Special Issue "Microrobots"
A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2011)
Prof. Dr. Tim Dallas
Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering, Department of Electrical& Computer Engineering Texas Tech University, MS 3102, Lubbock, TX 79409-3102, USA
Phone: +1 806 742 3533
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Interests: microelectromechanical systems; MEMS; microactuators; microsensors; MEMS packaging; MEMS micro-positioners; stiction; nanocoatings; MEMS education
Microrobots are emerging as important tools for interacting with the macro, meso, micro, and nanoscale. They hold the promise of performing valuable operations that include remote sensing, search and rescue, exploring hazardous situations, and micromanipulation. Mobile, flying, and chip-based microrobots have all been realized with a variety of capabilities. Integrating mobility, power, communication, thinking, and sensing into these compact systems produces numerous engineering challenges. Researchers have turned to nature, especially insects and micro-organisms, for inspiration, resulting in devices that emulate these exquisite creatures. Cost considerations have pushed the field to microfabrication techniques, especially for MEMS-based systems. The field will only continue to grow as microrobots demonstrate functionality in real-world applications and as additional technological breakthroughs emerge.
In light of the wide range of technical challenges spanning numerous disciplines encountered in the field of microrobotics, it is important to publish a volume in Micromachines dedicated to microrobots. Therefore, we invite contributions from all areas of microrobotics, covering the whole range of applications. In particular we would like to have contributions that address: power, control systems, integrated sensors, autonomy, communication, mobility (terrestrial, aquatic, air-borne), micro/nano manipulation, tactile, lifetime, biomimetics, networks/swarms, fabrication, materials, cost, and deployment.
We will consider papers dealing with the latest work in the field, and reviews on all aspects of microrobots. Also, in accordance of the general policy of the journal, we invite research proposals, introducing ideas for new applications, new types of units, and new types of technologies.
Prof. Dr. Tim Dallas
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Communication: Jitterbot: A Mobile Millirobot Using Vibration Actuation
Micromachines 2011, 2(2), 295-305; doi:10.3390/mi2020295
Received: 6 May 2011; in revised form: 7 June 2011 / Accepted: 14 June 2011 / Published: 15 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (476 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 19 July 2010