Surgical sciences and robotic surgery.

Maxillo-facial surgical procedures are often performed in anatomical areas that are difficult to get to, and require extreme precision while minimizing surgical scarring. Surgical robots have been used in many surgical specialities but still need to improve to meet the constraints of maxillo-facial surgeries.

The goal of the Institute is to develop innovative surgical techniques and technologies to make surgical procedures more effective and less invasive.

Research team lead

Julien Davrou
Maxillo-facial surgeon


Reconstructive surgery
Robot-assisted surgery
Experimental non invasive surgery


The SKILLS platform is an educational simulation platform that combines several different technologies to provide learning exercises for a variety of medical or surgical procedures around the joints.

Its features:

  • Two coupled and interchangeable haptic robotic arms for right-handed, left-handed and ambidextrous;
  • An immersive 3D screen displays a 3D simulation of the operator’s hands carrying his tools and the joint on which the simulated intervention takes place.
  • Augmented reality glasses equipped with 4 sensors that send back an infrared light allowing to locate the operator’s position.
  • Several types of haptic feedback are implemented to simulate the feeling of real situations


The Institute has acquired the Carlo robot in April 2022. This osteotomy robot allows for the precise planning of osteotomy thanks to computer navigation and uses laser technology to cut the bone with extreme precision.

The Institute’s goal is to use this robot to create new surgical protocols applicable to the face or cranium but also to other bone surgeries.

In mid-April 2022, the Institute’s team performed the first surgery in France using this robot.