Workshop on the applications of micro-nanorobotics

The workshop is now over. We thank all the speakers for their great talks, and all attendees for their interest in that workshop. More than 300 people followed that event! Discussions continue on the ICRA conference - please join Slack, channels #microrobotics and #ws2!

This wokshop will take place during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) - . In the light of current exceptional circumstances, ICRA 2020 has been re-envisioned as a virtual conference, for the safety of our community. The workshop will thus be held virtually, the 3rd of June, 2020. The event is expected to start at 12:00 pm Paris time / 6:00 am New York time / 7:00 pm Tokyo time / 10:00 am UTC. This virtual event will include live presentations, and panel discussions.


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Participation to the workshop is free. However, registration is compulsory. To register, please use the following link:

You will then be emailed the information to connect to the workshop

Registration deadline: June, the 3rd, 10am (GMT+2)


Robotic systems dedicated to micro/nano manipulation have attracted increasing attention in the last decades. Unprecedented resolution and dexterity is attained in the manipulation of ever-smaller objects. Micro/nano robotic is now to the point where it faces the challenges of transforming exceptional research prototypes into robust and marketable products. A wide variety of domains are concerned, ranging from automated assembly of micro/nano components to the fabrication of MEMS and MOEMS, the characterization of material or in vivo or in vitro operation for the medicine of the future. This workshop aims to bring together people across the world to present an overview of the application domains of micro/nano robotics, and the challenges that should be addressed to bring current systems to industry. Presentations of both recognized research teams and highly promising start-ups will strengthen the link between research and industry. This workshop is anticipated to propel state-of-the-art scientific results in the direction of marketable products.

Important instructions for all attendees

A live workshop gathering many attendees necessitates that everyone follow strict rules, in order to ensure a time conducive to scientific exchanges. Please read carefully and strictly follow the following rules:

  • Workshop communication will take place over Slack, via our workshop channel #ws2.
  • The workshop talks will be conducted live over Zoom webminar, with announcements and additional discussion on the Slack channel. Attendees are suggested to have both Slack and Zoom running while attending.
  • Please make sure you are able to join Zoom and the ICRA2020 Slack channel #ws2 prior to the workshop.
  • The schedule is posted on the workshop website, and will be adhered to closely. Talks last for 10 minutes only (15 minutes for keynotes), with 5 minutes for questions.
  • During each talk, please post your questions for the speaker in the Zoom “chat” bar. The session chair will then either call on you to ask your question or read out the question directly. Any unanswered questions will be posted to the Slack channel for follow-up answers and discussion.
  • Discussions in Slack will be organized by thread. To respond to a topic in our Slack channel, click “start a thread” or “reply to thread” on the message rather than posting to #ws2 directly.
  • During the Zoom call, participants are reminded to keep their microphones muted unless speaking. If you would like to speak, you can get our attention by posting in the Zoom chat and the session chair will call on you.


12:00 pm          Opening Remarks - starts at 12:00 pm Paris time / 6:00 am New York time / 7:00 pm Tokyo time / 10:00 am UTC


Scientific session 1 - start at 12:05 pm Paris time / 6:05 am New York time / 7:05 pm Tokyo time / 10:05 am UTC - chair: Aude Bolopion 

12:05 am          Invited Talk # 1:Sinan Haliyo (ISIR Institute, Sorbonne Université, France)

Tentative title: Interactive force-feedback optical robots: a novel instrument for experimental biology – Confirmed

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 12:20 pm          Keynote Talk # 1:Pasi Kallio and Ali Zarei (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)

Tentative title: Microrobotics for High Throughput Characterization of Fibre Materials and their Interfaces – Confirmed

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 12:40 pm          Invited Talk # 2:Dominique Collard and Cagatay Tarhan (LIMMS/CNRS-IIS the University of Tokyo, Japan)

Tentative title: Silicon Nanotweezers for biomolecules and cells manipulations and characterisations – Confirmed

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12:55 pm       Invited Talk # 3:Cédric Clévy (FEMTO-ST Institute, Franche Comte University, France)

Tentative title: Robotic assembly for integrated optics at the micro and nano-scales – Confirmed

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Scientific session 2 - starts at 1:10 pm Paris time / 7:10 am New York time / 8:10 pm Tokyo time / 11:10 am UTC - chair: Cédric Clévy


1:10 pm          Keynote Talk # 2:Hui Xie (State Key Laboratory of Robotics and Systems, Harbin Institute of Technology, China)

Tentative title:Magnetic microrobot swarm: multi-mode transformation, locomotion and manipulation – Confirmed

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1:30 pm          Invited Talk # 4:Hakan Ceylan (Department of Physical Intelligence, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany)

Tentative title: 3D-Printed Multifunctional Microswimmers for Theranostic Applications – Confirmed

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1:45 pm          Invited Talk # 5:Ali Hoshiar (University of Essex, England)

Tentative title: Rise of the medical microrobotic systems: sensing, actuation, and control– Confirmed

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2:00 pm          Invited Talk # 6:Fumihito Arai (Biorobotics Lab, Nagoya University, Japan)

Tentative title: Biomedical applications of micro-nanorobotics – Confirmed

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2:15 pm           Virtual coffee break



Scientific session 3 - starts at 2:25 pm Paris time / 8:25 am New York time / 9:25 pm Tokyo time / 12:25 pm UTC - chair: Fumihito Arai


2:25 pm        Keynote Talk # 3: Pierre Lambert (TIPs Department, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Tentative title: Surface Tension based Micromanipulation – Confirmed

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2:45 pm        Invited Talk # 7:Aude Bolopion (FEMTO-ST Institute, CNRS, France)

Tentative title: Microrobotics for selective cell sorting – Confirmed

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3:00 pm          Invited Talk # 8:Eric Diller (Microrobotics laboratory, University of Toronto, Canada)

Tentative title: Soft Microrobots for Medicine – Confirmed

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 3:15 pm          Invited Talk # 9:Massimo Mastrangeli (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

Tentative title: Microengineering organs-on-chip – Confirmed

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Scientific session 4 and panel discussions - starts at 3:30 pm Paris time / 9:30 am New York time / 10:30 pm Tokyo time / 1:30 pm UTC - chair: Eric Diller


3:30 pm          Keynote Talk # 4:Simone Schüerle (Responsive Biomedical Systems Lab, ETHZ and Co-funder of the Magnebotix Compagny, Switzerland)

Tentative title: Individual and swarms of microrobots for tissue probing and enhanced drug transport – Confirmed

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3:50 pm          Invited Talk # 10:Bertrand Duplat (Robeauté,France)

Tentative title: Medical Applications of MicroRobots and Practical Testing Environments – Confirmed

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Panel discussions


What are the main challenges faced to transform exceptional research prototypes into robust and marketable products? Industrial success stories

What are the next markets to investigate?

Is there a need for a dedicated academic degree program?


4:35 pm          Concluding remarks




Fumihito Arai

Professor, Dr. of Engineering

Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering,

Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering,

Nagoya University     

Address: Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, 464-8603, Japan   

Phone: +81-52-789-5025, -5026, -5656       




Aude Bolopion

FEMTO-ST Institute


Address: 24 rue Alain Savary, 25000 Besancon, France

Phone: +33 3 81 40 29 25




Cédric Clévy

FEMTO-ST Institute

Université Bourgogne Franche Comté

Address: 24 rue Alain Savary, 25000 Besancon, France

Phone: +33 3 81 40 27 92




Eric Diller

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

University of Toronto

Address: 5 King’s College St., Toronto, ON M5S 3G8, Canada

Phone: (416) 978-1214