Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart site
Intelligent microrobots: the dawn of a revolution in the field of minimally invasive medicine
Hakan Ceylan; Metin Sitti
SummaryMicrorobots to the rescue! Miniature robots the size of around a single cell have the prospect of transforming medical therapy, as they are able to access enclosed spaces, making previously inaccessible body parts accessible, allowing for a minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment. However, it is difficult to construct a microrobot. Questions are: can the researchers create medical robots that decide themselves when to take action inside the body? How can they build such an autonomous, intelligent system at the sub-millimeter scale? A great challenge, that the scientists pursue with passion.