AS2M department
Robotics, Mechatronics and Control Science
Micro and nanorobotics, mechatronics and Artificial Intelligence

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AS2M Presentation


Research in our AS2M Department is firmly grounded within the disciplines of robotics, mechatronics, automatic control and artificial intelligence. The scientific activity of the Department is characterized by the willingness to create systems in total synergy with the FEMTO-ST's strategy, notably through its participation in projects of excellence. All the work carried out is based on three major scientific challenges: the exploitation of the predominant physics at the micro and nanometric scales, in particular, large dynamics, the improvement of the dexterity of systems and the improvement of the "intelligence" of systems.

The department, which includes about 80 people, has acquired international recognition and experience in the design and control of micro and nano positioning and assembly systems, and micro robotics for minimally invasive surgery. The high level of expertise and international recognition is also present in the modelling and control of mechatronic systems, and in the field of "Prognostic Health Management".

The work within the AS2M department is attached to:

- a robotics base: studies of micro/nanorobotic systems for microsurgery, individualized manipulation of biological cells, development and improvement of the reliability of perception and information processing functions for mechatronic systems operating at the micro/nanometric scale ;

- a methodological basis: studies of micromechatronic systems, control laws for positioning and manipulation at the micro/nanometric scale, advanced algorithms for classification, prediction and decisions necessary for health assessment and life expectancy prediction of complex systems.

The large parts of the AS2M department activities are based on an experimental base supported by the Micro Nano Robotics Center platform (ex µROBOTEX). The Micro Nano Robotics Center is an extension of the PIA Robotex and groups together all our equipment for small-scale robotics for engineering sciences and biomedical. It provides the means to characterize micro and nanoscopic objects, to build micromachines, to develop cell therapy and to develop tools for intervention in the human body. The department also relies on the MIMENTO technology centre, which has more than 850 m2 of clean room space.


The AS2M Department is comprised of 3 different research teams:

  • The MACS team  (Methodologies for Automation and for the Design of Mechatronic Systems)  aims to study micromechatronic systems and control laws for positioning and manipulation at micro / nanometric scales.
  • The PHM team (Prognostics and Health Management), which is focused on the development of advanced algorithms for classification, prediction and decisions so as to predict the lifetime of complex systems;
  • The Micro & Nanorobotics team (Robotics and mechatronics at small-scales) studies design, perception, control as well as metrology issues of micro and nanorobotic systems integrating active materials.

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