Inter-universitary Research Center on Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Emergency Scenarios

The RASES Center is established by University of Genova and Ecole Centrale de Nantes with the purpose of performing research and scientific collaborations in the field of robotics and autonomous systems in emergency scenarios.

In particular, subject to the powers of the authorities of the member universities, the Center:

  • coordinates, promotes, and supports scientific research concerning the development and deployment of robots and autonomous systems able to operate in emergency scenarios, with a specific reference to monitoring, pre-operative management, and real-time intervention;
  • promotes the scientific debate and publications, and provides adequate support to the teaching on the subject;
  • makes both competences and equipment (located at the member universities) available to the participants in the Center, also in the context of the collaborations mentioned in the previous paragraph;
  • promotes initiatives to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments and universities, with national and international research organizations, with research units established at public and private institutions;
  • organizes courses, seminars, training courses, conferences and study initiatives in the above mentioned scientific disciplines, in compliance with applicable law;
  • establishes prizes or fellowships for the achievement of the objectives of the Center, in compliance with applicable law, provided that the funds are specifically designated for such purpose by the sponsor(s);
  • promotes technology transfer to business, through the development of joint research and development projects, and through specific contracts.


RASES involves two institutions:  University of Genova and Ecole Centrale de Nantes. Two departments of University of Genova are involved: Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering (DIBRIS) and Department of Mechanical, Energy, Management and Transportation Engineering (DIME).

The University of Genova and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes collaborate since many years in joint educational projects through EMARO+, Erasmus Mundis Joint Master Degree on Advanced Robotics, an integrated Master course with the participation of four European Universities and associated partners: Ecole Centrale de Nantes - France (coordinator), Warsaw University of Technology - Poland, University of Genova - Italia, Jaume I University, Spain. Recently, they have become partners of JEMARO, Japan-Europe Master on Advanced Robotics - an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree starting in 2020.

In the last years, these collaborations are complemented by research joint projects, in which the University of Genova and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes cooperate for designing robots and autonomous systems for real-time intervention in earthquake scenarios. 


University of Genova and Ecole Centrale de Nantes are currently partners in DIONISO, Seismic Domotics Innovative Technologies for Home and System Safety (2016-2021), funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research. The project is a multidisciplinary effort dealing with the problem of providing technological support to medical and civil protection staff during the operational phase which follows an earthquake. The activity of University of Genova in DIONISO is focused on the development of Wearable sensors and other Robotics technologies to support first responders during search and rescue operations. The activity of Ecole Centrale de Nantes is focussed on teams of heterogeneous robots for map building and area monitoring, as well as on snake-like robots for debris inspection.

The Scientific Council of RASES is composed of the following researchers:

  • Antonio Sgorbissa (University of Genova, Director of RASES)
  • Gianni Vercelli (University of Genova)
  • Vincent Fremont (Ecole Centrale de Nantes)
  • Isabelle Fantoni (Ecole Centrale de Nantes)