Biomedical Robotics and Applications (BIORA)

Research summary

Biomedical Robotics and Applications (BioRA) focused on the staff exchange between the partners of EU and China, and on the development of new technologies and applications in the field of biomedical robotics on the macro, micro and nano scales for biological cell detection, manipulation, test and injection. It met the objectives and requirements of the Marie Curie Action: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES), by setting up multiple bridges between European and Chinese institutions.


The ultimate goal of BioRA was to establish a long-term research cooperation platform between Europe and China in the challenging field of biomedical robotics with promising applications in scientific, industrial and domestic sectors. Project activities were divided into five inter-related work packages: (1) Setup of knowledge base and road mapping, (2) Fundamental exploration of biomedical robotics, (3) Development of biomedical robot components and systems, (4) Dissemination and exploitation, and (5) Project management.


The BioRA project has established research collaborations between Europe and China in the challenging field of biomedical robotics with promising applications in scientific, industrial and domestic sectors through a large number of staff exchanges within the 48-month duration of the project. The staff exchanges strongly supported the research undertaken in the partner Institutions, having produced fruitful outcomes which benefit the individual partner Institutions, the Consortium as the whole and researchers in this field.

The project consortium gained knowledge of state of the art on biomedical robotic technologies through the investigation of over 500 literatures. Which are collected in a database shared among the project partner Institutions. The consortium has developed a vision on biomedical robot development and application, with the focus on high operation complexity, low success rate, and low efficiency, and the expectation of using AI techniques in the development.

The Consortium investigated technological development of biomedical robots from the perspectives of sensing and actuation, micro and nano handling and human-robot interaction, and developed a number of biomedical robotic components (including both hardware and software) and integrated robots for cell test and cell injection. The Consortium performed large scale tests that confirmed the functions and feasibility of the components and the robots.

BioRA consortium published more than 110 research papers in prestige journals and conferences, organised 8 conference special sessions, organised 9 training events in terms of seminars, and is granted 19 patents. The collaborations established in of the long-term. The members of BioRA consortium are also participating into 2 H2020 MSCA projects to further the research collaborations among the Consortium partners.

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Research title
Biomedical Robotics and Applications (BIORA)

Research timeline
1.1.2014 - 1.12.2017

Biological Cell Detection biomedical applications Biomedical Robotics international research staff exchange scheme (irses)


Bulgaria, China, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom

Tampere University of Technology
Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
Tampere, Finland

Funding instrument
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (ICI, HEI-ICI, N-S-S), European Union Funding

Head of research
Pasi Kallio

Research team
Pasi Kallio, Koivikko Anastasia, Seriola Veikko

University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Institute of Mechanics, Bulgaria Tampere University of Technology, Finland, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany; and Changchun University of Science and Technology, Tianjin University, Soochow University, Nankai University, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University-China

Contact information
Pasi Kallio
+ 358 50 0525546

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