Hui Xie

State Key Laboratory of Robotics and Systems, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


Tentative title:

Magnetic microrobot swarm: multi-mode transformation, locomotion and manipulation



Nature provides a repertoire of examples that living systems organized in a coordination manner can solve complex problems and complete a task that goes beyond individual's capabilities. This talk presents a strategy that uses alternating magnetic fields to stimulate colloidal particles into various microrobotic swarms and enable fast and reversible transformations between them. What makes more sense is that the chain is characterized by passing through confined narrow channels and the colony-like vortex can aggregate at a high density towards coordinately handling heavy loads. This reconfigurable microrobot swarm has a significant potential to investigate fundamentals in living systems and serve as a functional bio-microrobot system for biomedicine.



Hui Xie is a full professor in the State Key Laboratory of Robotics and Systems, School of Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China. In 2006, Xie received Ph.D. degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin. His current research interests include microrobotics/nanorobotics, nanomanipulation/characterization, AFM three-dimensional micro/nano CD metrology, and micro/nano swimming robots (swarms). He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Access and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.