Advances in biology and medicine require enabling technologies for the manipulation and characterization of tissues, single cells, and even sub-cellular structures. The past decade has witnessed significant progress in the area of micro-robotics for biomedical applications such as single-cell manipulation and minimally invasive surgery.
This talk will introduce a new search and detection method for automatically locating end-effector tips; vision-based contact detection algorithms, and acoustic manipulation techniques. This talk will present microrobotic systems integrating these techniques as well as visual servo controls for high-throughput microinjection of cardiomyocytes in cardiovascular drug testing and for automated cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos in IVF clinics. Future research directions including AR-assisted surgery and personalized healthcare will also be discussed.