Our paper is one of three nominated for the “Best Paper” award at the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), to be held July 1-5, 2019 in Helsinki.
M. Salehizadeh*, Zhaoxin Li*, and E. Diller, “Independent Position Control of Two Magnetic Microrobots via Rotating Magnetic Field in Two Dimensions,” MARSS2019 pdf of the paper
*Zhaoxin and Mohammad are equally-contributing first authors of the paper. Congrats Mohammad and Zhaoxin! Mohammad has had an award-nominated paper at MARSS for the past three years running!
Two great videos of our work (including interviews with Prof. Diller) were prepared by journalists:
These are based on our new paper in Science Robotics:
T. Xu, J. Zhang, M. Salehizadeh, O. Onaizah, and E. Diller, “Millimeter-Scale Flexible Robots with Programmable Three-Dimensional Magnetization and Motions,” Science Robotics, vol. 4, eaav4494 , 2019. link to the paper
Tianqi’s new paper was just published in the journal Science Robotics! Congrats Tianqi! UofT Engineering also published a news article on the paper.
Dr. Diller was interviewed in TechBriefs about the work.
“Millimeter-Scale Flexible Robots with Programmable Three-Dimensional Magnetization and Motions,” Science Robotics 2019. link to paper
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.
Lucas and Chris with the team’s microrobotic system
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.