Bioinspired milli-scale magnetic soft robots for biomedical application
Magnetic actuation has the advantages of requiring no on-board power source, untethered control and easy “programmability”. Our aim to harness the advantages of magnetism and develop small-scale soft robots for potential applications in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This project aims to move these robots closer to clinical application by introducing medically-relevant functionality through innovative design, fabrication and control.
Project: The aim of this work is to develop functional untethered soft robots for minimally invasive surgery. Magnetic actuation will be used for controlling the soft robots. The project will involve the use of innovative design and fabrication techniques. Control strategies will be developed based motion analysis, using calculations and simulations to back up the proposed methodology. Experimental testing of specimens will be conducted using existing magnetic actuation setups to demonstrate clinical feasibility.