Laura Margheri is Project Manager in Robotics with The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant`Anna (Pisa, Italy) and with TechnoDeal S.r.l., a spin-off company of the Scuola Superiore Sant`Anna.
She received her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with Honours) from the University of Pisa in July 2008 and her PhD in BioRobotics (with Honours) at The BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna) in April 2012. She has a scientific and technological background mainly in the ﬁelds of biorobotics and biomimetics, soft robotics, marine robotics, and biology. She has received an interdisciplinary education in robotics science and engineering, and she has worked and collaborated with biologists and roboticists, as well as with managers and politicians, acting also as a bridge between different disciplines and languages cultures.
As project manager, she has experience in the management of research projects, the organization, planning and control of R&D activities, the coordination of international and multidisciplinary partnerships, industrial stakeholders engagement, technology transfer management, and the dissemination and exploitation of project results.
She is author and co-author of several journal and conference papers and she has leaded the organization of many international events in robotics, such as project and industry/academia meetings, workshops and special sessions at international conferences, exhibitions, Summer Schools, the Soft Robotics Week, and robotics challenges.
She is an active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), in which she was appointed as AdCom (Administrative Committee) Student Member in December 2011 and Chair of the Students Activities Committee for the 2012-2013 term. In 2014 she has been nominated Chair of the IEEE RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Committee and she currently coordinates the activities and initiatives of the RAS WIE Committee to support women and girls in robotics and automation, promote their visibility and leadership. In the IEEE WIE Committee she also serves as member of the WIE Magazine Editorial Board.