We Program

soft microrobots
using focused light

We Design

systems for precise actuation

in neurosurgery

We Design

microgrippers at the

single cell scale

We Design

new tools for

neurosurgery

People

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Lab Director

Eric Diller, Ph.D., P.Eng.

  • Dean’s Catalyst Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • PhD Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A.
  • BS & MS, Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Diller has led the Microrobotics Lab since 2014. His work is on micro-scale robotics and bio-inspired novel locomotion systems, and features fabrication and control relating to remote actuation of micro-scale devices using magnetic fields, micro-scale robotic manipulation, and smart materials.
  • Dr. Diller is the recipient of the MIE Department Early Career Teaching Award, the UofT Connaught New Researcher Award, the Ontario Early Researcher Award, the I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers, the Dean’s Catalyst Professorship from the UofT Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, the McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and the Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

None currently

Graduate Student Researchers

Cameron Forbrigger

  • PhD student (starting from Jan. 2018), Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Master of Applied Science, Dalhousie Univ. (2015-17), studied mechatronics and robotics with applications in abrasive manufacturing
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie Univ. (2011-15)

Priscilla Lai

Zhaoxin (Jason) Li

  • PhD student (starting from May 2019), Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • M.Eng., University of Toronto, Canada
  • B.Eng., South China University of Technology, China

Xiaoyun Liu

  • PhD student (starting from Sept. 2019), Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • MASc, Columbia University, USA
  • B. Eng., Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Adam Schonewille

  • MASc student (starting from Sept. 2018)
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Physics (2013-2018), University of British Columbia

Mihai Nica

  • MASc student (starting from Sept. 2018)
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (2013-2017), Concordia University

Lyle Gauthier

  • MASc student (starting from Sept. 2019)
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie Univ.
  • Engineering Diploma, Univ. of Prince Edward Island

Chloe Pogue

Monisha Naik

  • MASc student (starting from Sept. 2019)
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering (2014-2019), University of Waterloo

Robin Liu

  • MASc student (starting from Jan. 2020)
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (2013-2018), University of Waterloo

Research Assistants

Daniel Esser

 

Alumni

Jaekwang Nam, Ph.D.

  • MS & Ph.D. in Mechanical Convergence Eng. from the Hanyang Univ., Seoul, South Korea in 2018.
  • BS in Mechanical Eng. from Hanyang Univ., Seoul, South Korea in 2011.
  • From 2011 to 2012, his research topic was an optimal design of electric actuators to reduce mechanical vibration.
  • From 2013 to 2017, he studied about various structures of magnetic robots performing multifunctions in human blood vessels and their magnetic actuation system.
  • From 2018 to 2019, he worked at LG Electronics, investigating in-wheel type motors for personal mobility vehicles.

Mohammad Salehizadeh

Onaizah Onaizah

Sajad Salmanipour

Dr. Peyman Shokrollahi

  • Postdoc in the Microrobotics lab 2017-2019.
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Eng. from the University of Toronto in 2017
  • MASc in Electrical and Computer Eng. from Ryerson Univ., in 2009
  • BS in Electrical and Electronics Eng. from Shiraz Univ., Shiraz, Iran in 2001

Dr. Jiachen Zhang

Andrew Lim

Tianqi Xu

Omid Youssefi

Saba Sabetian

 

Sviatoslav Leniuk

  • Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto
  • Division of Engineering Science (Robotics Option)

Youyang Li

  • Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto
  • Division of Engineering Science

Alexi Tracey

  • Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto
  • Division of Engineering Science

Sumanth Kandala

  • International Undergraduate Student under MITACS Globalink Research Internship Program (Summer 2019)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Alexandre Poersch

  • Undergraduate Student University of Manitoba
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gurtej Bhasin

  • BASc Student, University of Toronto
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Ernest Lau

  • Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Seifeldin Hassan

  • Undergraduate student at UofT
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Jessica Campos

  • International Undergraduate Student under Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Program (starting from May 2017)
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico

Patrick Ryan

Zhe Li

Daniel Franca

  • International Undergraduate Student from Brazil (starting from May 2016)
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – PUCMG
  • Daniel Franca Resume

Vishal Gupta

  • International undergraduate student from India (starting from May 2016) under Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Program
  • Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India

Ahmed Ujjainwala

Piyush Jain

  • Mitacs Globalink, Research Intern
  • Senior undergraduate in dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Joe Ajoy

  • Grade 11, Co-op Student
  • Michael Power St. Joseph

Xian Wang

  • Exchange Undergraduate Student
  • BS, Tianjin University, China
  • Currently works as an graduate student in AMNL Lab, dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. 

 Hweedo Chan