MicroRobotics and NanoMedicine
While the futuristic vision of micro and nanorobotics is of intelligent machines that navigate throughout our bodies searching for and destroying disease, we have a long way to go to get there. Progress is being made, though, and the past decade has seen impressive advances in the fabrication, powering, and control of tiny motile devices. Much of our work focuses on creating systems for controlling micro and nanorobots as well as pursuing applications of these devices. As systems such as these enter clinical trials, and as commercial applications of this new technology are realized, radically new therapies and uses will result that have yet to be envisioned.
Brad Nelson received mechanical engineering degrees from the University of Illinois (B.S. 1984) and the University of Minnesota (M.S. 1987), and a Ph.D. in Robotics (School of Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University (1995). Prof. Nelson has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Chicago, has worked at Motorola and Honeywell, and has served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Africa. He is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich and heads the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS).