Identification number: 101070310

Type: Horizon Europe

Project duration: 01.10.2022. – 30.09.2025.

Project manager: Prof. Giorgio Cannata, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering at University of Genova in Italy.


  • University of Genova (UNIGE), Italy
  • University of Zaragoza (UZ), Spain
  • French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL), France
  • University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia
  • Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE), Sweden
  • Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL), Latvia
  • FIAT Research Center (CRF), Italy
  • Inertia Technology (IT), Netherlands
  • Centre for Research and Technology HELLAS (CERTH), Greece
  • University of Oxford (UOXF), United Kingdom
  • Ocado Group (OCADO), United Kingdom
  • University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy
  • University of Bolzano (UNIBZ), Italy
  • Idiap Research Institute (IDIAP), Switzerland

Responsible person from ISSP UL: Ilze Aulika

Total funding:

4 157 054.50 Eur, 100% financed by European Commission

Project aim:

The aim of Sestosenso is a new embedded proximity and tactile sensing technology development for a robot body, providing unified proxy-tactile perception of an environment required to control the robot's actions and interactions safely and autonomously. The advancement of this sensing technology for collaborative robotics applications starts from the hardware and evolves up to the cognitive perception and control levels through specific electronics and software development.

Project summary:

Sestosenso develops technologies for the next generations of collaborative robots capable of self-adapting to different time-varying operational conditions and capable of safe and smooth adaptation from autonomous to interactive when human intervention is required either for collaboration or training/teaching. The project proposes a new sensing technology from the hardware and up to the cognitive perception and control levels, based on proximity and tactile sensors embedded in the robot body, providing unified proxy-tactile perception of an environment required to control the robot's actions and interactions safely and autonomously. Sestosenso is motivated by the industrial need to integrate workers with robots and the need for robots that could operate safely without out-of-the-robot infrastructure, thus reducing robot setup times and costs and increasing the flexibility of the shopfloor configuration. The Sestosenso technology is demonstrated by three Use Cases of industrial interest: cooperative assembly (automotive), handling and packaging (logistics), and cooperative harvesting (agriculture).

Expected scientific results:

  • Hybrid sensor integration using printed electronic on conformable substrates
  • Manufacturing of tactile sensors onto conformable substrates
  • Optical tactile sensing
  • Proximity technology for robot sensing
  • Proxy-tactile data driven processing for control and human robot interaction
  • Proxy-tactile human robot interaction and whole-body handling of objects

Tasks at ISSP, UL:

ISSP UL contributes to materials evaluation and multimodal transduction solutions selection, manufacturing processes evaluation and selection, sensor layout and electronic design and assessment of integrated sensor physical performance.


Furthermore, ISSP UL leads four tasks in Sestosenso project:

  • Reference framework monitoring
  • Modelling and evaluation of innovative optical tactile transducers
  • Technical and Scientific Management
  • Operational and Quality Procedures

ISSP UL is responsible for 2 deliverables and 1 milestone related to optical tactile sensor development.

Project progress information

Sestosenso kick-off meeting | October 19, 2022.

Sestosenso kick-off meeting took place in Genoa, Italy on October 6 and 7, 2022 with participation of 14 project partners. The meeting was organized by the project coordinator – University of Genoa. During the meeting, each partner presented their activities and role in the project. The planning of the main tasks for the first 6 months was carried out.