The Microrobotics Lab is welcoming 5 new PhD/MASc students starting in September! Starting an MASc is Adam Schonewille, Sagar Jaiswal, Omar Ismail, and Mihai Nica. Starting a PhD is Shenrui Pan. Priscilla Lai is also starting a PhD, after spending the past few months as a research assistant. Welcome to the group!
Congratulations to Dr. Jiachen Zhang, who successfully defended his PhD thesis today! Dr. Zhang is the first PhD graduate from the Microrobotics Lab. We had a celebration for him as he moves on from our group!
The lab headed out for lunch and some fun July 26! Everyone got to show their skills at bowling and ping pong.
Dr. Diller has been recognized by the Dean of Engineering as the Dean’s Catalyst Professor, a title he will hold for three years. This named professorship was created by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering to promote and accelerate the contributions of promising junior academic staff. The honor was given for Dr. Diller’s innovative discoveries in micro-scale robotics, research and education which are aligned with the faculty’s Academic Plan. The professorship comes with research funding to support the mission of the Microrobotics Lab.
Prof. Diller received the I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers! The I.W. Smith Award was established in 1977 to honour Professor I. W. Smith who devoted a lifetime to teaching mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. It is awarded annually for outstanding achievement in creative mechanical engineering within 10 years of undergraduate graduation. Prof. Diller received the award at the CSME Annual Congress banquet on May 29, 2018 at York University.
Our team of undergraduate students Christopher Lucasius (EngSci 4th year), York Dong (Mech 4th year) and Lucas Botelho (Mech 4th year) won second place in the “Autonomous Manipulation and Accuracy Challenge” event at the Mobile Microrobotics Challenge. The team competed in the even at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018 in Brisbane Australia. This challenging series of tasks had the team design and manufacture microrobots up to 500 micrometers in length (about the size of a grain of salt) for both autonomous manipulation and microassembly in arenas less than 3 mm long. Thank you to the UofT Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics for helping support our team! The team was supervised by Prof. Diller along with graduate students Jiachen Zhang and Mohammad Salehizadeh with support from Omid Youssefi and Tianqi Xu.
Our research is featured in a UofT Magazine article “Tiny Robots, and the Future of Drug Delivery”! http://uoft.me/tiny-robots
Our research is highlighted in an NBCnews article on micro-robotics!
Prof. Diller received the “Early Researcher Award” from Ontario for the research done by the Microrobotics Lab on microrobotic actuation and controls! This award will help support our research in making dextrous microrobotic tools for healthcare applications!