New surgical procedures through micro-robotic manipulators

Thanks to the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery, it has established itself in daily clinical practice. While the patient, in particular, profits from the relatively small access cavity, minimally invasive surgery still remains a challenge for the surgeon due to the reduced maneuverability, indirect visibility and limited feedback from the tissue.

Through the use of disruptive robotic concepts, the European ARAKNES project pursues the goal of enabling new surgical options that overcome the current weaknesses of minimally invasive interventions and are, at the same time, safer, more gentle and more effective for the patient. ARAKNES combines the advantages of traditional open surgery with those of minimally invasive techniques and robotic manipulators. The goal is the creation of a bimanual surgical robot and assistant modules with which even complex operations can be performed without visible scars.

Concept of the ARAKNES platform

The ARAKNES consortium consists of 11 European research and industrial partners. The European collaboration strives to create a disruptive robotic surgical concept, as well as a comprehensive concept that includes innovative diagnosis technologies, surgical procedures and maneuvers, instruments, implants and rehabilitation concepts.

Project information

Array of robots augmenting the kinematics of endoluminal surgery (ARAKNES)

Framework Programme
Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7)

FP7 Challenge
FP7-ICT-Challange 3: Components, Systems and Engineering/Micro/Nano System

Type of Project
Integrated Project (IP)

Project Duration
01 May 2008 – 30 April 2012 (48 months)

Project Coordinator
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa

Project Website