Fanny Ficuciello has obtained the Laurea degree magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II in 2007 with the thesis: "Control Strategies for Light-Weight robot with elastic joints for a safe and dependable Physical Human-Robot Interaction". She received the Ph.D. degree in Computer and Automation Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II, in November 2010 with thesis title "Modelling and Control for Soft Finger Manipulation and Human-Robot Interaction". From September to March 2010 she was a visiting scholar in the Control Engineering Group at the University of Twente (Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Stramigioli. Currently she is a Post-Doc at University of Naples Federico II.
Her research interests include: biomechanical design and bio-aware and control strategies for anthropomorphic artificial hands, grasping and manipulation with hand/arm and dual hand/arm robotic systems, human-robot interaction control, variable impedance control and redundancy resolution strategies. Recently she is involved also on surgical robotics research projects, as a member of the ICAROS center (Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic Surgery) of the University of Naples Federico II. During the research activity Fanny Ficuciello has developed planning and control strategies based on postural synergies and supervised learning and reinforcement learning techniques for anthropomorphic hands; impedance based control strategies for hand-arm and dual hand-arm systems and intentional-aware human-robot interaction. She is involved in several past and ongoing european projects: SAPHARI, DEXMART, PRIENDS, RoDyMan.