The BioRobotics Institute is focused on interdisciplinarity by exploiting knowledge and technologies from various fields of engineering (mechanical, electronic, computer science, chemistry, materials, energy), and also transdisciplinarity, thanks to strong interactions with natural and social sciences. The Director of the BioRobotics Institute is Paolo Dario. The Institute is composed of about 150 persons (more than 90 are PhD students). The Institute's expertise covers different areas: the Surgical Robotics area, led by Arianna Menciassi, is involved in SUPCAM.
The Surgical Robotics researchers investigate problems, identify enabling technologies and develop solutions for addressing the field of minimally invasive and targeted therapy and diagnosis. The main objective is to cover the gap between diagnosis and therapy, by blending together competences coming from robotics and bioengineering and by developing platforms, enabling technologies and components with the ability to treat many pathologies in the human body, including in hard-to reach areas. The main research lines are the following:
Endocavitary robots and devices for diagnosis and targeted therapy: robots, capsules, instrumented catheters, and probes able to operate and navigate in the human body for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Therapy and diagnosis can be performed in the human abdomen, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract, but also in other hard-to-reach districts.
Sensing systems for medical devices: sensing systems for health monitoring or for health assistance, as well as visualization technologies for endoluminal devices. Strong competence in the development of vision sensing systems, illumination devices, and ancillary sensing technologies to be used in different cavities of the human body.
Enabling technologies (e.g. nanotransducer and bio-hybrid devices): broad range of novel technological solutions aiming at significantly improving or even revolutionizing the possibilities and performances of current sensors, actuators and mechatronic systems. Development and assembly of smart materials and micro/nano-particles, and integration of living cells and tissues within bioartificial structures.