Interacting micro-robots are designed, fabricated, and studied in the microengineering cleanroom laboratory as part of our MEMS effort. Current research includes studies of compliant interactions, control strategies for multiple robots, and collective behaviors, as well as materials and fabrication issues. This work is in collaboration with the Dartmouth and Duke Computer Science Departments. Control is constrained to a few classes of robots, with a number of instances of each class. Typical robots are made of silicon 60x250 microns across, and under 10 microns thick, with an average step size of 12 nanometers.
Faculty contact: Christopher G. Levey