ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research


2022/06/16 | Events | Biomechanics

Seminar "The future of microrobots in medicine-ultrasound technology"

Cardiovascular Engineering / Urogenital Engineering External Seminar with Daniel Ahmed.

When: 16 June 2022, 14.00-15.00h
Where: 01.123, sitem-insel, Freiburgstrasse 3, 3010 Bern

Precise, accurate, and wireless controlled motion of microswimmers can create new and exciting opportunities in targeted and precise delivery of drugs or genes, transducing forces on specific cells or tissues, performing biopsies, and use in non-invasive surgery. Ultrasound is an attractive modality for controlling micro and nanorobots due to penetrating deep into tissue, not being affected by the opaque nature of animal bodies, and generating a broad range of forces. This talk will describe some of the ultrasound-based robotics systems we are currently developing at the Acoustic Robotics Systems Lab (ARSL) and their future use in medicine.

(© courtesy of Daniel Ahmed)

Daniel Ahmed currently leads the newly-built Acoustic Robotic Systems Lab (ARSL), located in the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center at ETH Zurich, and is engaged in developing innovative, cutting-edge research in micro- and nanorobotics for use in life science applications, diagnostics, and translational medicine. Daniel holds Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University (U.S.). In 2020, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant on Acousto-Magnetic Micro/Nanorobots for Biomedical Applications (SONOBOTS). In 2021, he won the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in Engineering and Technology.

Please email francesco.clavica(at) to register.