I am inventor of 6 patents on novel actuators (with soft materials and shape memory alloy), an active system for motion scale and tremor cancellation, a medical device for colonoscopy.
Venture Competition, Dundee, “A soft disposable colonoscope for a painless and low cost colonoscopy screening and treatment”, Winner, Staff category, 2020
Surgical Robotic Challenge, shortlisted for final competition, UK-RAS, Hamlyn Symposium, London, 22nd of June, 2019
Venture Challenge, Dundee, “A soft disposable colonoscope for a painless and low cost colonoscopy”, Winner, 2019
Venture Competition, Dundee, “A soft disposable colonoscope for a painless and low cost colonoscopy”, Runner-up, Staff category, 2019
Prize for the CARPE oral presentation in the Emerging Technology session, SAGES, Congress in Boston, USA, 2016
SAGES Foundation Felicien M Steichen Surgical Innovation Award, at the SAGES Congress in Baltimore, USA, 2013
L. Manfredi, "A Compact Control Unit for a Pneumatic Soft Colonoscope", Proc. of the ACTUATOR 2021, 17-19 February, 2021.
S. Wen, Y. Zhao, H. Zhang, H. Zhang, L. Manfredi, "Joint optimization based on direct sparse stereo visual-inertial odometry", Autonomous Robots, 2020
S. Wen, Y. Zhao, X. Yuan, Z. Wang, D. Zhang, L. Manfredi, “Path planning for active SLAM based on deep reinforcement learning under unknown environments”, 2020, Intelligent Service Robotics
L. Manfredi, E. Capoccia, G. Ciuti, A. Cuschieri, "A Soft Pneumatic Inchworm Double balloon (SPID) for colonoscopy", Scientific Reports 9 (1), 2019
S. Wen, Y. Zhao, H. Yu, L. Manfredi, X. Li, S. Wang "Fuzzy Neural Network algorithm based on the delay compensation force/position control structure of a redundant actuation parallel robot", IEEE WRC SARA, Beijin China, 2019, 20-25 August, 2019
L. Manfredi, A. Cuschieri, “A Wireless Compact Control Unit (WiCCU) for Untethered Pneumatic Soft Robots”, RoboSoft 2019, Seoul, Korea, 14-18 April, 2019
Y. Yan, Y. Liu, L. Manfredi, S. Prasad, “Modelling of a Vibro-Impact Self-Propelled Capsule in the Small Intestine”, Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol 1, 2019
L. Manfredi, F. Putzu, S. Guler, Y. Huan, A. Cuschieri “4 DoFs Hollow Soft Pneumatic Actuator – HOSE”, Material Research Express, 6(4), 2019
L. Manfredi, Cuschieri, "Design of a 2 DOFs Mini Hollow Joint Actuated with SMA Wires",Materials, 11 (10), 2018
L. Manfredi, L. Yue, J. Zhang, A. Cuschieri, "A 4 DOFs variable stiffness soft module", Proc. of the IEEE RoboSoft 2018, Livorno, 24-28 April, 2018
L. Manfredi, L. Yue, A. Cuschieri, "A 3 DOFs Mini Variable Stiffness Soft Pneumatic Actuator", Proc. of the IEEE Actuator 2018, Bremen, 25-27 June, 2018
L Manfredi, Y. Huan, A. Cuschieri, “Low power consumption mini rotary actuator with SMA wires”, Smart Materials and Structures, 2017, Smart Materials and Structures, Sep, 2017
L. Manfredi, F. L. Velsink, H. Khan, A. Cuschieri. " A variable impedance actuator using shape memory alloy", Proc. of the ACTUATOR 2016, Bremen, 13-15 June, 2016.
