[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for participation - IROS workshop on micro-nano robotic swarms for biomedical applications

Spring Berman Spring.Berman at asu.edu
Sat Sep 6 01:09:32 PDT 2014

Micro-Nano Robotic Swarms for Biomedical Applications
IROS Workshop, September 14 2014, 8:30am-5pm, Chicago USA
Room: Salon 6
Website: http://nanoswarm2014.org
Video teaser: http://youtu.be/MKIuEbDNkEk

Please join us for the IROS workshop on Micro-Nano Robotic Swarms for Biomedical Applications on September 14.

The full program can be found below:

In this fast-paced workshop, attendees will hear from experts in medicine, bioengineering, micro-nano robotics, and swarm robotics. A poster session will encourage interactions in an informal setting. Finally, we will brainstorm challenges and opportunities in micro-nano swarm robotics during a closing panel discussion.

Big Picture
Bioengineers are currently designing micro-nano systems for the treatment and monitoring of diseases. DNA machines, synthetic bacteria, nanoparticles, and magnetic materials are now able to move, sense and interact in a controlled fashion, an affordance that has led them to be called robots. These robots will need to be deployed in large numbers and operate predictably in highly complex biological environments. For instance, trillions of nanorobots would be needed to deliver drugs to a tumor or yield a visible signal for sensing. Toward this end, the field of swarm robotics offers tools and techniques for controlling large numbers of agents with limited capabilities. The challenge is to design swarm robotic strategies that produce collective behaviors that are useful for biomedical applications. This will require advances in high-resolution understanding of biology, micro-nano robotics, fast prototyping of experimental environments, systems modeling, simulators to explore swarm strategies, and scalable control at the micro-nano scale.

Micro-nano robots
8:40am – 10:00am
Magnetic microrobots (Brad Nelson – ETHZ)
Bio-hybrid micro-robots towards stochastic dense networks (Metin Sitti – CMU)
Bio-hybrid flagellar swimmer – a new paradigm for engineered life (Taher Saif – UIUC)
Micro-nano robotics and medicine (Toshio Fukuda – Nagoya University)

Poster session
10:00am – 10:40am

Experimental testbeds
10:40am – 12:00pm
Robotic platforms for large-scale swarms (Mike Rubenstein – Harvard)
Manufacturing considerations for swarms of small robots (Rob Wood – Harvard)
Nanonets for tissue engineering applications (Guillermo Ameer – Northwestern)
Collective dynamics and distributed computation in engineered microtissues (Selman Sakar – ETHZ)

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Swarm robotics
1:40pm – 3:00pm
Delivering therapeutics in tumors using swarms of bacterial microrobots (Sylvain Martel – EPM)
Modeling and control of micro bio robots (Vijay Kumar – UPenn)
Distributed control of smart materials (Daniela Rus – MIT)
Stochastic coverage strategies and collective transport (Spring Berman – ASU)

Poster session
3:00pm – 3:40pm

Swarm robotics
3:40pm – 4:20pm
Controlling massive swarms: techniques and principles (Aaron Becker – Harvard Medical School)
Crowdsourcing swarming nanosystems for cancer applications (Sabine Hauert – UoB)

Panel discussion
4:20pm – 5:00pm

The full program can be found here: http://nanoswarm2014.org/program
Spring Berman, Arizona State University, USA
Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol, UK
Sangeeta Bhatia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Bradley Nelson, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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