Sheffield Microrobotics Lab

Autonomy in miniature artificial life

News

  • December 2022: PhD positions with scholarship possibilities open to UK / International students for year 2023-24 are available. Please check the "PhD openings" section below for the detail.

  • November 2022: Two fully funded PhD positions open to UK / International students for year 2023-24 are available. Please check the "PhD openings" section below for the detail.

  • October 2022: Cameron, Chester, and Marco presented their work at IROS 2022 (Kyoto). Great work!

Projects

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.

[Material autonomy] 'Origami' robots with material/structure level cognition for biomedicine


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

  • Miyashita, S., Guitron, S., Li, S., and Rus D. (2017) Robotic Metamorphosis by Origami Exoskeletons, Science Robotics, 2 eaao4369.
    Link | PDF | SM

  • Miyashita, S., Guitron, S., Yoshida, K., Li, S., Damian, D. D., and Rus, D. (2016) Ingestible, Controllable, and Degradable Origami Robot for Patching Stomach Wounds, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 909-916.
    Link | Preprint PDF

  • CNN

[Mechanical intelligence] Ingestible capsule robots for autonomous in-vivo treatment


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

  • Iwasaki, H., Lefevre, F., Damian, D. D., Iwase, E., Miyashita, S. (2020) Autonomous and Reversible Adhesion Using Elastomeric Suction Cups for In-Vivo Medical Treatments, Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 2015-2022.

  • Du Plessis D'Argentr, A., Perry, S., Iwata, Y., Iwasaki, H., Will, I., Fabozzo, A., Iwase, E., Damian, D., Rus, D., Miyashita, S (2018) Programmable Medicine: Autonomous, Ingestible, Deployable Patch and Plug for Stomach Ulcer Therapy, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). pp. 1511 - 1518.
    Link | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Guitron, S., Ludersdorfer, M., Sung, C., and Rus, D. (2015) An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1490-1496.
    Link
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  • BBC

  • National Geographic

[Bio-inspired assembly] Self-assembling robots by 'mechanical reaction'


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

  • Southern EJ., Besnard V., Lahaye B., Tyrrell AM., and Miyashita S. (2019) Catalytic self-folding of 2D structures through cascading magnet reactions, Royal Society Open Science, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.182128
    Link | PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Audretsch, C., Nagy, Z., Fuchslin, R., and Pfeifer, R. (2015) Mechanical Catalysis on the Centimeter Scale. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 12: 20141271.
    Link | PDF | Movie | Sppl. Mat. | download stl files

  • Miyashita, S., Goldi, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2011) How reverse reactions influence the yield rate of stochastic self-assembly. International Journal of Robotics Research, 30, 627-641.
    Link

[Microrobots] Magnetically controlled self-reconfigurable microrobots and artificial life


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.

  • Iwata, Y., Miyashita, S., and Iwase, E. (2017) Self-rolling up micro 3D structures using temperature-responsive hydrogel sheet, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 27, 124003.
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  • Miyashita, S., Diller, E., and Sitti, M. (2013) Two-Dimensional Magnetic Micro-Module Reconfigurations Based on Inter-Modular Interactions. International Journal of Robotics Research, 32, 591-615.
    Link | Preprint PDF

Publications

  • Duffield C., Smith F. A., Rus D., Damian D., and Miyashita S. (2022) Wirelessly Magnetically Actuated Motor for Tissue Regeneration Robotic Implant, In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Kyoto Japan, pp. 465 - 471.

  • Liu J., Chen X., Lahondes Q., Esendag K., Damian D., and Miyashita S. (2022) Origami Robot Self-folding by Magnetic Induction, In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Kyoto Japan, pp. 2519 - 2525.

  • Ten J., Lahondes Q., Miyashita S., and Damian D. (2022) Development and Control of a Robotic Simulator for Peristaltic Motion, Child Health Technology (CHT2022).

  • Ten J., Lahondes Q., Miyashita S. and Damian D. (2022) Development and Control of a Robotic Simulator for Peristaltic Motion, Hamlyn symposium 2022.

