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Metin Sitti

Event Details:

Thursday, December 8, 2022
4:15pm - 5:15pm PST

Location

Bldg. 530 rm 127

Abstract.  Wireless miniature medical robots have the unique capability of precisely navigating, operating and staying inside hard-to-reach, risky, deep spaces inside our body. This talk reports our recent milli- and microscale wireless miniature medical robots that could achieve various minimally invasive medical functions, such as targeted active drug delivery, neural stimulation, clot opening, liquid biopsy, biofluid pumping, cauterization, and hyperthermia. Due to miniaturization limitations on on-board actuation, powering, sensing, computing and communication, new methods need to be introduced in creating and controlling such robots. Moreover, they need to be tracked under medical imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, fluoroscopy, photoacoustic imaging, and MRI, for their precise and safe operation. 3D microprinting and assembly-based fabrication methods and multifunctional soft composites are proposed to create novel medical milli/microrobots. Soft-bodied medical miniature robot designs enable active shape programming-based adaptive, multimodal and multifunctional navigation and functions, and safe operation. External physical forces, such as magnetic fields, acoustic waves and light, are used to actuate and steer such miniature robots wirelessly as a single robot or robot collective. These robots are aimed to save lives of more people by curing diseases not possible or hard to cure and decrease the side effects and invasiveness of disease diagnosis and treatments drastically in the near future. 

Bio: Metin Sitti is the Director of the Physical Intelligence Department at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Koç University, Turkey as side appointments, and he was a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (2002-2014) and a research scientist at UC Berkeley (1999-2002) in the USA. He received his BSc (1992) and MSc (1994) degrees from Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and PhD degree from University of Tokyo, Japan (1999). His research interests include small-scale mobile robotics, bio-inspiration, wireless medical devices, and physical intelligence. He is an IEEE Fellow. He received the Highly Cited Researcher recognition (2021, 2022), Breakthrough of the Year Award in the Falling Walls World Science Summit (2020), ERC Advanced Grant (2019), Rahmi Koç Science Medal (2018), SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award (2011), and NSF CAREER Award (2005). He received over 15 best paper and video awards at major conferences. He has supervised and mentored over 67 (26 current) PhD students and 70 (16 current) postdocs, where over 45 of his group alumni are professors around the world. He has published 2 books and over 350 journal articles, and has over 12 issued and 18 pending patents. He founded Setex Technologies Inc. to commercialize his lab’s gecko-inspired microfiber adhesive technology. He is the editor-in-chief of Progress in Biomedical Engineering and Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics and associate editor in Science Advances and Extreme Mechanics Letters journals. 

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