Date: Wednesday, 27th June; Morning (1/2 day)

Workshop Aims

Whilst surgical implants have been used in clinical practice for many years, the ability to provide real time sensing and closed loop control and therapy is more recent. To provide structural and functional support or restoration yet being fully integrated with the local environment is the primary goal of implantable devices. Increasingly, new implants are moving from passive devices to active instrument, being able to sense, adapt, and actuate. This is also driven by the need to provide continuous sensing directly at the target location in vivo, such that targeted interventional or therapeutic measures can be deployed at the onset of adverse events. The development of smart implants also reshapes the future of regenerative medicine, promoting the use of biohybrid systems for functional restoration and augmentation, underpinned by new technologies in micro-nano technologies and materials science. There is therefore a convergence of implantable sensing and robotics in recent years, representing one of the most important emerging areas in surgical technologies.

This workshop aims to provide a forum to bring together basic science researchers, engineers, and healthcare practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines to present the current state-of-the-art in implantable sensing and robotics. It will also present some of the major technical challenges and unmet healthcare demands that can potentially reshape the future of surgical care and functional restoration.

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • In Vivo Tissue Regeneration of Tubular Organs
    Pierre Dupont, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA
  • Polymer-Based Brain-Machine Interfacing Implant
    Sohee Kim, Daegu Gyeonbuk, Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), S Korea  
  • Designing Soft Biomaterials with Unprecedented Mechanical Properties for Biomedical Applications
    Jianyu Li, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Biomechatronic Implantable Devices for Urinary and Pancreatic Diseases
    Arianna Menciani The BioRobotics Institute, Pontedera, Italy
  • Optimising Medical Care in Remote, Austere Environments Using Emerging Biosensor Technologies
    Mike Smith/ Nics Wetherill, Royal Centre for Defence, UK
  • Multifunctional Nanofibers for implantable biosensors
    Wenhui Song, University College London, UK
  • Real-Time Continuous Measurement of Heart Wall Strain Using Implantable Flexible Sensors
    Nikolay V. Vasilyev, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA

Topics to be covered

  • Sensor and actuator designs
  • Sensor and actuator embodiment and flexible electronics
  • Biohybrid system and mechanostimulation
  • Stimulation and feedback mechanisms
  • Ultra-low-power Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
  • Optical sensors and implantable systems
  • Power harvesting and data exchange links
  • Wireless data paths and security
  • Neuroprostheses and neurorobotics
  • Emerging clinical applications

Local Organisers

  • Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova
  • Bruno Rosa


Sponsored by:




EPSRC Programme Grant on Micro-robotics for Surgery