SW-4-3-1: On-chip Robotics in Medicine and Life Sciences

Prof. Fumihito Arai, Nagoya University, Japan


We have studied on robotic technology on a microfluidic chip. Our concept is based on micro-nano robots or tools being put in the microchannel, where they are actuated and manipulated for works such as sensing, handling, and surgery. In this talk, our recent research works on On-chip Robotics will provide allowing for: i) Precise positioning method of magnetically driven microtool (MMT) and high-speed cell enucleation using dual-arm MMT and ii) Active enrichment of influenza  virus using insulated dielectrophoresis (DEP), and transport of single virus to a specific cell by optical tweezers. Further more, technical issues and future direction for applications in medicine and life sciences will be discussed.

Speaker Biography

Fumihito Arai received the Master of Eng. degree from the Tokyo Univ. of Science in 1988. He joined Nagoya University, Japan in 1989 as Research Associate. He received Dr. of Eng. from Nagoya University in 1993. Since 1998, he was Associate Professor of Department of Micro System Eng., Nagoya University. Since 2005, he is Professor of Department of Bioengineering and Robotics, Tohoku University. Since 2010, he is Professor of Nagoya University, mainly engaging in the research fields of micro- and nano-robotics and its application to the micro- and nano-assembly and cell manipulation, bio-automation systems, medical robotic systems, Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems, intelligent robotic systems.