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

Workshop Aims

Micro- and nanoscale robots for targeted treatment and drug delivery represent a rapidly emerging and exciting robotics research area. Recent advances in the design, fabrication, and operation of micro/nanorobots have greatly enhanced their function, versatility and potential clinical use for a variety of biomedical applications. They also open up many new and unexplored medical therapies, from drug delivery to microsurgery. Both tethered and untethered micro-scale devices with nano-scale features that can navigate inside the human body offer unique opportunities for targeted drug delivery and therapy. Advances in micro/nanorobotics research in recent years have brought these “tiny surgeons” closer to reality, but many challenges still remain.

To scale-down to macro-scale robotic actuation and sensing technologies, novel methods of fabrication, actuation and sensing must be developed. There are many different aspects to consider when designing a micro/nanorobot, this workshop will focus on the challenges associated with the mechanical design, material selection and development, fabrication processes and energy storage or delivery for medical microrobots, as well as allied sensing, micro-fluidics, and smart micro-nano particles for targeted drug delivery. This workshop brings together researchers from around the world in the field of micro/nanorobotics to present and map out the challenges ahead and discuss recent progresses and future perspectives of micro/nanorobots in biomedicine, with a special focus on their potential advantages and applications for directed drug delivery, precision surgery, medical diagnosis, and detoxification. Future success of this technology requires close collaboration between robotics, medical, and nanotechnology experts and this workshop provides a forum for discussing how to realise the full potential of the technology for disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

 Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Micro and Milli-Scale Magnetic Mechanisms for Manipulation and Cargo Delivery
    Eric Diller, University of Toronto, Canada
  • David Gracias, John Hopkins University, MA, USA
  • Bacteria based Micro Robot for Drug Delivery
    Sylvain Martel, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Soft-Microbots and Hard-Nanobots for Drug Delivery
    Bradley Nelson, ETH Zurich, CH
  • Soft Hydrogel Microrobots for Drug Delivery
    Sukho Park, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology | DGIST, S Korea
  • Metin Sitti, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA
  • Artificial Micro Robot for Drug Delivery 
    Joseph Wang, University California San Diego, USA

Topics to be covered

  • New micro-nano fabrication techniques
  • Steering, manipulation, and targeted delivery
  • Kinematic, dynamic modeling and control of micro/nanorobotic systems
  • Smart micro/nano particles
  • Molecular self-assembly and swarm behavior
  • Microorganisms, biohybrid carriers and targeting
  • Micro-robotics and theranostic pharmaceutical design
  • Power harvesting and actuation mechanisms
  • Micro-nano fluidics, sensing and cell manipulation
  • Emerging clinical applications

Workshop Co-chairs

  • Sylvain Martel, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Joseph Wang, University California San Diego, USA

Local Organisers

  • Antoine N Barbot
  • Florent Seichepine 


Sponsored by:




EPSRC Programme Grant on Micro-robotics for Surgery