MEMS4: Mobile Microrobots : Current Trends and Future Directions
June 25, 2014 | 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Since 1980’s a continuously growing group of researchers have been attempting to develop untethered mobile microscale robotic systems. Most often referred to as MEMS microrobots, these small robotic devices will have numerous applications in areas such as biomedicine, manufacturing, or surveillance. Despite these many potential applications, the progress in developing such small robotic devices has been slow, and some would claim that we are yet to see the development of fully autonomous microrobotic systems.
This talk will provide an introduction to the topic of microrobotics and describe some of the recently developed microrobotic systems and devices. It will present the challenges associated with developing mobile robotic systems with such small dimensions, and describe the unique, often transformative, solutions that enabled the current microrobotic devices to come to fruition. The talk will conclude with the discussion of the current trends and future emerging directions in microrobotic research and applications.