  • Han J., Lahondes Q., and Miyashita S. (2022) Size Changing Soft Modules for Temperature Regulated Self-Assembly and Self-Disassembly, IEEE 5th International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft), pp. 461-466.
    https://doi.org/10.1109/RoboSoft54090.2022.9762093

  • Lahondes Q. and Miyashita S., Temperature Driven Soft Reversible Self-Folding Origami String, IEEE 5th International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft), pp. 589-594.
    https://doi.org/10.1109/RoboSoft54090.2022.9762090

  • Pontin M. et al., Development and Characterization of a Soft Valve for Automatic Fault Isolation in Inflatable Soft Robots, IEEE 5th International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft), pp. 62-67.
    https://doi.org/10.1109/RoboSoft54090.2022.9762134

  • Lahondes, Q., Wilmot, A., Miyashita, S., (2021) Origami-inspired Microrobots, In Encyclopedia of Robotics, by Ang, Khatib, Siciliano Ed., Springer, ISBN-10: 3662437694.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41610-1_195-1

  • Loftus J. T. et al., (2021) Executive summary of the artificial intelligence in surgery series, Surgery, 171(5) pp. 1435-1439.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2021.10.047

  • Sun B., Wood G., Miyashita S. (2020) Milestones for autonomous in vivo microrobots in medical applications, Surgery, 169(4), pp. 755-758.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2020.10.040

  • Duffield C., Miyashita S. (2020) Magnetic Force Driven Wireless Motor, Annual Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS2020) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 12228. Springer, Cham., pp. 409-412. Link

  • Lahondes Q., Miyashita S. (2020) Soft Hinge for Magnetically Actuated Millimetre-Size Origami, Annual Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS2020) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 12228. Springer, Cham., pp. 66-69. Link

  • Liu J., Sugiyama, H., Nakayama, T., Miyashita S. (2020) Magnetic Sensor Based Topographic Localization for Automatic Dislocation of Ingested Button Battery, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 5488 - 5494.
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA40945.2020.9196546 | Preprint PDF

  • Iwasaki, H., Lefevre, F., Damian, D. D., Iwase, E., Miyashita, S. (2020) Autonomous and Reversible Adhesion Using Elastomeric Suction Cups for In-Vivo Medical Treatments, Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 2015-2022,
    https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2020.2970633 | Preprint PDF

  • Iwasaki, H., Lefevre, F., Damian, D. D., Iwase, E., Miyashita, S. (2020) Autonomous and Reversible Adhesion Using Elastomeric Suction Cups for In-Vivo Medical Treatments, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

  • Perez-Guagnelli, E., Jones, J., Tokel, H. A., Herzig, N., Jones, B., Miyashita, S., Damian, D. D. (2020) Characterization, Simulation and Control of a Soft Helical Pneumatic Implantable Robot for Tissue Regeneration, IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, 2(1), pp.94-103
    https://doi.org/10.1109/TMRB.2020.2970308 | Preprint PDF

  • Rus, D., Miyashita, S., Damian, D. (Issued date: Dec. 11 2019) Origami robots, systems, and methods of treatment, U.S. patent No. 10470799.

  • Southern EJ., Besnard V., Lahaye B., Tyrrell AM., and Miyashita S. (2019) Catalytic self-folding of 2D structures through cascading magnet reactions, Royal Society Open Science.
    https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.182128 | PDF

  • An, B., Miyashita, S., Ong, A., Tolley, T. M., Demaine, M., Demaine, E., Wood, J. R., and Rus, D. (2018) An End-to-End Approach to Self-Folding Origami Structures. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), 34 (6), pp. 1409-1424.
    https://doi.org/10.1109/TRO.2018.2862882 | Preprint PDF

  • Yim, S., Sung, R. C., Miyashita, S., Kim, S., and Rus, D. (2018) Animatronic Soft Robots by Additive Folding, International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), 37(6), pp.611-628.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364918772023 | Preprint PDF

  • Du Plessis D'Argentr, A., Perry, S., Iwata, Y., Iwasaki, H., Will, I., Fabozzo, A., Iwase, E., Damian, D., Rus, D., Miyashita, S (2018) Programmable Medicine: Autonomous, Ingestible, Deployable Patch and Plug for Stomach Ulcer Therapy, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). pp. 1511-1518. (Acceptance rate: 41%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2018.8460615 | Preprint PDF

