AIBE’s Professor Secures 2 Million Euro Grant for Medical Robotic Assistance Systems Project!!

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Prof. Dr. sc. (ETH Zürich) Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, W3-Professur für Medizinrobotik an der FAU (Bild: FAU/Georg Pöhlein)FAU/Georg Pöhlein

In an exciting leap for medical technology, Prof. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, an esteemed researcher at AIBE, has successfully obtained a substantial 2 million euro grant for her groundbreaking project on medical robotic assistance systems. The research network “ForNeRo – Seamless and Ergonomic Integration of Robotics into the Clinical Workflow,” aims to revolutionize the operating room by integrating assistive robots through intuitive interfaces. With six research institutions and five young companies collaborating in this research network, the future of medical robotics looks promising.

The Bavarian Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees, recognizing the innovative potential of the research, enthusiastically decided to fund the project with the significant grant. This funding aligns perfectly with the high-tech agenda set by the Bavarian state government, as explained by Minister of Economics Hubert Aiwanger.

ForNeRo stands out as one of only two research groups to receive funding, illustrating the project’s immense promise. The core objective is to establish surgical robotics firmly within the operating room and facilitate meaningful interactions between the robotic systems and medical professionals. The ultimate goal is to enhance the safety and efficacy of surgical procedures simultaneously. Prof. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, as the sub-project leader, sheds light on the potential benefits of semi-autonomous robots during delicate eye operations. By automating certain steps of the procedures, these robots can significantly aid surgeons, making complex tasks more manageable while maintaining a level of precision beyond human capabilities.

However, achieving such seamless integration presents challenges that Mathis-Ullrich and the research network are eager to address. Currently, robotic systems have not been ideally adapted to the specific requirements and conditions of the operating room, despite their existing use. Therefore, the ForNeRo research network is committed to enhancing the synergy between human surgical teams and robotic assistants.

For those seeking more information or wanting to learn more about ForNeRo, visit ForNeRo’s website.

Prof. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich can also be reached at for further inquiries.

This exciting project opens new horizons for medical science and robotics, promising safer, more effective surgeries that harness the potential of advanced technology and human expertise in perfect harmony.