The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is most pleased to announce that Paolo Dario has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2024 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award. Professor Dario was selected “for establishing and advancing bionics and biorobotics as key research areas worldwide, integrating robotics and medicine.” Professor Dario will receive the award at the 2024 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), which will be held in Yokohama, Japan from 13-17 May 2024.
Paolo Dario is the father of biorobotics. The techniques he innovated are the basis for the practical application of robotics in engineering and medicine, including minimally invasive surgery and rehabilitation devices for the elderly and disabled. He was one of the main proposers of bio-inspired sensors and devices, and of medical applications of robotics, at a time when they were unknown to most roboticists. His pioneering work in tactile sensing and artificial perception for robots enabled cybernetic prostheses that directly interfaced with the nervous system. He has also contributed to the development of neurorobotics, which combines the latest advances in neuroscience with robotics to expand the capability of human-robot interaction and empower the robot with human intelligence.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dario is Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Robotics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
About the IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (TFA) was established in 2002 by the IEEE Board of Directors. This TFA is presented for contributions in the field of robotics and automation; it is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
More information and a list of past recipients can be found here.