We Program

soft microrobots
using focused light

We Control

systems for precise actuation

in neurosurgery

We Design

microgrippers at the

single cell scale

We Build

new tools for

neurosurgery

People

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Lab Director

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

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, the Professional Engineers Ontario Young Engineer Medal, and the Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Research Team

Changyan He

Changyan He

Postdoctoral Researcher

Cameron Forbrigger

Cameron Forbrigger

Ph.D. Student

  • Starting January 2018
  • MASc, Dalhousie University
  • BASc, Dalhousie University

 

Priscilla Lai

Priscilla Lai

Ph.D. Student

  • Starting September 2018 
  • MASc, University of Waterloo
  • BASc, University of Waterloo
Zhaoxin (Jason) Li

Zhaoxin (Jason) Li

Ph.D. Student

  • Starting May 2019
  • M. Eng, University of Toronto
  • B. Eng, South China University of Technology, China
Xiaoyun Liu

Xiaoyun Liu

Ph.D. Student

  • Starting September 2019
  • MASc, Columbia University, USA
  • B. Eng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Daniel Sieben

Daniel Sieben

Ph.D. Student

  • Starting September 2021
  • B. Sc, University of Calgary
  • M. Sc, University of Calgary
Erik Fredin

Erik Fredin

Ph.D. Student

  • Starting September 2021
  • M.Sc.Eng. Lund University, Sweden
Adam Schonewille

Adam Schonewille

MASc Student

  • Starting September 2018
  • BASc in Engineering Physics, University of British Columbia
Lyle Gauthier

Lyle Gauthier

MASc Student

  • Starting September 2019
  • BEng, Dalhousie University
  • Engineering Diploma, University of Prince Edward Island
Chloe Pogue

Chloe Pogue

MASc Student

  • Starting September 2019
  • B.Eng, McGill University
Monisha Naik

Monisha Naik

MASc Student

  • Starting September 2019
  • BASc, University of Waterloo
Nancy Wu

Nancy Wu

MASc Student

Robin Liu

Robin Liu

MASc Student

  • Starting January 2020
  • BASc, University of Waterloo
Zhuo Fan Bao

Zhuo Fan Bao

MASc Student

  • Starting September 2020
  • BASc, McGill University
Anastasia Aubeeluck

Anastasia Aubeeluck

MASc Student

  • Starting January 2021
  • Co-Supervised with Professor Hani Naguib
  • BASc, University of Toronto

Research Assistants

Daniel Esser

Daniel Esser

Khaled Gaber

Khaled Gaber

Undergraduate Thesis Student

  • Starting September 2021

Alumni

Post-Doctoral Researchers
  • Dr. Jaekwang Nam, 2019-2020
  • Dr. Peyman Shokrollahi, 2017-2019
Ph.D. Alumni
  • Dr. Mohammad Salehizadeh, graduated 2020
  • Dr. Sajad Salmanipour, graduated 2020
  • Dr. Onaizah Onaizah, graduated 2019
  • Dr. Jiachen Zhang, graduated 2018
Masters Alumni
Undergraduate Researchers
  • Sviatoslav Leniuk, 2020
  • Youyang Li, 2020
  • Alexi Tracey, 2020
  • Sumanth Kandala, 2019
  • Alexandre Poersch, 2018
  • Gurtej Bhasin, 2018
  • Ernest Lau, 2018
  • Seifeldin Hassan, 2016-2018
  • Jessica Campos, 2017
  • Ahmed Ujjainwala, 2017
  • Daniel Franca, 2016
  • Vishal Gupta, 2016
  • Piyush Jain, 2016
  • Xian Wang, 2014
  • Hweedo Chan, 2014
High School Interns
  • Joe Ajoy, 2014