The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines presents a seminar by Metin Sitti of Carnegie Mellon University. The event will be held in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Rooms 1116-1118, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. and is open to the public. Please Note: This event is scheduled on a Thursday.
Metin Sitti is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the development of micro- and nanoscale robotic and manufacturing systems for novel manufacturing, analysis, and control tools at the micro- and nanoscales by integrating robotics, nanotechnology, MEMS, and biotechnology fields. Another motivation of his research is to contribute to the understanding and controlling of adhesion and friction at the nanoscale.
In Sitti's Nanorobotics Laboratory, his research group uses a system-level approach where a micro- and nanoscale system is designed, manufactured, and controlled for a specific application in an overall perspective. The first key component of their approach is micro/nano-mechatronic design involving novel micro- and nanoscale actuators, sensors, mechanisms, and controls specific to the application. Secondly, they utilize micro/nano-physical modeling for improved understanding of the system with preliminary simulations and experimental tests. Automatic or teleoperated control and human-machine interfacing of the nano world to the macro world are also implemented for reliable and repeatable tasks. Finally, the group utilizes biomimetic principles in nature so that they may adapt smart, multifunctional, sub-optimal, and adaptive mechanisms, actuators, materials, and structures in nature to the engineering problems at the nanoscale.