SW-4-4-5: Microassembly through Global Control Selective Response (GCSR) : Controlling Many Robots Through a Single, Global Control Signal

Dr. Igor Paprotny, University of California Berkeley, USA

Prof. Bruce Donald, Duke University, USA


Engineering microrobots to respond differently to various parts of a global control signal allows us to independently control many microrobots. Such "designed differentiation" is at the heart of the concept we call Global Control Selective Response (GCSR). In this talk, we show how GCSR can be applied to controlling a group of microrobots to assemble into planar shapes, and discuss how GCSR can be used to control future multi-microrobotic systems and applications. 

Speaker Biography

Dr. Igor Paprotny is currently a scientist at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) at U.C. Berkeley where he is involved in applying MEMS technologies to distributed self-powered microsensors for the Smart Grid, microrobotics, and pollution monitoring using air microfluidics. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College while part time in-residence at the Department of Computer Science at Duke University. He has over 3 years of professional experience in the semiconductor industry where he was involved in designing automated material handling systems for semiconductor factories. His research interests include MEMS Smart Grid sensors and energy scavengers, MEMS micro- and nano-robotic systems, air microfluidics, as well as applications of MEMS to alternative computing paradigms.

Professor Bruce Donald is the William and Sue Gross Professor of Computer Science at Duke University, and Professor of Biochemistry in the Duke University Medical Center. He was a professor in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University from 1987-1998. Donald received a B.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from MIT. He has been a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on algorithms for structural proteomics. Donald is a Fellow of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE.