Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Cognitive Cell Manipulation Lab

The aim of the Cognitive Cell Manipulation Lab (CCML) is to introduce new opportunities in the area of image-guided micromanipulation of biological cells. With a multidisciplinary research team (robotics, imaging, artificial intelligence, biology, and medicine), our vision is to bring automation in cell micromanipulation.


The target application is automated (as opposed to manual) cell detection and transportation. Via a minimal interaction between the operator and the micromanipulator, operations are more accurate and time-effective. Cell detection and needle tracking are automatically performed through live microscope imaging. Visual servoing then enables navigation of the needle tip to any target cell. An intuitive user interface is provided for the operator to select a cell as well as the action to be performed, eg. picking it up and dropping it at another location.

Team members

Team members
Prof. Nassir Navab - PI
Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos - PI
Dr. Ali Nasseri - Project Leader
Dr. Guillaume Zahnd - Technical Advisor
Dr. Behnam Naderi Kalali - Biology advisor
Javier Esteban - PhD student
Mingchuan Zhou - PhD student
Arian Mehrfard - Master student
Cristina Serrano Gonzalez - Master student
Yordanka Stoyanova - Master student
Christian Martin Bosch - Bachelor student

Contact Person

Dr. Ali Nasseri (


Center for Translational Cancer Research (TranslaTUM)
Einsteinstraße 25
81675 München
Tel: (089) 4140 - 9157

Industrial partner

This research project is conducted with the support of NSK.

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