Cecilia Laschi is Full Professor of Biorobotics at the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy, where she serves as Rector’s delegate to Research. She graduated in Computer Science at the University of Pisa in 1993 and received the Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Genoa in 1998. In 2001-2002 she was JSPS visiting researcher at Waseda University in Tokyo.
Her research interests are in the field of soft robotics, a young research area that she pioneered and contributed to develop at international level, including its applications in marine robotics. She has been working in humanoid robotics she is now in the NeuroRobotic Platform of the Human Brain Project FET-Flagship.
She is in the Editorial Boards of several international journals. She serves as reviewer for many journals, including Nature, for the European Commission, including the ERC programme, and for many national research agencies.
She is member of the IEEE, of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and of the Robotics & Automation Society, where she served as elected AdCom member and currently is Co-Chair of the TC on Soft Robotics.
She is founding member of RoboTech srl, spin-off company of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in the sector of edutainment robotics.