Programmable self-assembly

Loading Physical Intelligence Department

State transition diagram of five reversible configurations with three magnetic modules.

Objectives:

Project Members:

The objective of this research is to achieve programmable complexity for the design and operation of microrobots. We use controlled assembly of individual components at sub-millimeter scale to achieve addressable design and volume manufacturing of microrobots. We explore this programmable dynamic self-assembly as an active platform for high throughput, parallel, and distributed microrobotic operation.

Wendong Wang

Hakan Ceylan

Past Members:

Shuhei Miyashita

Selected Research Results and Papers

Selected Videos

Magnetically actuated programmable self-assembly

We reported a two-dimensional module reconfiguration based on interactions between microscale magnetic modules. By selective switching the magnetization directions of individual modules, we achieve programmable magnetic pattern formation with three or four modules. This programmable microscale magnetic modules can have potential applications in automatic microfabrication, non-invasive diagnoses, micro-surgery, and drug delivery at unreachable sites.

Magnetically actuated programmable self-assembly

Experimental video showing the reconfiguration of the assembly of four 500-μm magnetic micro-modules

S Miyashita, E Diller, M Sitti, "Two-dimensional magnetic micro-module reconfigurations based on inter-modular interactions" The International Journal of Robotics Research 32 (5), 591-613

 

List of Publications

2013

 

Two-dimensional magnetic micro-module reconfigurations based on inter-modular interactions

S Miyashita, E Diller, M Sitti

The International Journal of Robotics Research 32 (5), 591-613