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PROBOSCIdean Sensitive soft robot for versatile gripping

FET Open Challenging Current Thinking
Research and Innovation Action
Grant agreement n. 863212

The proboscis is a highly versatile organ by which elephants sense the world and interact with it, performing both strong and delicate tasks supported by more than a hundred thousand muscles, and no bones.
Starting from investigations of the African bush elephant, PROBOSCIS envisions a totally new generation of universal robotic manipulators, having no distinction between soft arm and a gripper, displaying high versatility because of morphological intelligence, soft body adaptability and distributed tactile sensing.


Lucia Beccai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Barbara Mazzolai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Shlomo Magdassi

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI)

Michel Milinkovitch

University of Geneva (UNIGE)

Egidio Falotico


Sara Karmel


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 863212.

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