  • Roberto P. G. E., Nejus, S., Yan, X-Y., Miyashita, S., Liu, Y-Q., and Damian, D. (2018) Axially and Radially Expandable Modular Helical Soft Actuator for Robotic Implantables, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4297-4304 (Acceptance rate: 41%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2018.8461239 | Preprint PDF

  • Iwata, Y., Miyashita, S., and Iwase, E. (2018) Self-Rolling Up Micro Assembly Using A Temperature-Responsive Hydrogel Sheet With Rigid Plate Array The 31st IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2018), pp. 93-96 (acceptance rate of the oral presentation: 10%)
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  • Iwata, Y., Miyashita, S., and Iwase, E. (2017) Self-rolling up micro 3D structures using temperature-responsive hydrogel sheet, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 27, 124003.
    Link | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Guitron, S., Li, S., and Rus D. (2017) Robotic Metamorphosis by Origami Exoskeletons, Science Robotics, 2(10), eaao4369.
    https://doi.org/10.1126/scirobotics.aao4369 | PDF | SM | YouTube

  • Yim S., Miyashita S., Rus, D., and Kim, S. (2017) A Teleoperated Micromanipulation System Manufactured by Cut-and-Fold Techniques. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 33(2), 456-467.
    https://doi.org/10.1109/TRO.2016.2636904 | Preprint PDF

  • Sung, R. C., Lin, R., Miyashita, S., Yim, S., Kim, S., and Rus, D. (2017) Self-folded Soft Robotic Structures with Controllable Joints, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 580-587 (Acceptance rate: 41%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2017.7989072 | Preprint PDF

  • Ingham, E., Miyashita, S., and Damian, D. (2017) Elastomeric Spring Actuator Using Nylon Wires, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference (TAROS).
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64107-2

  • Thorn, A., Afacan, D., Ingham, E., Kavak, C., Miyashita, S., and Damian, D. (2017) Low-power and Low-cost Stiffness-variable Oesophageal Tissue Phantom, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference (TAROS), Springer LNCS vol.10454, pp. 343-355.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64107-2

  • Miyashita, S., Guitron, S., Yoshida, K., Li, S., Damian, D. D., and Rus, D. (2016) Ingestible, Controllable, and Degradable Origami Robot for Patching Stomach Wounds, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 909-916 (Acceptance rate: 34.7%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2016.7487222 | Preprint PDF

  • Diller, E., Sitti, M., and Miyashita, S., (Issued date: Mar. 8, 2016) Remotely Addressable Magnetic Composite Micro-Actuators, Patent no. US 9,281,112 B2.

  • Miyashita, S., Audretsch, C., Nagy, Z., Fuchslin, R., and Pfeifer, R. (2015) Mechanical Catalysis on the Centimetre Scale. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 12: 20141271.
    https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2014.1271 | PDF | Sppl. Mat. | stl files

  • Miyashita, S., DiDio, I., Ananthabhotla, I., An, B., Sung, C., Arabagi, S., and Rus, D. (2015) Folding Angle Regulation by Curved Crease Design for Self-Assembling Origami Propellers. ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 7(2), 021013.
    https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4029548 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Onal. D. C., and Rus, D. (2015) Multi-crease Self-folding by Global Heating. Journal of Artificial Life, 21(4), 398–411 (Invited).
    https://doi.org/10.1162/ARTL_a_00183 | PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Guitron, S., Ludersdorfer, M., Sung, C., and Rus, D. (2015) An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1490-1496 (Acceptance rate: 41%, Finalist of the best conference paper award).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2015.7139386 | Preprint PDF

  • Sanneman, L., Ajilo, D., DelPreto, J., Mehta, A., Miyashita, S., Poorheravi, A. N., Ramirez, C., Yim, S., Kim, S., and Rus D. (2015) A Distributed Robot Garden System, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 6120-6127 (Acceptance rate: 41%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2015.7140058 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Meeker L., Tolley, T. M., Wood, J. R., and Rus, D. (2014) Self-Folding Miniature Elastic Electric Device. The IOP Journal Smart Materials and Structures, 23 094005.
    https://doi.org/10.1088/0964-1726/23/9/094005 | Preprint PDF