H. Khan, L. Manfredi, Y. Huan, F. L. Velsink, A. Cuschieri. " Analysis of performance and energy efficiency of thin shape memory alloy wire-based actuators, Proc. of the ACTUATOR 2016, Bremen, 13-15 June, 2016
L. Manfredi, H. Khan, A. Cuschieri, CARPE, Compliant Actuation Robotic Platform for flexible Endoscopy, SAGES, Boston, USA, March 16-19, 2016
L. Manfredi, A. Cuschieri, “A compliant active robotic platform for colonoscopy”, April 15-18, Nashville, USA, 2015
L. Manfredi, T. Assaf, S. Mintchev, S. Marrazza, L. Capantini, S. Orofino, L. Ascari, S. Grillner, P. Wallén, Ö. Ekeberg, C. Stefanini, P. Dario "A bioinspired autonomous swimming robot as a tool for studying goal-directed locomotion. Biological Cybernetics" 107(5): 513-527, 2013
L. Manfredi, A. Cuschieri, “Embedded, miniaturized and distributed control for a colonoscopy robotic platform”, Baltimore, USA, April 17-20, 2013
L. Manfredi, A. Cuschieri, “Augmented reality in minimal access surgery: comparative study of two second generation see-through head mounted displays for augmented reality”, Baltimore, 17-20 April, 2013
L. Manfredi, C. Tapia, A. Cuschieri "Relevance of sensory system selection and integration on actuators performance and mechatronic design", ACTUATOR 2012, Bremen, June 18-20, 2012, German
C. Stefanini, S. Orofino, L. Manfredi, S. Mintchev, S. Marrazza, T. Assaf, L. Capantini, E. Sinibaldi, S. Grillner, P. Dario, “A compliant bioinspired swimming robot with neuro-inspired control and autonomous behavior”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA, May 14-18, 2012, River Centre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
S. Mintchev, C. Stefanini, A. Girin, S. Marrazza, S. Orofino, V. Lebastard, L. Manfredi, P. Dario, F. Boyer “An Underwater Reconfigurable Robot with Bioinspired Electric Sense”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA, May 14-18, 2012, River Centre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
S. Russo, K. Harada, T. Ranzani, L. Manfredi, C. Stefanini, A. Menciassi, P. Dario, “Design of a Robotic Module for Autonomous Exploration and Multimode Locomotion”, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 08/2012; DOI:10.1109/TMECH.2012.2212449
Z. Wang, I. Aarya, M. Gueorguieva, D. Liu, H. Luo, L. Manfredi, L. Wang, D. McLean, S. Coleman, S. Brown, A. Cuschieri (2012) “Image-based 3D modeling and validation of radiofrequency interstitial tumor ablation using a tissue-mimicking breast phantom” International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery pp. 941-948, Vol. 7, 2012
C Stefanini, S Orofino, L. Manfredi, S Mintchev, S Marrazza, T Assaf, L Capantini, E Sinibaldi, S Grillner, P Wallén, P Dario “A novel autonomous, bioinspired swimming robot developed by neuroscientists and bioengineers”, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 05/2012; 7(2):025001. DOI:10.1088/1748-3182/7/2/025001
S. Kernbach, F. Schlachter, R. Humza, J. Liedke, S. Popesku, S. Russo, T. Ranzani, L. Manfredi, C. Stefanini, R. Matthias, Ch. Schwarzer, B. Girault, P. Alschbach, E. Meister, O. Scholz, "Heterogeneity for Increasing Performance and Reliability of Self-Reconfigurable Multi-Robot Organisms”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS, 2011
T. Schmickl, R. Thenius, J. Timmis, A. Tyrrell, J. Halloy, C. Stefanini, L. Manfredi, A. Campo, D. Sutantyo, S. Kernbach, " CoCoRo: The self-aware swarm of underwater robots" IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS, 2011
T. Schmickl, R. Thenius, J. Timmis, A. Tyrrell, J. Halloy, C. Stefanini, L. Manfredi, A. Campo, D. Sutantyo, S. Kernbach, "CoCoRo: A swarm of self-aware underwater robots", ICAR 2011 - 15th international Conference on Advanced Robotics Tallinn, Estonia, June 2011
