Computer Science


Current position
Assistant Professor, University of Siena
Robotic Grasping
Robotics Gripper Design
Soft Robotics
Modular Robotics
Control Design

Personal web


Gionata Salvietti received the M.S. degree in Robotics and Automation and the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Siena, Siena, Italy, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He was a post-doc researcher with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia from 2012 to 2015. He was a Visiting Researcher with the DLR Institute for Robotic and Mechatronics, in 2012 and a Visiting Student with TAMS Group, University of Hamburg, in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena. His research interests are robotic and human grasping, collaborative robotics, assistive devices, and haptics.


Assistant Professor (RTD-A)
Università degli Studi di Siena
March 2016 – Present | Siena, Tuscany

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
October 2012 – February 2015 | Genova

Visiting Researcher
German Aerospace Center
June 2012 – October 2012


Università degli Studi di Siena / University of Siena
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2009 – 2012

Università degli Studi di Siena / University of Siena
Ingegneria Informatica - Robotica e Automazione
2006 – 2009

Università degli Studi di Siena / University of Siena
Ingegneria dell'automazione
2002 – 2006


  • Soft Hands with Embodied Constraints: The Soft ScoopGripper
    Salvietti, Z. Iqbal, M. Malvezzi, T. Eslami, D. Prattichizzo In Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Montreal, Canada

  • Replicating Human Hand Synergies onto Robotic Hands: a Review on Software and Hardware Strategies
    G. Salvietti, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 12:27-31

  • Toward wearable supernumerary robotic fingers to compensate missing grasping abilities in hemiparetic upper limb
    Irfan Hussain, Giovanni Spagnoletti, Gionata Salvietti, Domenico Prattichizzo. International Journal of Robotics Research, 36:1414-1436

  • Multi-Contact Bilateral Telemanipulation with Kinematic Asymmetries
    G. Salvietti, L. Meli, G. Gioioso, M. Malvezzi, D. Prattichizzo. IEEE/ASME Transaction on Mechatronics, 22(1):445-456

  • Compensating Hand Function in Chronic Stroke Patients Through the Robotic Sixth Finger
    G. Salvietti, I. Hussain, D. Cioncoloni, S. Taddei, S. Rossi, D. Prattichizzo. Transaction on Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering, 25(2):142-150

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