Micro Robotics Laboratory


Our vision is to engineer a new class of networked centimeter and millimeter sized mobile robots. To accomplish this goal, we are working on many important aspects of this problem from microrobotic locomotion to low power and efficient actuators to novel fabrication techniques. We hope to adapt the technologies that go into these tiny robots for use in medicine, consumer electronics, and science.

Research Focus

  • Autonomous Mobile Microrobots (especially jumping, climbing, and crawling)
  • Networked Centimeter-Sized Robots
  • High-Force, Large-Displacement, Low-Power Actuators
  • Microfabrication Techniques
  • Low-power MEMS Sensors
  • Millimeter-Sized Power Sources
  • Effective and Efficient Locomotion for Sub-cm Mobile Robots
  • Any innovative research that will help us build networks of tiny robots!


The Micro Robotics Laboratory (MRL) is dedicated to the design, fabrication, and testing of microrobots and larger, centimeter-scale mobile robots and sensor networks. The laboratory occupies approximately 550 square feet divided into two separate rooms. One room is kept clean and houses the equipment required for test and measurement of microrobots and their constituent components. The second room includes a variety of electronic test and measurement equipment along with tools necessary to fabricate and program centimeter-scale robots and sensor networks.

  • Ohmano 6.5x – 45x stereomicroscope
  • Signatone S-251 probe station with Mitutoyo F50 microscope head
  • Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 high speed camera
  • Ductless fume hood for solvents
  • Tektronix TDS 1024 4-channel, 100 MHz oscilloscope
  • Tektronix ADG3021 25MHz arbitrary waveform generator
  • Various power supplies, multimeters, and other electronic components
  • Electronics prototyping and PCB assembly

In addition, we take advantage of the Maryland NanoCenter's Micro and Nano Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab)—a professionally staffed class 1000 cleanroom located in the interdisciplinary Jeong H. Kim Engineering building. This facility includes microlithography, deposition and etching equipment in addition to tools for characterizing and measuring fabricated devices.

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