Francesco Cepolina

PERSONAL DATA

Born: 8/Oct/1974
Marry Status: Married
Sex: Male
Nationality: Italian
Health: Excellent
Corresponding Address:
via Garibaldi 13/1
16031 Sori (Genoa), Italy
Telephone: 331-1379527
E-mail: fcepolina@hotmail.com
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Pro/Engineer designer


CV mechanical engineer

PROFILE

The successful achievement of four scientific degrees has allowed Francesco to consolidate a good technical base. Working and researching in 6 countries (California, Paris, Madrid, Leeds, Ague, Genoa), allowed Francesco to cope with different technical/management/financial problems. Thanks to these experiences he has developed a personal approach to the problem solving. Communicate and work with people of different countries is an important cultural experience. Francesco has spent the last five years in an international company. He can manage complex assignments in full autonomy. He owns several patents. He is highly interested in the management and optimisation of production processes. Francesco is used to establish clear communication and relationships with partners, giving clear assignments and pointing out each one capability: the team activity is the key to reach the final goal.

EDUCATION

1,2002 ~ 11,2005  School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy
PhD thesis in Mechanics and Machines Design
This PhD is in co-tutorship with the University of Paris 6
Main courses: Advanced Course in Telerobotics, Automatic Learning, Microsystem Mechanical Design, Water Management, Intuitive Surgical Training
Final project title: Development of micro tools for surgical applications (surgical robot presentation).
Snakes prototypes

1,2003 ~ 7,2003  Mechanical Engineering, Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6
PhD thesis Mechanical, Acoustics and Electronic Sciences
This PhD is in co-tutorship with the University of Genoa
Main courses: Dynamics of Systems and Mechanical Modelling, Informatics and Robotics, Project Leading, Surgical Robotics Summer European Seminar
Final project title: Development of micro tools for surgical applications (surgical robot presentation).

9,1993 ~ 4,1999  School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy
5 years Degree on Mechanical Engineering and Design of Machines
Main courses: Analysis, Chemistry, Physics, Industrial Design, Geometry, Mechanics, Material Science, Mechanics of Machines, Mechanical Technology, Electronics, Mechanical Plants, Measures and Industrial Instruments, Modelling and Simulation of Mechanical Systems, etc.
Final project title: Cleaning robot: analysis and project (cleaning presentation).
Score: 105/110
Patent: “Motion system for robots with arms and depression cups” The patent describes the actuation of the climbing robot of the 5 years degree final project. Actuation is provided by the movement of two suction cups. Reference: ITGE990059
Patent: “Adaptive clamp for the collection of flexible elements in multi or single layer” Clamp to be used as robot end effector for fabric manipulation. The clamp can grasp fabrics having different thickness and softness. Reference: ITGE20000109
Gecko: walls cleaner Collie: ground cleaner Film: Gecko and Collie cooperation The suction cups control of Gecko Film: Gecko movement The water tank of Gecko Film: Gecko cleaning simulation

9,1996 ~ 6,1997  Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
Ordinary degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Main courses: Control Option 3TS, Vibration 2, Finite Element Analysis, Robotics, Turbomachinery and Compressible Flow, CAE Systems for Design and Manufacture, Professional Studies, Engineering Project, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, etc.
Final project title: Design and simulation of an all terrain mobile robot.
Score: 78
Climbing leg 1/3 Climbing leg 2/3 Climbing leg 3/3

9,1988 ~ 6,1993  College C. Colombo, Genoa
Final Diploma in Classical studies
Courses including: Italian, Latin, Old Greek, Mathematics, Chemistry, etc.
Score: 51/60

