Every year, millions of visitors flock to Italy to immerse themselves in its epic history, art, architecture, culture and traditions, and it’s quite likely that the average tourist goes home from Italy with the impression that they’ve just visited a huge open air museum, never considering that it is, in fact, a modern, innovative country. But all that science and creativity happened in the past … didn’t it?
How many tourists, I wonder, are aware that Italy is at the cutting edge of research into robotics? How many visitors to the world famous Torre di Pisa know that Pisa is an internationally recognized centre of excellence in the field, and has one of the highest concentrations of robotics experts in the world?
In fact, Pisa has been in the vanguard of robotics research and application since the early 80’s, and this year, from September 7th to 13th it will host the Festival Internazionale della Robotica.