  • Tolley, T. M., Felton, M. S., Miyashita, S., Aukes, D., Rus, D., and Wood, J. R. (2014) Self-Folding Origami: Shape Memory Composites Activated by Uniform Heating. The IOP Journal Smart Materials and Structures, 23, 094006.
    https://doi.org/10.1088/0964-1726/23/9/094006 | Preprint PDF

  • Damian, D. D., Miyashita, S., Aoyama, A., Cadosch, D., Huang, P-T., Amman, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2014) Automated physiological recovery of avocado plants for plant-based adaptive machines. Adaptive Behavior, 22(2), 109-122.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712313511919 | Preprint PDF

  • Fries, F., Miyashita, S., Rus, D., Pfeifer, R., and Damian, D. D.(2014) Electromagnetically Driven Soft Actuator. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics. pp. 309-314. (Acceptance rate: 59%, Best conference paper award)
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  • Miyashita, S., Meeker, L., Goldi, M., Kawahara, Y., and Rus, D. (2014) Self-Folding Printable Elastic Electric Devices: Resistor, Capacitor, and Inductor. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1446-1453, Hong Kong (Acceptance rate: 50.4%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2014.6907042 | Preprint PDF

  • An, B., Miyashita, S., Tolley, T. M., Aukes, M., Meeker, L., Demaine, D. E., Demaine, L. M., Wood, J. R., and Rus, D. (2014) An End-to-End Approach to Making Self-Folded 3D Surface Shapes by Uniform Heating. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1466-1473, Hong Kong. (Acceptance Rate: 50.4%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2014.6907042 | Preprint PDF

  • Sitti, M., Diller, E., and Miyashita, S., (2014 Aug. 14) Remotely Addressable Magnetic Composite Micro-Actuators, US Patent, Publication number US20140225694 A1, Application number US 14/180,427. Link

  • Miyashita, S., (2014) Opinions and Outlooks on Morphological Computation. chapter Molecules and Robots. ISBN: 978-3-033-04515-6.

  • Miyashita, S., Diller, E., and Sitti, M. (2013) Two-Dimensional Magnetic Micro-Module Reconfigurations Based on Inter-Modular Interactions. International Journal of Robotics Research, 32, 591-615.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364913479837 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Nakajima, K., Nagy, Z., and Pfeifer, R. (2013) Self-organized Translational Wheeling Motion in Stochastic Self-assembling Modules. Journal of Artificial Life, 19(1), 79-95.
    https://doi.org/10.1162/ARTL_a_00082 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Onal, D. C., and Rus, D. (2013) Self-pop-up Cylindrical Structure by Global Heating, In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 4065-4071, Tokyo, Japan. (Acceptance rate: 43%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2013.6696938 | Preprint PDF

  • Tolley, T. M., Felton, M. S., Miyashita, S., Xu, L., Shin B-H., Zhou, M., Rus D., and Wood J. R. (2013) Self-Folding Shape Memory Laminates for Automated Fabrication, In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 4931-4936, Tokyo, Japan (Acceptance rate: 43%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2013.6697068 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., and Rus, D. (2013) Multi-crease Self-folding by Uniform Heating. In 12th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), Taormina, Italy.

  • Tolley, M., Felton, M. S., Miyashita, S., Rus, D., and Wood J. R. (2013) Low-Cost Self-Folding Shape Memory Polymer Laminates. In ASME 2013 conference on smart materials, adaptive structures and intelligent systems (ASME-SMASIS 2013).

  • Miyashita, S. and Rus, D. (2013) Multi-crease Structures by “Baking”. In International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation, Monte Verita, Switzerland.

  • Tolley, M. T., Felton S. M., Miyashita S., Xu L., Shin B.H., Rus D., Wood R. J. (2013) Approaches To Origami-Inspired Self-Folding Of Printable Robots, In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) workshop: The Different Sizes of Small-Scale Robotics: from Nano- to Millimeter-Sized Robotic Systems and Applications.

