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The Physical Intelligence Department, founded by Prof. Metin Sitti, started its research activities in the fall of 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Our department aims to understand the principles of design, locomotion, control, perception, and learning of single and large numbers of small-scale mobile robots made of smart and soft materials as our physical intelligence platforms. The intelligence of such robots would dominantly come from their physical design, materials, and control more than, or in addition to, their computational perception, learning, and control.  Such physical intelligence methods are indispensable at the small scale, especially since small-scale mobile robots are inherently limited in computation, actuation, powering, perception, and control capabilities.

Controllable load sharing for soft adhesive interfaces on three-dimensional surfaces

(PNAS, vol. 114 no. 22, April 13, 2017 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620344114)

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Mobile Microrobotics

(MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, ISBN: 9780262036436, June 2017.)

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Pick and place based 3D mobile micromanipulation in enclosed liquid


Gecko adhesive for pick and place of a fragile object

Waalbot-II (2011)

Three-dimensional heterogeneous assembly of coded microgels using an

untethered mobile micro gripper

An array of gecko foot-hairs inspired micro-fiber adhesive is used to pick a fragile very thin glass slide after a gentle contact.

Gecko foot-hairs inspired micro-fiber adhesives are integrated to the rotating feet of Waalbot climbing robot.

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