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Monday, March 25, 2013
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Schwada Classroom Office Building (SCOB) 150 [map]

This presentation explores bio-inspired and bio-integrated robotic systems at the small scale. bio-inspired robotics has focused on understanding and adapting the underlying principles of biological systems to enable new robots working in unstructured and complex environments, where animals have evolved to find just-good-enough solutions to survive. Several bio-inspired miniature robotic locomotion systems are introduced. First, novel legged water-surface locomotion systems to walk and run on water surface; next, climbing robots using gecko foot-hair inspired micro-fiber adhesives. Geckos are very agile and robust climbers on a wide range of smooth and slightly rough surfaces. Understanding the underlying principle of gecko foot-hair adhesion, gecko-inspired elastomer micro-fiber adhesives with mushroom shaped tip endings are designed, fabricated and implemented in various miniature climbing robot designs. Moving from bio-inspiration to bio-integration, cells are proposed to be used as on-board micro-actuators by integrating them to synthetic micro-robot bodies to enable sub-millimeter scale swimming robots.

Metin Sitti received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1992 and 1994,  respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in  electrical engineering from University of  Tokyo, Japan, in 1999. He was a research  scientist at University of California at  Berkeley during 1999-2002. He is currently a  professor in Department of Mechanical  Engineering and Robotics Institute at  Carnegie Mellon University. He is the  director of NanoRobotics Lab and Center for  Bio Robotics. His research interests include mobile micro robots, bio inspired miniature robot locomotion, bio inspired micro/nano  materials and micro/nano manipulation.

He received the SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award in 2011, National Science  Foundation CAREER Award in 2005 and IBM  Smarter Planet Award in 2012. He received  best paper and best video awards in major  robotics conferences. He was appointed as the Adamson Career Faculty Fellow during  2007-2010. He was the vice president of the  Technical Activities in the IEEE  Nanotechnology Council during 2008-2010. He was elected as the Distinguished  Lecturer of the IEEE Robotics and  Automation Society during 2006-2008. He is  the editor in chief of Journal of Micro Bio  Robotics.

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