A.3 Research Activities

A.3.1 Scientific Projects

My research activities regularly lead me to collaborate in various scientific projects. In particular, these projects aim to obtain funds to either recruit students, to design or improve experimental testbeds, as well as to help some scientific cooperation. The different projects in which I have been involved are listed below, specifying my role and the obtained funding. Let us notice that all of these projects have been subject to a process with a deep scientific reviews.

European Union (EU) and National Funding (ANR) Projects

NANOMA

Nano-Actuators and Nano-Sensors for Medical Applications

Date

06/2008 – 10/2011

Funding

3.3M€, supported by the European Commission

Summary

The NANOMA project is an European project funded under FP7 ICT 2007.3.6, Micro/nanosystems, coordinated by Professor Antoine Ferreira, University of Orléans, PRISME Laboratory. The NANOMA project aims at proposing novel controlled nanorobotic delivery systems which will be designed to improve the administration of drugs in the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Role

co-responsible of the workpackage WP4: "Object Tracking, Planning and Control in MRI.

PROSIT

Robotic Platform for an Interactive Tele-echographic Systems

Date

01/2009 – 09/2012

Funding

230k€, supported by French national funding (ANR[21])

Summary

The PROSIT project is an ANR Contint program (2008) project, coordinated by Professor Pierre Vieyres, University of Orléans, PRISME Laboratory. The goal is to develop an interactive and complex master-slave robotic platform for a medical diagnosis application (i.e. tele-echography) based on a well-defined modular control architecture.

Role

co-responsible of the workpackage WP5: Visual Servoing.

PROTEUS

Robotic Platform to facilitate transfer between industries

Date

12/2009 – 12/2013

Funding

2.1M€, supported by French national funding (ANR)

Summary

The PROTEUS project is an ANR ARPEGE program (2009) project. This project motivation was to help to organize interactions between academic and industrial partners of the french robotic community by providing suitable tools and models. Especially, one goal is to create a portal for the French robotic community as embodied by the GDR Robotique and its affiliated industrial partners, in order to facilitate transfer of knowledge and problems among this community. To achieve the PROTEUS project 12 partners have been involved.

Role

co-responsible of the workpackage: Young Challenge.

PIANHO

Innovative Haptic Instrumental platform for 3D Nano-manipulation

Date

03/2010 – 03/2014

Funding

761k€, supported by French national funding (ANR)

Summary

The PIANHO project is an ANR P3N (2009) project. The motivation of this project is to create a nanomanipulation platform capable of pick, hold and place nano-objects in the synchrotron radiation beam of the ESRF (Grenoble, France) via tuneable tool-object interaction.

Role

co-responsible of the workpackage: Control of a Two-Fingered AFM-based Nano-manipulation System.

Cooperation Projects

PROCOPE

PROCOPE Franco-Germain Hubert Curien[22] partnership

Date

2010 – 2011

Summary

Supervision and Control of an Improved Platform for Targeted Administration of Therapeutic Nanorobots.

Partnership

Division Microrobotics and Control Engineering (AMiR[23])

PROCORE

PROCORE France–Hong-Kong Hubert Curien partnership

Date

2014 – 2015

Summary

Design, fabrication and characterization of the swim of enhanced helical microrobots. to organize Partnership

Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE[24])

Local Project (LP)

Nano-IRM

 

Date

09/2009 – 08/2012

Funding

110k€, supported by Région Centre Val de Loire[25], the Cher (18) departmental councils and the agglomeration comity of Bourges.

Summary

Supervision and Control of an Improved Platform for Targeted Administration of Therapeutic Nanorobots. This project supports the above project NANOMA, by providing the funding for the PhD thesis of Karim Belharet.

Role

co-supervision of the PhD thesis of Karim Belharet.

MicroRob

 

Date

10/2013 – 09/2016

Funding

110k€, supported by Région Centre Val de Loire and the agglomeration comity of Bourges.

Summary

Modeling and control of magnetic microcarrier for targeted cancer therapy.

Role

co-supervision of the PhD thesis of Lyes Mellal.

US-Probe

High Definition Echograph

Date

03/2017 – 03/2018

Funding

50k€, supported by Région Centre Val de Loire

Summary

Design of novel microrobotic platform with ultrasound probe vision.

Role

Principal Investigator (PI).

A.3.2 Students Supervisions

My research activities as associate professor led to the supervision of graduate school students from master’s to doctoral degrees. Specifically, I had directly supervised 4 doctorates (3 defended theses and 1 ongoing) and 2 master theses. In addition, I also had the opportunity to follow the research works of 5 externals PhD students. The different students that I have supervised or followed their works are listed below.

Students

Thesis in progress
Ruipeng Cheng

 

Date

since 11/2016

Title

Predictive navigation of a magnetic microrobot: instrumentation, control and validation.

Supervision

50% with the Prof. Antoine Ferreira (INSA Centre Val de Loire).

Defended theses

Masters Students

A.3.3 Scientific Collaborations

My research work have led to various international and national collaborations. These cooperation have made possible to investigate complementary approaches to those I have studied, helping to benefit from supplementary skills. These exchange were interesting and important in view of the strong multi-disciplinary of the achieved works, the many physical principles used, the many technologies involved or of the scientific scope. Hereafter are listed scientific cooperative works that have led to publications.

A.3.4 Scientific Dissemination and Impact

The appreciation of my research works have been effective through various actions. First, I was invited to be the board member for the recruitment of the following associate professor positions:



[21] From French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), which is the French National Agency for Research. http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr

[22] PHC, from French Partenariats Hubert Curien, provides support for international scientific and technological exchange of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. https://www.campusfrance.org

[23] AMiR, that is from German Abteilung für Mikrorobotik und Regelungstechnik, is a department of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sergej Fatikov. http://www.amir.uni-oldenburg.de

[24] MAE is a department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with A.Prof. Li Zhang. http://www.mae.cuhk.edu.hk

[25] AMiR, that is from German Abteilung für Mikrorobotik und Regelungstechnik, is a department of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sergej Fatikov. http://www.amir.uni-oldenburg.de