I. Laboratories and Staff
|Permanent staff||Post-Doctorate Students||PHD students|
|Laboratoire ICA (Grenoble INP)|
|Daniela URMA||Sylvain MARLIERE|
|LEPES laboratory (CNRS)|
|LAG Laboratory (UJF)|
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.
Contacts : Claude.Cadoz [at] imag.fr, Annie.Luciani [at] imag.fr, Jean-Loup Florens
Telephone : 04 76 57 46 69 - 46 48 - 46 61 - 46 70