Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal TumOr Recognition and therapy
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SSSA Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, Italy

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a public institution for university education. It offers opportunities for research and advanced undergraduate and graduate training in the fields of social sciences (economics and management, law, political science) and experimental sciences (engineering, medicine and agricultural science). The School's mission is to educate students in a stimulating and active academic environment offering: personalised undergraduate tutoring, graduate programs (master's and doctoral programs), and continuing education professional courses; multiple and growing international networks of universities and other public and private research institutions; exchange programs with Italian and foreign professional and business associations, firms and public agencies in several areas of technological development, applied medical research, business organisation and training; basic and applied scientific research and cutting-edge technological development.
The research structure of the SSSA is composed of several laboratories active in different research fields, including technologies for minimally invasive therapy, biomechatronic and artificial perception systems.
The CRIM Lab (Centre for Research in Microengineering) was established at the SSSA with the specific mission to perform applied research on micro-mechatronics mainly in the biomedical field, and to implement service activities aimed at promoting the industrial take-up and exploitation. At present the CRIM Lab is coordinated by Prof. Paolo Dario, and it has more than 30 full time researchers possessing interdisciplinary expertise; a variable number of undergraduate students are also involved.
The facilities of the CRIM Lab include precision machines (Precision mechanics machine shop), Ultraprecision Machining (high precision CNC machining, micro-wire and micro-sink Electro Discharge Machining, Focused Ion Beam), Clean Room (Equipment for lithography, silicon micromachining, thin film deposition – Sputtering and ion beam evaporator – and monomolecular layer deposition, 3D Non-Traditional Technologies consisting in micro-injection moulding, micro-stereolithography and precision electrodeposition, Silicon Bulk Micromachining, Profilometer and Ellipsometer, Measurement and testing machines, Microscopes (AFM/STM Microscope, Optical fibre microscope, Optical microscope), MEMS characterization equipment (micromechanical test bench with precision load cells), surface characterization equipment, electrical characterization equipment, Optical Sensors research equipment (HeNe Laser, Lasers for distance measurements, UV visible power meter), Simulation and Design Software (ANSYS, Pro-Engineer, Electronic Laboratory). These microengineering equipments integrate nicely the expertise in modelling, simulation and characterization at component and system level.

Paolo Dario
Professor of Biomedical Robotics
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025 Pontedera (Pisa) / Italy
Tel: +39-050-883 420 / 102
Fax: +39-050-883 497
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