NANOMAN : Multisensory Interface Nano-Manipulator — Gesture - Image - Sound

I. Laboratories and Staff

Permanent staff Post-Doctorate Students PHD students
Laboratoire ICA (Grenoble INP)
Claude CADOZ
(Jean-Loup FLORENS)
Daniela URMA Sylvain MARLIERE
LEPES laboratory (CNRS)
Florence MARCHI
LAG Laboratory (UJF)
Alina VODA    

II. Presentation of the NANOMAN Project

The multisensory nanomanipuation project uses various fields of knowledge (computer technology, modelling, automatics, nano-physics, electronics, mechanics) for a single objective : designing a real-time multisensory user interface for an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM).
The assembly of a TGR (Retroactive Gestural Transducer) with an AFM microscope is progressing along  two broad directions:

  • Setting up hardware for a force-feedback Nano-manipulator
  • Defining the multisensory reconstruction from the AFM signals

The combined skills of the ICA laboratory (Virtual Reality and multisensority) and of the LEPES laboratory (nano-physics) permit to take care of these two aspects. The AFM that was acquired for this project has been coupled with the TGR. Manipulations and force-transmission due to the point/surface interaction have been achieved. Servo-motor systems for the transmission of action and force-feedback have been set up.
Simultaneously and on the same basis, the most efficient sensory-motor rendering for visual and tactile interface is defined in order to implement nanometer-scale presence. Thus the goal of the Nanoman project is to build a Nano-manipulator like an autonomous workstation integrating nanometer-scale force captors and a user interface permitting real-time nano-scale work while using all the cognitive processes (meaning, knowledge, learning) inside the nano-world.

Practical courses on multisensory nanomanipulation have been given at the UJF university since 2004. In addition, collaboration with actors in various fields are on the way in order to satisfy a larger range of demands:

  • biology : a user-friendly tool for manipulating living matter in its various scales
  • educational sciences : beyond theorical descriptions and associated measures, nanomanipulation offers a more direct and sensorial approach to nano-sciences
  • micro-robotics : the micro-system composed of the AFM microscope head and its control is in the heart of micro-roboticians' concern.

III. Publications

          Luciani, A. and al., PRESENCE: The sense of believability of inaccessible worlds, vol. 28 (2004) pp.509-517

          Marchi, F. and al., Feeling nanospace through a multisensorial nano-manipulator, Veeco European Conference - Seeing at Nanoscale II, Grenoble, France, 10 (2004) pp.1

          Marliere, S. and al., Multi-sensorial interaction with a nano-scale phenomenon: the force curve, EuroHaptics, Munich, Germany, 6 (2004) pp.246-252

          Luciani, A. and al., PRESENCE: The sense of believability of inaccessible worlds, CyberWorld, Singapore, 12 (2003) pp.114-119

          Luciani, A. and al., Approaching nano-spaces: 1-DOF nanomanipulator, Trends in Nanotechnology, Salamanca, Spain, 9 (2003) pp.145-146

          Marliere, S. and al., Real-time simulation of AFM tip-surface cohesive interactions, Trends in Nanotechnology, Salamanca, Spain, 9 (2003) pp.143-144

          Marliere, S. and al., Touching Nanospace: Atomic Force Microscope coupling with a force feedback manipulation system, STM'03, Eidhoven, Netherlands, 7 (2003)

          Florens, J. and al., Atomic Force Microscope Functionality Simulation: Physical and Energetic Analogies, Integrated Nanosystems, Palo Alto, California, 9 (2003)

          Marchi, F. and al., Educational Tool for Nanophysics Using Multisensory Rendering, WorldHaptics, Pisa, Italy, 3 (2005) pp.1-8

          Jez, O. and al., Dynamic Modelling of a Nanomanipulator Chain, IFAC, Prague, Czech Republic, 7 (2005) pp.1-6

          Marchi, F. and al., Interactive learning of nanophysics phenomena, mICTE, Caceres, Spain, 6 (2005) pp.510-515

          Marliere, S, Conception et réalisation d'un nouvel outil à réalité mixte et retour d'effort pour toucher et créer les nanomondes, PhdThesis, Grenoble, France, 1 (2006) pp.1-324


Contacts : Claude.Cadoz [at], Annie.Luciani [at], Jean-Loup Florens
Telephone : 04 76 57 46 69 - 46 48 - 46 61 - 46 70