HAWARDS AND HONORS

11,2007  SIRI Award “Arturo Baroncelli” for the PhD Thesis
9,2005  The Industrial Robot Highly Commended Award, AirEOD Airplanes Robot
3,2005  Award of a grant from Intuitive Surgical to research on surgical robotics
6,2004  Award of Carige scholarship to research 10 months in California at Intuitive Surgical
6,2004  PTC Awards 2004, Certificate of Design Excellence, GigiAndretti
3,2004  Invited to be chairman of sessions “Robotics medical applications” in ISR’04, Paris
8,2003  Scholarship for “Summer school on Surgical Robotics” Montpellier
7,2002  Award of a scholarship from Italian French University for the PhD “en-cotutelle”
2, 2002  Award of a MIUR scholarship for the 3 years Italian PhD research
4,2001  Award of a scholarship “Leonardo da Vinci” from U.E. to work 4 months in Madrid
4,2000  The Italian degree thesis wins the I° national award UCIMU-manufacturing systems
9,1996  Award of a scholarship “Erasmus” to study in Leeds, UK

WORK
EXPERIENCE

6, 2007 ~ 9, 2011 Mechanical Designer at R&D of Bocchiotti S.p.A., Genoa, Italy
Creating a full family of innovative electric plugs, interlocked plugs and electric switches. Design, prototyping and production of a new printing machine able to print on plastic; the printer is now in the market. The work also includes the planning of the activities and the coordination of different industrial partners. The most innovative developed devices are protected by national and international patents.
Patent: “Body for electrical socket or plug”, Plastic flexible element used to lock sockets. The plug can be open only using a screwdriver. Reference: EP2104186
Patent: “Interlocked electrical outlet (A)” Electrical outlet where each of the three single fuse housings is individually locked by a locking mechanism. Reference: EP2117086
Patent: “Interlocked electrical outlet (B)” Electric outlet where its components are joined to the main frame by means of a screwless connection. Reference: EP2117085
Patent: “Cable gasket device and a main body with the same for electrical outlet or plug spacer” Flexible gasket, made by rubber and plastic, able to avoid the entrance of water from the back of a plug. Reference: ITMI20080557
Patent: “Electrical appliance for civil series, has hooking part with small plate supported on support line transversal to insertion direction of electrical apparatuses and on longitudinal support line extended in insertion direction” Hooking system used to secure electric switches to their housing. Reference: FR2923094
Patent: “Sistema e metodo per la targatura di componenti”, A new family of fast printers used to print on plastic material for wire marking. Reference: under filing

1, 2006 ~ 5,2007 Mechanical Designer at R&D of D’Appolonia S.p.A., Genoa, Italy
Working in the R&D/Technology Transfer department. Leading the design of innovative products for different industrial sectors. Developing teleoperated climbing robot, marble splitter with shape memory alloy, recognition of fabrics defects by cameras, bridges expansion joint, safety device for motorbike, underwater cuts with diamonds, robots able to sew fabrics and to create dresses.

3, 2005 ~ 11,2005 PhD researcher at R&D of Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, California
PhD training/work at Intuitive Surgical. Setting up and testing the performance of surgical robots in surgical theatre. Intuitive Surgical is World leader in the design and manufacturing of surgical robots.

3, 2002 ~ 7,2002 Pro-Engineer teacher at “Centro Italiano Femminile”, Genoa, Italy
Teaching the 3D solid modeller Pro-Engineer from Parametric Technology Corporation. Number of hours: 69

9, 2001 ~ 12,2001 Mechanical Designer at R&D of Tecnospamec, Genoa, Italy
Consultancy in the company TS Tecnospamec. The work concerns conceptual design of new diamond cutting machines and patent search.
Patent: “Gripping device with flexible elements”, Clamp able to grasp objects of different shape using a lasso; the lasso is made by a flexible element. This invention is suitable for securing underwater robots to oil wells. Reference: WO2005002797

5, 2001 ~ 8,2001 Researcher at “Istituto de Automatica Industrial” CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Making the mechanical design (3D models by Pro-Engineer) and studying the overall control strategy of an underwater robot able to clean the keel of boats. Making the mechanical design of a robot able to clean the windows of skyscrapers.
Industry project: 4 Industry project: 5

5, 2000 ~ 3,2001 Green cross civile service at “Croce Verde Pegliese”, Pegli, Italy
Working 10 months in ambulances as civil service in the Redcross of Pegli.