  • Nakajima, K., Tientcheu, A., Miyashita, S., Goldi, M., Fuchslin, R., and Pfeifer, R. (2012). Morphology-Induced Collective Behaviors: Switching of Segregation Observed in Water Floating Elements, PLoS ONE. 7(6): e37805.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0037805 | PDF

  • Diller, E., Miyashita, S., and Sitti, M. (2012). Remotely Addressable Magnetic Composite Micropumps. RSC Advances. 2 (9), 3850-3856.
    https://doi.org/10.1039/C2RA01318E | Preprint PDF

  • Diller, E., Miyashita, S., and Sitti, M. (2012) Magnetic Hysteresis for Multi-State Addressable Magnetic Microrobotic Control. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Algarve, Portugal, October, pp. 2325-2331. (Acceptance rate: 45%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2012.6386010 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., and Pfeifer, R. (2011). Attributes of Two Dimensional Magnetic Self-Assembly. Adaptive Behavior. 20 (2), 117-130.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712311423983 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Goldi, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2011). How reverse reactions influence the yield rate of stochastic self-assembly. International Journal of Robotics Research, 30, 627-641.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364910393288 | Preprint PDF

  • Cadosch, D., Huang, P-T., Damian, D. D., Miyashita, S., Aoyama, A. and Pfeifer, R. (2011) Attempt on Plant Machine Interface: Towards Self-monitoring Plant Systems In IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), pp. 791-796. (Acceptance rate: 64%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSMC.2011.6083749 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S. (2011). Effect of Morphology on Scalable Self-Assembling Robots -in Pursuit of Living Artificial Systems-. Ph.D. thesis, University of Zurich.

  • Miyashita, S., Tientcheu, A., Fuchslin, R., Nakajima, K., Audretsch, C., and Pfeifer, R. (2011). Bio-Inspired Self-Organizing Robotic Systems, chapter Basic Problems in Self-Assembling Robots and a Case Study of Segregation on Tribolon Platform. pp. 173-191, Springer, ISBN: 3642207596 Link

  • Miyashita, S., Goldi, M., and Nakajima, K. (2011). Role of Morphology on Two Dimensional Magnetic Self-Assembly. In International Conference on Morphological Computation (ICMC2011).

  • Miyashita, S., Goldi, M., Audretsch, C., Fuechslin, R., and Pfeifer, R. (2010). The problems toward sub-millimeter scale self-assembling robots. In Workshop on Bio-Inspired Self-Organizing Robotic Systems, In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Anchorage, Alaska, May.

  • Miyashita, S., Casanova, F., Lungarella, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2010). Cutting Edge Robotics 2010, chapter Peltier-Based Freeze-Thaw Connector for Waterborne Self-Assembly Systems, pp. 187-198. In-Tech, ISBN: 978-953-307-062-9. Link

  • Ngouabeu, A. M. T., Miyashita, S., Fuchslin, R., Nakajima, K., Goldi, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2010) Self-organized segregation effect on self-assembling robots. In The Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Articial Life XII), pp. 232-238, Odense, Denmark.
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  • Miyashita, S., Aoyama, A., Nawa, M., Higashijima, J., Sakamoto, K., Nozoye, T., and Kobayashi, T. (2010). Hierarchical analysis on cognitive systems. In 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2010), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, January, p. 28.

  • Cadosch, D., Boller, M., Ammann, M., Damian, D. D., Miyashita, S., and Pfeifer, R. (2010). Attempt towards the cyborg-plant: Robotic response to water stress in avocados. In 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2010), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, January, p. 78.

  • Tientcheu, A., Goldi, M., Miyashita, S., Fuchslin, R., and Pfeifer, R. (2010). Achieving self-sorting in self-assembly systems. In 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2010), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, January, p. 93.

  • Goldi, M., Tientcheu, A., Miyashita, S., and Pfeifer, R. (2010). Numerical analysis of morphological influence on self-assembly robots. In 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2010), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, January, p. 92.

  • Miyashita, S. (2010). Design of a stay at a lab overseas. In The 28th Annual Conference of the Robotics Society of Japan, Nagoya, Japan.
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  • Miyashita, S., Nagy, Z., Nelson, B. J., and Pfeifer, R. (2009). The influence of shape on parallel self-assembly. Entropy, 11, 643-666.
    https://doi.org/10.3390/e11040643 | PDF

  • Nagy, Z., Miyashita, S. Muntwyler, S., Cherukuri, A. K., Abbott, J. J., Pfeifer, R., and Nelson, B. J. (2009) Morphology detection for magnetically self-assembled modular robots. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 5281-5286, St. Louis, USA. (Acceptance rate: 54%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2009.5354764 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Lungarella, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2009). Artificial Life Models in Hardware, chapter Tribolon: Water Based Self-assembly Robot, pp. 161-184. Springer, ISBN: 978-1-84882-529-1.
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  • Miyashita, S. (2009). The introduction of robotics research environment in Switzerland. In The 27th Annual Conference of the Robotics Society of Japan, Yokohama, Japan, September.
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  • Aoyama, A. and Miyashita, S. (2009). Measurement of early brain activity evoked by environmental changes. In Multimedia and Cognitive Systems Summer School, Zurich, Switzerland, June.