T. Schmickl, R. Thenius, C. Mo ̈slinger, J. Timmis, A. Tyrrell, M. Read, J. Hilder, J. Halloy, A. Campo, C. Stefanini, L. Manfredi, S. Orofino, S. Kernbach, T. Dipper, D. Sutantyo, "CoCoRo - The Self-aware Underwater Swarm", SASO, Fifth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; 3-7 October 2011
S. Orofino, S. Marrazza, T. Assaf, L. Manfredi, L. Capantini, S. Mintchev, C. Stefanini, P. Dario and S.Grillner, “Validation of neural mechanisms through a bio-robotic artefact” , International Workshop on bio-inspired robots, Nantes, France, 6-8 April, 2011
S. Mintchev, C. Stefanini, S. Marrazza, S. Orofino, L. Manfredi, and P.Dario, "The first connection system for modular underwater bio-inspired robots", International Conference on Intelligent Robot and Systems, IROS, San Francisco, California, 25-30 September, 2011
C. Stefanini, L. Manfredi, S. Orofino, S. Mintchev, S. Marrazza, T. Assaf, L. Capantini, U.Scarfogliero, E. Sinibaldi, P. Dario, “Development of a compliant snake-like robot”, International Workshop on bio-inspired robots, Nantes, France, 6-8 April, 2011
S. Mintchev, S. Orofino, S. Marrazza, L. Manfredi, C. Stefanini, P.Dario, “Development of a modular underwater bio-inspired robot”, International Workshop on bio-inspired robots, Nantes (France), 6-8 April, 2011
D. Zambrano, E. Falotico, L. Manfredi, C. Laschi, “A model of the smooth pursuit eye movement with prediction and learning”, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2010, pp. 109-118, DOI 10.1080/11762321003760944, Published by Taylor & Francis
C. Laschi, F. Patanè, E.S. Maini, L. Manfredi, G. Teti, L. Zollo, E. Guglielmelli, P. Dario, “An Anthropomorphic Robotic Head for Investigating Gaze Control”, Advanced Robotics, Vol.22, No.1, 2008, pp. 57-89 (33), DOI 10.1163/156855308X291845, Puglished by VSP, an imprint of Brill.
E. S. Maini, L. Manfredi, C. Laschi, P. Dario, “Bioinspired velocity control of fast gaze shifts on a robotic anthropomorphic head”, Autonomous Robots, Vol. 25, No.1-2 August 2008, pp. 37-58, ISSN 0929-5593 (Print) 1573-7527 (Online), Published by Springer Netherlands
N. Greggio, L. Manfredi, C. Laschi, P. Dario, M.C. Carrozza, ”RobotCub implementation of Real-Time Least-Square Fitting of Ellipses”. Humanoids - IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots - Daejeon (Korea) December 1-3, 2008
L. Manfredi, E. S. Maini, C. Laschi “Neurophysiological models Humanoid Robotics of gaze control in Humanoid Robotics”, In: Humanoid Robots, 2008
N. Greggio, L. Manfredi, C. Laschi, P. Dario & M. C. Carrozza, “Real-Time Least-Square Fitting of Ellipses Applied to the RobotCub Platform”, In: Simulation, Modeling and Programming for Autonomous Robots, S. Carpin, I. Noda, E. Pagello, M. Reggiani, O. Von Stryk, pp. 270-282, Vol. 5325/2008, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
C. Stefanini, L. Manfredi, G. La Spina, G. Orlandi, A. Menciassi, C. Laschi, S. Grillner, P. Dario, “A Bio-Robotic Lamprey Platform for Experimental Investigation on Neuroscientific Models”, 2008 Primo Congresso Nazionale di Bioingegneria, Pisa, Italy, 3-5 July 2008.
Eskiismirliler, M.A. Maier, L. Zollo, L. Manfredi, G. Teti, C. Laschi, "Reach and Grasp for an Anthropomorphic Robotic System based on Sensorimotor Learning, Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics”, 2006. BioRob 2006, Pisa, Italy, 20-22 February 2006.
L. Manfredi, E.S. Maini, P. Dario, C. Laschi, B. Girard, N. Tabareau, A.Berthoz, “Implementation of a neurophysiological model of saccadic eye movements on an anthropomorphic robotic head”, Proc. of the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS06), Genova 4-6 Dec. 2006