SW-4-1-3: Fusion of Robotic Microassembly and Self-assembly

Dr. Quan Zhou and Ville Liimatainen, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


Microassembly at high precision and high speed is a challenging task due to the scaling down. This talk discusses our view on tackling the problem using hybrid microassembly technology that combines robotic microassembly and self-assembly. Firstly, the criteria of microassembly, namely precision, efficiency, yield, and capability, will be discussed. Then we discuss the hybrid microassembly technology in a unified view of robotic microassembly and self-assembly, breaking down to the different techniques composing the processes. Implementations of hybrid microassembly technology will be discussed, including chip stacking, 3D microassembly, mist-induced self-alignment, and assembly of RFID tags. Future challenges and potential technical paths will also be discussed.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Quan Zhou received the M.Sc degree and Dr. Tech. degree in Automation Technology, both from Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. He is an adjunct professor at the Department of Automation and Systems Technology, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland, leading the Micro- and Nanorobotics research team. Since 1995, he has worked in over 20 research projects related to micro- and nanorobotics. The current goal of his research is to bring microrobotics and self-assembly together. He is also actively working on mobile microrobots and micro- and nanomechatronic systems, and their industry and biomedical applications. Currently he is the coordinator of EU FP7 project FAB2ASM.

Ville Liimatainen is working in the group of Micro- and Nanorobotics, led by Dr. Quan Zhou, at Aalto University, Finland. His research topics have included in vivo diagnostic devices, in vivo imaging, and microrobotics for self-assembly, and current research interests are related to micro- and nanoassembly.