling of NanosCalE and bioPhysical sysTems
Alessandra Sciutti
Alessandra Sciutti
COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies
Claudio Semini
Claudio Semini
Dynamic Legged Systems
Raffaella Tonini
Raffaella Tonini
Neuromodulation of Cortical and Subcortical Circuits
Valter Tucci
Valter Tucci
Genetics and Epigenetics of Behavior
Project information
Raise new 11.2023
Acronym
RAISE Robotics and AI for Socio-economic Empowerment
Start date
01/10/2022
End date
30/09/2025
Role
Partner
Funds
National
Budget
Total budget: 43.243.513,54€
Total contribution: 19.143.605,00€
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