ICRA 2012 Paper Abstract


Paper WeD07.1

Ishii, Kelly Ann (University of Hawai`i at Mānoa), Hu, Wenqi (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Ohta, Aaron (University of Hawai`i at Mānoa)

Cooperative Micromanipulation Using Optically Controlled Bubble Microrobots

Scheduled for presentation during the Invited Session "Results of ICRA 2011 Robot Challenge" (WeD07), Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 16:30−16:45, Meeting Room 7 (Remnicha)

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 14-18, 2012, RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on June 18, 2018

Keywords Micro/Nano Robots, Parallel Robots, Medical Robots and Systems


Optically actuated bubbles in oil were used as microrobots. Simulations of the thermocapillary fluid flow within the oil phase are used to illustrate the mechanisms driving the bubble actuation. Parallel manipulation of sub-millimeter objects including glass beads and hydrogel beads was demonstrated. These capabilities show the potential for using the bubble microrobots in biomedical or other microassembly applications.



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