  • Ray, S., Miyashita, S., and Pfeifer, R. (2009). Development of a shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator for magnetic switch in water based self-assembly robots. In Multimedia and Cognitive Systems Summer School, Zurich, Switzerland, June.

  • Miyashita, S. (2009). Tribolon: Water-based self-assembly system. In International Workshop on Robotics for Young Researchers, Boston, Massachusetts, March, p. 32.

  • Labhart, N. and Miyashita, S. (2008) Adaptation of a distributed controller depending on morphology. Artificial Life and Robotics, 12, 38-42.
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  • Miyashita, S., Casanova, F., Lungarella, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2008) Peltier-based freeze-thaw connector for waterborne self-assembly systems. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Nice, France, September, pp. 1325-1330. (Acceptance rate: 48.8%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2008.4650922 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Kessler, M., and Lungarella, M. (2008). How morphology affects self-assembly in a stochastic modular robot. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Pasadena, USA. (Acceptance rate: 43.4%)
    https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBOT.2008.4543751 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Casanova, F., Lungarella, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2008). Tribolon: Water based self-assembly robot with freezing connector (movie). In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Nice, France, September. (Acceptance rate: 66.7%)

  • Miyashita, S. (2007). Morphogenesis of 3D sheets exploiting a spatial condition. Artificial Life and Robotics, 11, 139-144.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10015-006-0395-7 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S. and Murata, S. (2007). Emerging cell array based on reaction-diffusion. Artificial Life and Robotics, 11, 32-36.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10015-006-0394-8 | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S., Hadorn, M., and Hotz, P. E. (2007). Water floating self-assembling agents. In KES Symposium on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems (KES-AMSTA), Wroclaw, Poland, May. (Acceptance rate: 23.7%).

  • Miyashita, S., Hadorn, M., and Hotz, P. E. (2007). Self-assemble of water floating active units. In IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics (ICM), Kumamoto, Japan, May.

  • Miyashita, S., Hadorn, M., and Hotz, P. E. (2007). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Agent and Multi-Agent Systems: Technologies and Applications, vol. 4496/2007, chapter Water Floating Self-assembling Agents, pp. 665-674. Springer, ISBN: 978-3-540-72829-0.
    Link

  • Miyashita, S., Hadorn, M., and Hotz, P. E. (2007). Tribolon - water floating self-assembling units. In International Conference on Morphological Computation (ICMC), Venice, Italy, March.

  • Labhart, N. and Miyashita, S. (2007). Adaptation of a distributed controller depending on morphology. In International Conference on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB), Beppu, Japan, January, pp. 454-457.

  • Miyashita, S., Hadorn, M., and Hotz, P. E. (2007). Water floating active units. In Robotics and Mechatronics Conference (ROBOMEC), Akita, Japan, May, p. 112.

  • Miyashita, S. and Hotz, P. E. (2006). Morphogenetic evolution of 3D sheets exploiting a spatial constraint. In IEEE Congress on Computational Intelligence (CEC), Vancouver, Canada, July, pp. 9203-9210. (Acceptance rate: 57%).
    https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2006.1688640 | Preprint PDF

  • Labhart, N. and Miyashita, S. (2006). How morphology affects learning of a controller for movement. In International Conference on 50th Anniversary summit of AI (ASAI50), Monte-Verita, Switzerland, July.

  • Miyashita, S., Hadorn, M., and Hotz, P. E. (2006). Technical proposal for an active floating element. In International Conference on 50th Anniversary summit of AI (ASAI50), Monte-Verita, Switzerland, July.

  • Miyashita, S. (2006). Morphogenesis of 3D sheets exploiting a spatial condition. In International Conference on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB), Beppu, Japan, January, pp. 332-325.

