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New adhesive mimics gecko biology

  • 04 September 2015


It’s a typical afternoon at the zoo, and you find yourself looking at the exhibits of reptiles and amphibians in miniature imitations of wild and exotic habitats. At one of the displays you notice a gecko crawling on a window with superhero ease.

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Bacteria navigate microparticle swarms to target

  • 25 June 2015

Latest publication in Scientific Reports

In the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine complete with crew is shrunk in size so that it can navigate through the human body, enabling the crew to perform surgery in the brain. This scenario remains in the realm of science fiction, and transporting a surgical team to a disease site will certainly remain fiction. Nevertheless, tiny submarines that could navigate through the body could be of great benefit: they could deliver drugs precisely to a target location, without causing side effects and stressing the whole organism.

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Feature Robotics Medical

  • 01 June 2015


Engineers explore ways to take robotics to the limits of size and function. In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the vessel into an ailing scientist.

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Einmal um die Welt für die Robotik

  • 12 March 2015

Der Ingenieur Metin Sitti ist herumgekommen: Istanbul, Tokio, Berkeley, Pittsburgh – und nun Stuttgart: am Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme baut er gerade ein Labor auf und lobt die Chancen für seine Forschung mit kleinen Robotern.

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Nanoroboter bekämpfen Krebs

  • 15 February 2015


Our lab alumnus Assist. Prof. Bahareh Behkam at Virginia Tech in USA received the National Science Foundation CAREER award from the Biomedical Engineering program in 2015. Her award will focus on investigating immune cell-bacteria interactions in the cancer tumor microenvironment.

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Our lab's work

  • 04 February 2015


Our lab's work: "Six-Degrees-of-Freedom Remote Actuation of Magnetic Microrobots" has been nominated for the best paper award at the Robotics Science and Systems 2014 conference.

Metin Sitti Joshua Giltinan Guo Zhan Lum Zhou Ye

Metin Sitti becomes new director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • 21 May 2014

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has appointed Metin Sitti as a new director at the institute’s Stuttgart location. There, Sitti will head the Physical Intelligence Department. One of the main goals of his research will be to obtain a new understanding of physically intelligent systems made of smart and soft materials.

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  • 05 May 2014

To our alumni Yigit Menguc, Onur Ozcan, and Rika Wright Carlsen on their new faculty positions. Yigit has accepted a position at Oregon State University, Onur has accepted a position at Bilkent University, and Rika has accepted a position at Robert Morris University.

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Our lab's work

  • 07 April 2014

Our lab's work on self-cleaning gecko adhesive is featured as a picture of the week by the science news website Science Friday.

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  • 03 April 2014

Congratulations to NanoRobotics Lab alumnus TaeWon Seo and Professor Sitti on winning the 2013 IEEE/ASME Best Mechatronics Paper Award.

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