Description

The field of microrobotics has grown rapidly in recent years offering potential to revolutionize future medical practices. Microrobots are being investigated for both in vivo and in vitro applications with both tethered and untethered systems. Due to their small size of less than 1 mm, microrobots are typically either: (1) attached to fibers that deliver the energy required for their actuation; (2) actuated by remote force fields including magnetic, acoustic, electric, and electromagnetic fields; or (3) equipped with an on-board energy source such as bacteria or chemical catalysts. Importantly, deploying micro/nanorobots in vitro for cell sorting and handling would allow the development of innovative and personalized drugs (e.g. isolating and amplifying the patient’s immune cells to facilitate tailored medical products). In addition, their use for in vivo applications 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 medical applications. A variety of micro/nanorobotic techniques and medical applications will be covered in order to give the audience a comprehensive overview of the field. The workshop will have a full-day format with more than ten invited speakers and presenters working on various aspects of microrobots including fabrication, actuation and control, sensing, and medical applications.

Programme

The programme will be posted in May 2024.

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, actuation, control, sensing, etc.).
  • Insight into state-of-the-art fabrication of microrobots with stimuli-responsive materials (e.g. using twophoton polymerization and other fabrication technologies).
  • Knowledge about the various medical applications of microrobots both in vivo and in vitro.
  • Understanding of the opportunities and challenges in translating micro/nanorobotic technologies to the clinic.
  • Appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of tethered and untethered micro/nanorobotic systems.

Full Day Workshop (09:00 – 17:00)

Organisers


This workshop is accredited for 6 CPD points.