3, 2000 ~ 2,2001 Mechanical Designer at R&D of D’Appolonia S.p.A., Genoa, Italy
Consultancy in the company D’Appolonia S.p.A. Working on “Technology transfer” and mechanical, conceptual, functional and structural design by 3D modeler. Projects were concerning mining, motoring, textile and medicine.
Industry project: 1 Industry project: 2 Industry project: 3

1, 2000 ~ 10,2000 Pro-Engineer teacher at “Centro Italiano Femminile” , Genoa, Italy
Teaching the 3D solid modeler Pro-Engineer from Parametric Technology Corporation. Number of hours: 68

9, 1999 ~ 12,1999 European Patent Office stage, The Hague, Holland
Attending some lectures about patents. The tasks were: to classify some patents in new categories and to verify the originality of new patents. Fields of work: robot and actuators, soldering machines, bottling.

PUBLICATIONS

Books and books chapters
[01]. F. Cepolina, Ordinary degree of Bachelor of Engineering project: “Design and simulation of an all terrain mobile robot”, University of Leeds, pp. 90, June 1997
[02]. F. Cepolina, Degree project School of Mechanical Engineering: “Cleaning robot: analysis and project”, University of Genoa, pp. 369, April 1999
[03]. F. Cepolina, Phd thesis Mechanical, Acoustics and Electronic Sciences: “Development of micro tools for surgical applications”, Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6, PhD is in co-tutorship with the University of Genoa, pp. 326, November 2005
[04]. F. Cepolina, Book: “Surgical Robotics”, Lambert Academic Publishing, pp. 324, March 2012, ISBN 978-3-8484-3027-7, 2012
[05]. R. Molfino, R. Razzoli, F. Cepolina, Chapter 10: “La movimentazione delle parti”, Manuale delle macchine utensili, seconda edizione, Tecniche Nuove, 2012
[06]. S. Frumento, R. P. Razzoli, F. Cepolina, Chapter:“Advances in Robot Surgery”, Handbook of Research on ICTs for Healthcare and Social Services: Developments and Applications, Editors: M.M. Cruz-Cunha, I.M. Miranda, IGI Global, January 2013

International Journals
[07]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, R.P. Razzoli “Char-Robot: design of a co-operative equipment for kitchen cleaning and sanitising tasks”, Systems Science Journal, special issue on Virtual reality and mobile/service robots, May 2001
[08]. R.C. Michelini, F. Cepolina “Gecko, the walls cleaner”, Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 29 Number 6 2002, pp. 538 - 543
[09]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.C. “A family of co-robotic surgical set-ups”, Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 30 No. 6 2003, pp. 564-574, November 2003, ISSN 0143-991X.
[10]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini “Review of robotic fixtures for low-invasiveness surgery”, The International Journal of Medical Robotics & Computer Assisted Surgery, Volume 1 No. 1 2004, March 2004 - pp. 43-63
[11]. S. Costo , F. Cepolina , M. Zoppi and R. Molfino “AirEOD: a Robot for On-board Airplanes Security” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR 2005), Springer, Editors M.O. Tokhi, G.S. Virk and M.A. Hossain, pp. 995-1002
[12]. R. Molfino, M. Armada, F. Cepolina and M. Zoppi “Roboclimber - the 3 tons spider”, Industrial Robot Journal, Volume: 32 Issue: 2, ISSN 0143-991X, Apr 2005 - pp. 163-170
[13]. F. Cepolina, B. Challacombe, R.C. Michelini “Trends in Robotic Surgery”, Journal of endourology, 19(8), pp 940-51, Oct 2005
[14]. F. Cepolina, M. Moronti, M. Sanguineti, M. Zoppi, R.M. Molfino “Roboclimber versus landslides: design and realization of a heavy-duty robot for teleoperated consolidation of rocky walls”, IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine, ISSN: 1070-9932, pp. 23-31, Volume: 13, Issue: 1, March 2006
[15]. R. Molfino, S. Costo, F. Cepolina, M. Zoppi “The robot AirEOD”, Industrial Robot, IR 33-3 2006, ISSN: 0143-991X, Volume 33 Number 3, 2006, pp. 235 –
[16]. F. Cepolina, R. Razzoli “My surgeon has robotic hands”, Journal of Robotics, Medical Robotics and Systems, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, under evaluation

