The field of microrobotics has grown rapidly in recent years with myriad different approaches, mechanisms and clinical applications having been reported. Both tethered and untethered systems have been developed with control and actuation mechanisms ranging from movement of fibres (with tethered microrobots attached to the fibre tips) through to the use of heat, magnetic fields, chemical gradients and light illumination to illicit motion/actuation in untethered devices.

Importantly, deploying micro/nanorobots in vivo provides numerous opportunities to improve clinical outcomes in the areas of surgery, diagnostics, treatment/therapy and beyond (e.g. through improved systems for targeted drug delivery, deployment of minimally invasive diagnostic tools in previously inaccessible regions, etc.). However, clinical deployment of micro/nanorobots also brings considerable challenges, for example in terms of fabrication requirements, visualization, navigation and ethical considerations.

This workshop will bring together researchers in the broad field of micro/nanorobotics to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art and future trends towards clinical applications. A variety of micro/nanorobotic techniques and clinical applications will be covered in order to give the audience a comprehensive overview of the field. The workshop will include several invited talks, and we will also welcome submissions from Symposium attendees for both oral and poster presentations.

Call for Abstracts

We invite abstract submissions for contributions to the workshop on the wider field of micro/nanorobots for medical applications. Abstracts will be considered for oral or poster presentations on the basis of their technical content. All poster presenters will be automatically entered into a poster competition, for which prizes will be announced during the workshop.

Submission guidelines

Your abstract should be no more than 200 words and should be submitted via email to Daniel Bautista-Salinas by Monday 16th May 2022.

Successful submissions will be accepted for an oral or poster presentation

  • Oral Presentations: up to 12 minutes followed by 3 minutes Q&A
  • We recommend presentation slides be set to 16:9 format
  • Poster dimensions: A0 portrait
  • Poster printing: there are no printing facilities at the venue so please print your poster before you arrive
  • A subset of poster presenters will also be asked to give 2 minute oral teaser presentations

Key dates

  • Deadline for abstract submissions: Monday 16th May 2022
  • Confirmation of acceptance/rejection: Friday 20th May 2022
  • Workshop date: Wednesday 29th June 2022, 09:00 – 17:00

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Micro/Nanorobot designs and applications
  • Fabrication techniques used in the field of micro/nanorobotic systems
  • Control strategies and actuation approaches of micro/nanorobotic systems
  • Bio-hybridization of micro/nanorobots
  • Emerging tethered and untethered micro/nanorobotic systems

 

Programme

 

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:35 – 09:45 Dr Alex Thompson: Welcome & Introduction
09:45 – 10:15 Dr Simone Schürle (ETH Zürich, Switzerland): Engineering micro- and nanorobots for medicine
10:15 – 10:45 Dr Amirreza Aghakhani (Newcastle University, UK): Trends in medical microrobotics: future outlook and challenges
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:45 Dr Shuhei Miyashita (University of Sheffield, UK): Origami robot approach to foreign body removal
11:45 – 12:15 Dr Ali Hoshiar (University of Essex, UK): Medical magnetic microrobots from individual to swarm control
12.15 – 12.45 Dr Antoine Barbot (FEMTO-ST, France): Surface tension forces toward compact microrobotic devices
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:30 Dr Larisa Florea (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): Responsive Micro-actuators and sensors fabricated by direct laser writing
14:30 – 15:00 Dr Nazila Kamaly (Imperial College London): Nanodrones for mending the body
15:00 – 15:30 Dr Nuria Oliva-Jorge (Imperial College London, UK): Nanotech approaches to cell-selective delivery
15:20 – 15:40 Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:15 All speakers: Panel discussion
16:20 – 16:25 Dr Alex Thompson: Closing Remarks

 

Learning Outcomes

Attendees of this workshop can expect the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the broad range of techniques used in the field of micro/nanorobotics (e.g. for fabrication, control, actuation, manipulation, etc.).
  • Understanding of the opportunities and challenges in translating micro/nanorobotic devices to the clinic.
  • Appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of tethered and untethered micro/nanorobotic systems.
  • Insight into the latest advancements in bio-hybridization of micro/nanorobots.

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This workshop is worth 6 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.

Speakers

Dr. Ali Hoshiar

Abstract: The rapid advancement in microrobotic systems in recent years for the medical applications, as…

  • Talk: Medical magnetic microrobots from individual to swarm control
  • Role: Speaker

Dr. Larisa Florea

Dr. Larisa Florea is Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and the AMBER Research Centre…

  • Talk: Responsive Micro-actuators and Sensors Fabricated by Direct Laser Writing
  • Role: Speaker

Dr. Antoine Barbot

Antoine Barbot received a Ph.D in 2016 for his work on mobile magnetic microrobot inside…

  • Talk: Surface tension forces toward compact microrobotic devices
  • Role: Speaker