BRIEF aims to enrich an existing Distributed Infrastructure which has been already identified as a high priority infrastructure by the
PNIR. Based on these optimal premises, the current project will strengthen the original infrastructure with a double approach:
1) enlarging the BRIEF coordinating network. In addition to the Scuola Sant’Anna (SSSA) and the BioRobotics Institute at
SSSA (BRI-SSSA), the current BRIEF proposal involves up to 17 operational units connected to SSSA or to BRI-SSSA as joint
labs. There is also the involvement of south Italian regions, with 2 units at the University Federico II in Naples and 3 at the
Politecnico of Bari;
2) strengthening the infrastructures by offering a full set of opportunities for experiments in the field of biorobotics to external
researchers accessing to BRIEF.
In this framework, BRIEF will set up standardised procedures and interfaces for a wider, simplified and harmonised access to the best
research facilities in Italy and in Europe, across geographical and disciplinary boundaries and within the broad field of biorobotics.
During a 30-month project lifetime, BRIEF will provide a practical and theoretical backbone for the quickly growing community of
researchers aiming at a science- grounded biorobotics. So far, the fragmentation of existing infrastructures makes it difficult in most
cases (with the exception of some excellence centres outside Europe) the implementation of correct experimental methodologies and to
achieve the needed statistical significance of results. This situation hampers scientific progress, result exploitation, and limits the possible
exploitation and translation into concrete case studies (which will be mainly related to health and sustainability).
BRIEF will also establish synergies with Competence Centers and European Digital Innovation Hubs in foster socio-economic impact
with science-grounded innovations in biorobotics.