Proposed workshop on the applications of micro-nanorobotics

This wokshop has been proposed to the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) that will be held from 31 May to 4 June 2020 in Palais des Congrès de Paris - France ( 

The notification of acceptance of the workshop will be known on the 20th of December, 2019.


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.


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



Time schedule - tentative

8:30 am          Opening Remarks

8:40 am          Keynote Talk # 1: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


9:10 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


9:30 am          Invited Talk # 2:Dominique Collard and Catagay Tarhan (LIMMS/CNRS-IIS the University of Tokyo, Japan)

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


9:50 am          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


10:10 am        Coffee break and poster set-up


10:30 am        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


11:00 am        Invited Talk # 4:Sarah Bergbreiter (Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Tentative title: Toward Autonomy in Microrobots – Confirmed


11:20 am        Invited Talk # 5:Jean-Christophe Villain (Percipio Robotics,France)

Tentative title: Modular industrial robotics for sustainable and scaling up high precision assembly in ultra miniature product manufacturing – Confirmed


11:40 am        Invited Talk # 6:Aude Bolopion (FEMTO-ST Institute, CNRS, France)

Tentative title: Microrobotics for selective cell sorting – Confirmed


12:00 am        Lunch


1:30 pm          Keynote Talk # 3:Pierre Lambert (TIPs Department, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Tentative title: Surface Tension based Micromanipulation – Confirmed


2:00 pm          Invited Talk # 7:Hakan Ceylan (Department of Physical Intelligence, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany)

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


2:20 pm          Invited Talk # 8:Ali Hoshiar (University of Essex, England)

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


2:40 pm          Invited Talk # 9:Eric Diller (Microrobotics laboratory, University of Toronto, Canada)

Tentative title: Soft Microrobots for Medicine – Confirmed


3:00 pm          Video session


3:20 pm          Coffee break & poster session


3:50 pm          Keynote Talk # 4:Pasi Kallio (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)

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


4:20 pm          Invited Talk # 10:Massimo Mastrangeli (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

Tentative title: Microengineering organs-on-chip – Confirmed


4:40 pm          Invited Talk # 11:Bertrand Duplat (Robeauté,France)

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


5:00 pm          Invited Talk # 12:Fumihito Arai (Biorobotics Lab, Nagoya University, Japan)

Tentative title: Biomedical applications of micro-nanorobotics – Confirmed


5:20 pm          Concluding remarks