National Journals
[17]. F. Cepolina "Robot di pulizia: analisi e progetto" in Proc. of Tecnologie meccaniche Sistemi per Produrre, edited by Direzione Tecnica Ucimu-Sistemi per Produrre, published by Miller Freeman divisione Stammer, Milan, March 2000 - pp. 90-91

International Conferences
[18]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, R.P. Razzoli “Domestic-Chores Automation: Multi-Media Analysis and Assessment Study” in Proc. of the XI ADM Intl. Conf. on Design Tools and Methods in Industrial Engineering, Palermo 8-12 December 1999, Volume C - pp. 139-146.
[19]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino and R.P. Razzoli: “Gecko-Collie - Homecleaning automation of floors, walls, and cupboards” in Proc. of the 3rd Intl. Conf. on Climbing and Walking Robots: CLAWAR 2000, edited by M. Armada and P. Gonzales de Santos, published by Cromwell Press Limited, Madrid, 2-4 October 2000 - pp. 803-811, ISBN 1 86058 268 0.
[20]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, R.P. Razzoli “Char-Robot: design of a co-operative equipment for kitchen cleaning and sanitising tasks” European Workshop Ifidicon/Service robot ‘2001, Santorini, Greece, 1 May 2001
[21]. Anthoine Dietrich Paolo, Cepolina Francesco, Spadoni Fiorenzo "ROBOCLIMBER Technical solutions", CSIC, Madrid, July 19, 2002
[22]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, R.P. Razzoli “Gecko, a climbing robot for walls cleaning” ASER03, 1st International Workshop on Advances in Service Robotics, 13-15 March 2003, Bardolino, Italy, ISBN 3-8167-6268-9
[23]. P. Anthoine, M. Armada, S. Carosio, P. Comacchio, F. Cepolina , P. González , T. Klopf , F. Martin, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, S. Nabulsa, R.P. Razzoli, E. Rizzi, L. Steinicke, R. Zannini, M. Zoppi “Roboclimber” ASER03, 1st International Workshop on Advances in Service Robotics, Bardolino, Italy, 13-15 March 2003, ISBN 3-8167-6268-9
[24]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini “Robots in medicine: a survey of in-body nursing aids. Introductory overview and concept design hints”, in Proc. of ISR 2004, 35 International Symposium on Robotics, 23-26 March 2004, Paris, France
[25]. D. Sallé, P. Bidaud, F. Cepolina “Task based optimization method for the design of modular minimally invasive surgery instruments”, Romansy 2004, 15th CISM-IFToMM Symposium on Robot Design, Dynamics and Control, Montreal, Canada, 14-18 June 2004
[26]. F. Cepolina, M. Zoppi, G.T. Zurlo, R.M. Molfino “A robotic cleaning agency”, Int. Conf. IAS-8 Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Amsterdam, 10-12 March 2004
[27]. P. Anthoine, M. Armada, S. Carosio, P. Comacchio, F. Cepolina, T. Klopf, F. Martin, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, S. Nabulsa, R.P. Razzoli, E. Rizzi, L. Steinicke, R. Zannini and M. Zoppi "ROBOCLIMBER: a Four-Legged Climbing Robot for Rocky Slope Consolidation and Monitoring", World Automation Congress (WAC), Seville, Spain, 28 June-1 July 2004
[28]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini “Self adaptable clamping tools for multi-grasping”, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping IMG 04, Genova, Italy, 1-2 July 2004, ISBN 88 900 426-1-3
[29]. D. Sallé, F. Cepolina, P. Bidaud “Surgery grippers for Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery”, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping IMG 04, Genova, Italy, 1-2 July 2004, ISBN 88 900 426-1-3.
[30]. F. Morra, R. Molfino, F. Cepolina “Miniature gripping device”, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping IMG 04, Genova, Italy, 1-2 July 2004, ISBN 88 900 426-1-3.
[31]. E. Ullmann, F. Cepolina, M. Zoppi “Upper limb prosthesis for developing countries”, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping IMG 04, Genova, Italy, 1-2 July 2004, ISBN 88 900 426-1-3.
[32]. U. Battista, F. Cepolina, S. Costo, M. Zoppi “Videogame for safe flights”, CLAWAR/EURON Workshop on Robots in Entertainment, Leisure and Hobby- ELH '04, Wien 2-4 December 2004
[33]. F. Cepolina, M. Zoppi "Snail Surgeon: A New Robotic System for Minimally Invasive Surgery", RoMoco'05, Fifth International Workshop on Robot Motion and Control, June 23-25, 2005, Dymaczewo, Poland
[34]. F. Cepolina, A. Khan, R. Molfino, Università di Genova, Italy “Mini-rover for Mars exploration”, Workshop on Space Applications TUAS House, Otaniementie 17, Espoo, Helsinki, 19th June 2005
[35]. S. D'Angella, A. Khan, F. Cepolina, M. Zoppi “Modeling and control of a parallel robot for needle surgery”, Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2011 IEEE International Conference, Shanghai, China, ISSN: 1050-4729, 9-13 May 2011

