Arianna Menciassi

Professor of Biomedical Robotics
Leader, Surgical Robotics and Allied Technologies Area
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa

Actuation and Sensing Solutions in the Microscale for Medical Applications

The trend towards non-invasive surgery and target therapy has motivated the search for microrobotic technologies enabling a high degree of miniaturization and the integration of functionalities. Traditional design approaches cannot be scaled down to the microscale, and additional constraints arise for the peculiar application environments: swallowable, implantable and injectable robots are the final target of these efforts. This talk will present an overview of different enabling technologies for developing smart artifacts with actuation and sensing abilities aimed at medical applications. The focus will be on wireless solutions and on the potential employment of such technologies in a medical robotic framework.