Alessandro Lucantonio is Assistant Professor of Mechanics of Materials and Structures at The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy). He holds a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Sapienza Università di Roma and a MSc in Space Engineering from the same institution. During the PhD, he was Visiting Student Research Collaborator at Princeton University in the Complex Fluids group. After the PhD, he was first Postdoctoral Researcher and then Assistant Professor at SISSA – International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, in the mathLab group within the Mathematics Area. His main expertise is the theoretical and computational modeling of multi-physics systems, including polymer-based smart materials and biological tissues, with the use of novel approaches at the intersection between mechanics, differential geometry and machine learning.