[robotics-worldwide] RSS2008 Workshop on Underwater Microrobotics

Nelson Bradley bradley.nelson at iris.mavt.ethz.ch
Wed Jun 18 00:37:09 PDT 2008


Underwater Robotics ... at the Microscale



Saturday 28 June 2008 starting at 8:30am
ETH Zurich Main Building (Hauptgebauede HG) room to be announced

Attendance is free

Biological motors are engineering marvels capable of providing propulsion at micro and nano scales. A variety of molecular machines swim for cell division and intracellular transport and have recently been used to power and manipulate micro-/nanoscale components. Microrobotic swimmers have also been proposed as a key technology for dramatically changing many aspects of medicine by navigating bodily fluids to perform targeted diagnosis and therapy. Microrobots, like microorganisms, swim in a low-Reynolds-number regime, requiring swimming methods that differ from macroscale swimmers. Researchers have proposed numerous microrobotic swimming methods, many biomimetic, with the vast majority utilizing magnetic fields to wirelessly power and control the microrobot. The goal of this workshop is to understand how fundamental robotics research has benefited from biology, and how biologists and robotists might benefit from one another's approach.

Brad Nelson      ETH Zurich
Vijay Kumar      UPenn
Sylvain Martel   Polytechnique Montreal
Metin Sitti      CMU
Lixin Dong       ETH Zurich

Program (subject to modification)
Brad Nelson           Why Underwater Microrobotics?  
                      8:30 - 9:00
Takashi Ishikawa      Overview of Eukaryotic Flagella from a Mechanistic Perspective  
                      9:00 - 9:30
Howard C. Berg        Resurrection of the flagellar rotary motor near zero load  
                      9:30 - 10:00

Break                 10:00-10:30

Sylvain Martel        Bacterial propulsion and steering for nanorobots  
Vijay Kumar           Abstractions and Control of Swarming Bacteria with Applications to Manipulation  
Li Zhang              Fabricating Artificial Bacterial Flagella  

Lunch Break           12:00 - 1:30

Antoine Ferreira      Design and Interaction of Drug Delivery Nanorobots with Cells  
                      1:30 - 2:00
Metin Sitti           On-Board and Off-Board Micro-Robot Locomotion Under Water  
                      2:00 - 2:30
Gabor Kosa            Using flagellar motion to drive swimming micro robots for medical applications  
                      2:30 - 3:00

Prof. Dr. Bradley Nelson
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS)
ETH Zürich
Institut für Robotik und Intelligente Systeme (IRIS)         www.iris.ethz.ch
Tannenstrasse 3, CLA H15.2                                   Tel: +41 44 632 55 29
CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland                                  Fax: +41 44 632 10 78
                                                             Mob: +41 79 777 61 30

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