National Conferences
[36]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini, R.M. Molfino, R.P. Razzoli “Il Char-robot per le pulizie domestiche: animazione e verifiche operative”. Workshop I09X, Centro S. Elisabetta, Università di Parma,Parma 6,7,8 September 2000.
[37]. P. Anthoine, L.E. Bruzzone, F. Cepolina, R. Molfino “Metodologia di progettazione meccatronica per robotica di servizio”, 1a National conference “Sistemi Autonomi Intelligenti e Robotica Avanzata”, Frascati, Italy, 29-31 October 2002.
[38]. F. Cepolina, R.C. Michelini “Progetto di Dispositivi di Robotica Chirurgica”. Convegno Nazionale XIV ADM – XXXIII AIAS, Innovazione nella Progettazione Industriale, Politecnico di Bari, 31 August-2 September 2004

PATENTS

[1]. ITGE20000109, 30/11/2000, “Adaptive clamp for the collection of flexible elements in multi or single layer”
[2]. ITGE990059, 01/12/2000, “Motion system for robots with arms and depression cups”
[3]. WO2005002797, 13/01/2005, “Gripping device with flexible elements”
[4]. ITMI20080557, 01/04/2008, “Cable gasket device and a main body with the same for electrical outlet or plug spacer”
[5]. EP2104186, 21/03/2008, “Body for electrical socket or plug
[6]. EP2117086, 08/05/2008, “Interlocked electrical outlet (A)
[7]. EP2117085, 08/05/2008, “Interlocked electrical outlet (B)
[8]. FR2923094, 01/05/2009, “Electrical appliance for civil series, has hooking part with small plate supported on support line transversal to insertion direction of electrical apparatuses and on longitudinal support line extended in insertion direction
[9]. Italian patent, year 2010, “Sistema e metodo per la targatura di componenti”, under filing

SKILLS

(1) Language skills
Italian (mother language), English (very good knowledge), French (good), Spanish (good)
(2) Technical Skills
Language:  Pascal, Basic, HTML, XHTML, ASP, CSS, JAVA, SQL
Systems:  MS-DOS, MAC-OS, UNIX, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Server IIS 6.0
Solid modellers: Euclid, ProEngineer, SolidWorks, Google Sketchup, Autocad
Multibody analysers: DADS, ProMechanica, Ansys
Computational analyses: FEM and Thermal
Simulation languages: Modsim III, Simulink, ODE 3D dynamics library, 3D Studio (basic), Sweet home

EXTRA CV ACTIVITIES

Several periods of travel spent abroad in Holland, France, Japan and California. Theatre, skiing, swimming, canoe, sailing, photography.

REFEREE

Dr. Manuel, Armada
Director of Institute of Industrial Automation
Spanish National Research Council – CSIC
Ctra. Campo Real Km 0,2 28500 Arganda del Rey, Madrid, Spain


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