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Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory

Welcome to the Harvard Microrobotics Lab Our research focuses on mechanics, materials, design, and manufacturing for novel robots.

Basic research questions for both of these themes include multi-scale and multi-material manufacturing, new sensors and actuators (either small and lightweight or consisting of entirely soft materials), controls for highly compliant and/or highly dynamic robots, and mechanical intelligence (i.e.

The lab employs a highly experimental approach to developing robots and we use these robots as tools to explore fundamental questions in micromechanics, actuation, fluid mechanics, controls, and microelectronics.

(3/2017) Congratulations to Ardian Jusufi who will join the faculty at the University of Technology Sydney (10/2016) 'An integrated design and fabrication strategy for entirely soft, autonomous robots' appears in the journal Nature (8/2016) 'Perching and Takeoff of a Robotic Insect on Natural and Artificial Overhangs Using Switchable Electrostatic Adhesion' appears in the journal Science (5/2016) Congratulations to Nick Gravish who will join the faculty at U.C.

San Diego as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (5/2016) Congratulations to Sam Felton who will join the faculty at Northeastern University as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (5/2016) Congratulations to Andrew Mountcastle who will join the faculty at Bates College as Assistant Professor in Biology at Bates College (4/2016) Congratulations to Kevin Galloway who will join Vanderbilt University as a research faculty member and Director of Making (4/2016) Congratulations to Kevin Chen for winning the Best Student Paper award at IROS 2015 for his work on 'Hybrid aerial and aquatic locomotion in an at-scale robotic insect' (10/2015) 'Jumping on water: Surface tension-dominated jumping of water striders and robotic insects' appears in the journal Science (7/2015) 'A 3D-printed, functionally graded soft robot powered by combustion' appears in the journal Science (7/2015) Congratulations to former Microrobotics Lab member Dr. Peter Whitney who will join the faculty at Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (6/2015) Congratulations to Sawyer Fuller who will join the faculty at the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (6/2015) 'Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones' appears in the journal Nature (5/2015) Congratulations to Dan Aukes who will join the faculty at Arizona State University (5/2015) Congratulations to Mishu Dudata for winning a Link Foundation Energy Fellowship!

(1/2015) The Microrobotics Lab will work with Marine Biologist David Gruber on a National Geographic Expedition on deep-sea underwater soft robots (11/2014) Congratulations to Frank Hammond who will join the faculty at Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in the departments of Mehcanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (8/2014) 'A method for building self-folding machines' appears in the journal Science.

See the Wyss Institute press release (8/2014) Congratulations to Pakpong Chirarattananon who will join the faculty at the City University of Hong Kong (8/2014) Popup CAD - an open-source design tool for rapidly prototyping novel robots - is now available (7/2014) The Soft Robotics Toolkit is launched (7/2014) Congratulations to former Microrobotics Lab members Prof.

Lab News

September 14, 2017: Jake Abbott has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member.

July 5, 2017: Babak Hejrati has accepted an offer to join the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine.

April 6, 2017: Our paper 'First Demonstration of Simultaneous Localization and Propulsion of a Magnetic Capsule in a Lumen Using a Single Rotating Magnet' has been selected as a finalist for the Best Medical Robotics Paper Award at the upcoming IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

May 11, 2016: Babak Hejrati has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.

April 13, 2016: Andrew Petruska has accepted an offer to join the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

His other team won the Best in Business Award for developing a business plan for a portable device for early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy.

February 26, 2014: Joey Brink gave a terrific presentation at the Haptics Symposium in Houston, and our paper was awarded the Best Paper Award.

August 16, 2012: Jake Abbott was awarded the Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award for the 2010-2011 school year (a year late!).

March 2, 2012: IEEE Spectrum, Robot Sensors & Actuators Blog, Video Friday: A Robot With Bird Legs, DARPA Manipulation Demo, and Darwin-OP's Dance Moves This blogpost features the avian-inspired graspers project.

September 29, 2011: Courtney Doyle, Lisandro Leon, Manikantan Nambi, and Andrew Petruska all did a great job presenting their work this week at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco.

February 26, 2011: KUTV News, U: Virtual Reality Treadmill Helping Spinal Cord Injury Patients This segment features the use of the Treadport for rehabilitation of patients with incomplete spinal-cord injuries.

January 15, 2010: Jake Abbott interviewed on the 'Science to go with the show' podcast accompanying the UEN-TV SciFi Friday movie Giant Spider Invasion.

featured on MDLinx.com May 1, 2009: Jake Abbott interviewed on the 'Science to go with the show' podcast accompanying the UEN-TV SciFi Friday movie The Phantom Creeps.

March 2, 2009: Ars Technica, Microscopic magnetic mimic of microbial motor made Artificial bacterial flagella featured.

March 2, 2009: The paper 'Artificial Bacterial Flagella: Fabrication and Magnetic Control,', which originally appeared in Applied Physics Letters, was chosen to appear in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 19(9).

January 13, 2009: Euronews, Honey, I shrunk the Endoscopy: the wonders of micro-medicine The swallowable modular robot project ARES, intraocular microrobots, and helical-propeller microrobots are featured.

The swallowable modular robot project ARES, intraocular microrobots, and helical-propeller microrobots are featured on Swiss TV.

December 1, 2008: Science Daily, A Surgeon You Can Swallow The swallowable modular robot project ARES is featured.

September 22, 2008: Technology Review, Building a Self-Assembling Stomach-Bot The swallowable modular robot project ARES is featured.

August 17, 2008: BBC News Click, Looking ahead to tiny technology Intraocular microrobots and helical-propeller microrobots featured.

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