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Our Department

The Physical Intelligence Department, founded by Prof. Metin Sitti, has recently 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.

(Advanced Materials 29 December 2016 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201603483)

(Advanced Materials, 22 December 2016 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201605072)

(Polymer International 8 September 2016 DOI: 10.1002/pi.5246)







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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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