This collaborative research project will create a practical control scheme for large swarms of microrobots. These robots are typically no more than a few millimeters in length, and rely on an external power source and control signal. Currently, it is possible to steer the swarm as a whole to a single destination (or perhaps, to a desired average location). However, realizing the full potential benefits of microrobot swarms will require the ability to simultaneously send independent commands, either to individual robots or to small subgroups.
All faculty in IMG focus on the development or end-use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Underpinning these efforts are fundamental research thrusts in materials synthesis and analysis; multiscale manufacturing; micro/nanofabrication and process integration; solid-state physics; and system simulation, modeling, design, and optimization.