Operations applying microscopic machinery or tools to minute tasks.
Micro-operations are generally performed in two main areas: 1)
manipulation to perform minute tasks using ordinary hardware in micro-manipulation or microsurgery,
etc., and 2) manipulation to perform minute tasks using microscopic hardware such as microrobots in
pipe inspection. In the former area, human interface systems that attempt coordination of special
microscopic environments with the human world have been proposed and experimentally developed. In
the latter area, work has just begun and remote task systems using microrobots are being developed
and research is focusing on control theory in group tasks.
Micro-manipulation, Microscopic surgery, Micro-surgery