Micro and Nanorobotics towards in vivo applications
Last decade has seen striking advances in the fields of materials science, micro- and nanofabrication and control engineering, which in turn, have enabled the development of increasingly sophisticated micro- and nanorobots.
The ultimate goal of small-scale roboticists is to inject these devices into the human body, and exploit their motion capabilities to reach areas that cannot be easily accessed through conventional surgical tools. A grand challenge in micro and nanorobotics is to design a small-scale robot that can fulfill all the requirements for its translation to real clinical scenarios. The aim of this workshop is to provide an overview of novel findings in the field of micro- and nanorobotics with a particular focus on platforms that have been already validated in vivo, or that hold promise for their translation into effective clinical interventions. The workshop will cover several aspects that are currently hampering the application of micro and nanororobots in real medical scenarios:
- Micro- and nanorobot powering and stimulation (based on magnetic fields, ultrasound, chemical reactions and biological components integration);
- In vivo tracking of small-scale robots in in vivo environments by means of medical imaging techniques;
- Safety and biocompatibility characteristics of micro- and nanorobots (by developing fully biodegradable structures and/or retrieval strategies).