Muscle-Inspired Actuators for Multi-scale Robotics (MIAMuR)
MIAMuR bridges novel nanofabrication techniques used in MEMS technology to the area of robotics, to build micron to centimeter-scale robots. The unresolved challenges in this area include delivering energy to microbots, realization of high-force, giant stroke and low-power actuators for efficient locomotion in meso-scale robots, and providing control to such small-scale robotic systems. Such critical key points should be addressed to enable autonomous robotic systems for small-scale mobility and maneuverability and to enable swarm micro-robots.
This center bridges nanotechnology and robotics, using: