Our MiNaRoB (Biomedical Micro-/Nanorobotics) team conducts research in two directions. The first is in the use of historical micromechatronic know-how for intracorporeal interventions having only a weak impact on the patient or rendered difficult or even impossible by heavy anatomical constraints. The second is the extension of micromanipulation in liquid media towards micro-/nanomanipulation in liquid media for applications calling for individualized manipulation of high-rate cells.

Goals and Research Areas

The MiNaRoB team’s research is organized into the four following core research areas:

  • Modeling and control of adhesion forces for micromanipulation
  • Manipulation without contact
  • Visual servoing in the biomedical field
  • Intracorporeal micromechatronics


One of the team’s main characteristics is that it seeks to occupy a very original position among themes as yet little known, having a high scientific risk factor: exploitation of surface effects, individualized manipulation of cells, small-dimension multi-finger manipulation, manipulation without contact, exploitation of new modalities of medical imaging in controls, and dexterity in a confined space.

This scientific risk may be translational: the psychological exploration of olfactory neurodegeneration or microrobotically-assisted surgery. This microtechnical application link also leads the team to fully assume certain technological risks: medical integration, electroactive polymer grafting, complex electromagnetic systems.