Dr Maria Elena Giannaccini

  • BS16 1QY


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Research interests

My research interests are in the area of soft robotics applied to implantable devices, hydrostatic skeleton inspired structures, grasping, tactile sensing.

I am now working on the RoboVox project, financed by Wellcome Trust. The aim of the project is to design an implantable artificial larynx. I am working with Prof. Jonathan Rossiter and Dr Andy Conn. The RoboVox project is a cooperation between the University of Bristol and UCL, London. 

Previously, I worked on the characterisation of the bioinspired sensor Tactip as a force sensor and on the modification of its hardware design.

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FirstTalk Introductions

Rossiter, J. M., Giannaccini, M. E., Fannin, M. & Morgan, H.


Project: Research

Research Output

  • 3 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 2 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

Robotic Simulator of Vocal Fold Paralysis

Giannaccini, M. E., Hinitt, A., Gough, E., Stinchcombe, A., Yue, K., Conn, A. & Rossiter, J., 6 Jul 2019, Living Machines 2019: Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems. Vouloutsi, V., Mura, A., Verschure, P. F. M. J., Mangan, M., Prescott, T. J., Martinez-Hernandez, U. & Asada, M. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 134-145 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11556 LNAI).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

  • Design and control of a novel variable stiffness soft arm

    Hao, L., Xiang, C., Giannaccini, M. E., Cheng, H., Zhang, Y., Nefti-Meziani, S. & Davis, S., 3 Jun 2018, In : Advanced Robotics. 32, 11, p. 605-622 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    120 Downloads (Pure)

    Novel Design of a Soft Lightweight Pneumatic Continuum Robot Arm with Decoupled Variable Stiffness and Positioning

    Giannaccini, M. E., Xiang, C., Atyabi, A., Theodoridis, T., Nefti-Meziani, S. & Davis, S., Feb 2018, In : Soft Robotics. 5, 1, p. 54-70 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 198 Downloads (Pure)


    Object exploration using vision and active touch

    Pestell, N. J. (Creator), Giannaccini, M. E. (Creator), Ward-Cherrier, B. (Creator), Roscow, E. (Creator), Aquilina, K. (Creator), Cramphorn, L. (Creator) & Lepora, N. F. (Creator), University of Bristol, 26 Jul 2017