Sheffield Microrobotics Lab

Autonomy in miniature artificial life

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Our ultimate goal is to create miniature autonomous "life" in the form of miniature robots through the understanding of principles in nature, with the aim of broadening the possibility of robotics at a small scale. Our research interests reside in the fields of Robotics, Self-assembly, Embodied AI, Material sciences, Biomedical engineering, and Artificial Life.

Origami Robots


The project aims to develop “autonomous and cognitive smart materials” using origami robot techniques

https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS47612.2022.9981604 | Preprint PDF | YouTube

Ingestible Robots


The project aims to develop a robot that can be swallowed and conduct micro-operations inside the body.

Self-assembling Robots


The project aims to develop the next generation of manufacturing technology inspired by chemical synthesis.

Microrobots


The project aims to reduce the size of robots to the micrometre size, enabling robots to manufacture products and perform activities in the micro-world.

PhD openings

PhD positions for the year 2024/25:

If you are interested in the position, please contact shuhei.miyashita at sheffield.ac.uk.

We also accept self-funded students with good grades.




Members

Shuhei Miyashita, Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Ahmed Hafez, Postdoctoral Fellow
Junyi Han, PhD candidate
Xiao Chen, PhD candidate
Xuanni Luo, PhD candidate
Zihan Zhao, PhD candidate
Umur Harman, PhD candidate
Luke Dixon, Final Year project student
Max Lavergne, Final Year project student
Christine Fernando, Final Year project student
Oliver Hart, Final Year project student
Rathan Nidhi Kumaran Thirumalai Kumar, MSc student
Changrui Deng, MSc student

About the PI:

Growing up in Japan, Shuhei Miyashita received his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 2011 and is currently a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where he leads the Sheffield Microrobotics Lab. Before Sheffield, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at MIT (2012-2015) and Carnegie Mellon University (2011-2012), and later, a Lecturer at the University of York (2016-2018, permanent position).

Miyashita's work in `Autonomy in miniature artificial life' spans micro- and milli-robotics, rapid prototyping, and particularly ingestible origami robots for medical applications. He has been sponsored by the EPSRC (New Investigator Award), UKRI, and MRC. He also won the ROBIO Best Paper Award (2014), was a finalist for the IEEE ICRA best paper award (2015), and a finalist for the 2017 Katerva Award (referred to by Reuters as "the Nobel Prize for Sustainability"). His origami robots have been well recognised and featured by media outlets such as IEEE Spectrum (ranked 7th in "The most read automation stories of the last decade (2010-2019)" in 2020), National Geographic (one of "12 Innovations that will revolutionise medicine" in 2019), BBC (2017), CNN (2015), and have garnered over 3 million views on YouTube, among others.

Throughout his career in UK institutions, Miyashita mainly teaches Robotics and Mechatronics courses and was nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in the Digital Innovation category, where he received special commendation in 2021.

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Contact

Sheffield Microrobotics Lab.

Kroto Research Institute,
Red Hill, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S3 7HQ, UK

Department of Autonomous control and Systems Engineering

University of Sheffield

shuhei.miyashita at sheffield.ac.uk
+44 (0)114 2225662
http://shuhei.net/