University of Bologna

Alma Mater Studiorum


ARK 2018, the 16th Int. Symposium on Advances in Robot Kinematics is organized by the Group of Robotics, Automation and Biomechanics (GRAB), at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Bologna, Italy.

The University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history, intertwined with the lives of great figures in science and literature, is a vital thread in the fabric of European culture. The University's crest carries the motto Alma mater studiorum (Latin for Nourishing mother of the studies), and over the centuries the institution has been a nurturer and protector of knowledge, scholarship, and scientific discovery.

The University of Bologna was home to illustrious students including DantePetrarcaPico della MirandolaLeon Battista AlbertiThomas BecketPope Nicholas VErasmus of Rotterdam, and Copernicus. In 1732, Laura Bassi became the first woman to officially teach at a college in Europe. ParacelsoRaimundo de PeñafortAlbrecht DürerSt. Carlo BorromeoTorquato Tasso, and Carlo Goldoni all spent time at the University. In modern times, Bologna's reputation for scientific and technological development is linked to the works of Luigi Galvani, the discoverer of biological electricity, and Guglielmo Marconi, the pioneer of radio technology.

The University of Bologna fosters science and innovation through a wide range of study programmes and many cutting-edge research projects. With 5 campuses, a teaching and service staff of almost 6,000 people, and about 85,000 students from all over the world, the university has an international outlook and a strong presence in the region. It also includes a school of excellence named Collegio Superiore di Bologna.

Its particularly rich programme catalogue offers complete study paths of great cultural, scientific, and professional interest, providing many students with access to good employment. Bologna consistently places high in national and international university rankings. It is the top Italian university according to the national Censis Ranking and second in Italy according to the international QS World Ranking.