Imaging, Robotics and Innovations in Health
Domain Engineering sciences, Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies, Neurosciences, Physiology, Physiopathology, Cardiology, Pharmacology, Endocrinology, Cancer, medical Technologies

The core facility

  • Head Manager of the core facility
    Michel DE MATHELIN
  • UMR 7357 - ICUBE / Laboratory of Engineering, Computer Science and Imagery
  • Civil hospital
  • Established in an unic site
  • Service delivery
    • to the academic community
    • to the socio-economic world
  • Collaborations of research
    • with the academic community
    • to the socio-economic world


The IRIS platform provides both a material and software environment for the development, evaluation and use of complex devices for multimodal biomedical imaging of both humans and small animals, the study of mechanical properties of tissues and the development of robotic assistance to medical and surgical gestures.


Scientific expertise

  • Biomedical imaging
  • Interventional Imaging
  • Biomechanic
  • Medical robotics
  • Mechatronic design
  • Advanced commands of robotics systems
  • Robotic Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system
  • Imaging processing
  • Data science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Preclinical
  • Clinical

Technical expertise

  • Biomedical Imaging: MRI, Optical imaging, Ultrasound
  • MRI methodology methodological developments
  • Development and implementation of solutions to assist medical and surgical procedures
  • Multi-material additive manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Mechanical Design
  • Real-Time Control System s
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Mechanical Characterization of Biological Tissues and Medical Devices
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Software Development
  • Management and implementation of clinical and preclinical biomedical research protocols


Main equipments

  • 3T MRI dedicated to clinical research, equipped with different stimulations setup
  • 7T MRI dedicated to preclinical research equipped with cryoprobe
  • 2 optical imaging systems: combining fluorescence and bioluminescence with X-rays and open-air fluorescence system
  • Additive manufacturing centre
  • Collaborative robotics centre
  • Acquisition system and real time measurement
  • Industrials robots
  • Haptic interfaces
  • 2 specialized robots prototypes: for remote-operated systems for orthopedic cement paste injection and for flexible endoscopy
  • Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system (rTMS) combined with robotic neuronavigation system
  • Ultrasound imaging and therapeutic ultrasound systems
  • Dual column tabletop testing system and biaxial traction-torsion testing system
  • Technical plateau for tissue and cells imaging

Ministerial autorisations to experiment

  • Approval of using animals for scientific purposes
  • Authorisation of location for biomedical research involving Humans

Specific rooms

  • Animal house A1

Other kinds of rooms

  • Rodents facility
  • Surgery room

Software resources / Data bases

  • Image processing
  • Data processing (AI)
  • Calculation and secure data storage
  • Development environment for real-time control of mechatronic systems