  • Miyashita, S. and Murata, S. (2006). Emerging cell array based on reaction-diffusion. In International Conference on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB), Beppu, Japan, January, pp. 309-312.

  • Miyashita, S. and Murata, S. (2005). Topology changes enable reaction-diffusion to generate forms. In International Conference on European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL), Canterbury, England, September, pp. 159-168. (Acceptance rate: 49.3%).
    Link | Preprint PDF

  • Miyashita, S. and Murata, S. (2005). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Advances in Artificial Life, vol. 3630/2005, chapter Topology Changes Enable Reaction-Diffusion to Generate Forms, pp. 159-168. Springer, ISBN: 978-3-540-28848-0. Link

  • Miyashita, S. (2004). Emerging Network Structure based on Reaction-Diffusion. Master thesis, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

  • Miyashita, S. and Murata, S. (2004). Emergence structure based on reaction-diffusion. In Japanese Society for Science on Form, Saitama, Japan, July, vol. 19, p. 93.

PhD openings

PhD positions for year 2023/24:

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

Usually, the deadline for the application for the university/department scholarship is around the end of January. If you're interested to apply for the scholarship, please contact Dr. Miyashita in December ~ beginning of January at the latest. You may also want to check How to apply - PhD study page.

We also accept self-funded students with good grades.


Members

Shuhei Miyashita, Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Quentin Lahondes, PhD candidate
Cameron Duffield, PhD candidate
Sokratis Dimitriadis, MPhil candidate
Junyi Han, PhD candidate
Miyako Mizuna, Visiting student from Waseda U.
George Ashton, Final Year Project student
Ting Li, Final Year Project student
Josh Weston, Final Year Project student
Wenzhe Tang, Final Year Project student
Tsun Ho Woo, Final Year Project student
Vernon Yankson, Final Year Project student

Former supervised students

Xiao Chen, MSc project / visiting student at University of Sheffield, June 2021 - Nov 2022.

Zihan Zhao, MSc student at University of Sheffield, Feb. 2022 - Sep. 2022.

Jinming Yang, MSc student at University of Sheffield, Feb. 2022 - Sep. 2022.

Xuanni Luo, MSc student at University of Sheffield, Feb. 2022 - Sep. 2022.

Zhiyu Zhang, MSc student at University of Sheffield, Feb. 2022 - Sep. 2022.

Nathan Plumb, MSc student at University of Sheffield, Feb. 2022 - Sep. 2022.

Yuqi Zhang, Master of Research (MRes) student at University of Sheffield, Feb. 2022 - Sep. 2022

Kevin, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2021 - May 2021.

Dominika Kazak, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2021 - May 2021.

Mark Walter, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2021 - May 2021.

Jiangnan Du, MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2021 - Sep. 2021.

Baiqi Shu, MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2021 - Sep. 2021.

Ziying Huang, MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2021 - Sep. 2021.

Adam Toon, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2020 - May 2021.

Justin Betts, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2020 - May 2021.

Jack Davies, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2020 - May 2021.

Alfred Wilmot, PhD student at University of Sheffield, Apr. 2020 - Sep. 2021.

Bo Sun, PhD student at University of Sheffield, Feb 2020 - Apr. 2021.

Si Chen (Thomas), MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2020 - Sep. 2020.

Shengming Yang (Samuel), MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2020 - Sep. 2020.

Kailong Li (Kevin), MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2020 - Sep. 2020.

Junyi Han (Ethan), MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2020 - Sep. 2020.

Jin SJ Ten (Jarrett), intern at University of Sheffield, June 2020 - Sep. 2020.

Nihar Modi, intern at University of Sheffield, June 2020 - Sep. 2020.

Sel Aksular, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2019 - May 2020.

Olivia G Leslie, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2019 - May 2020.

Katerina Chrysostomou, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2019 - May 2020.

Georgina SC Wood, final year project student at University of Sheffield, Oct. 2019 - May 2020.

Hironari Sugiyama, intern from Nagaoka University of Technology, Aug. 2019 - Dec. 2019.

Mo Wang, MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2019 - Sep. 2019.

Jialun Liu (Chester), MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2019 - Sep. 2019.

Haoming Yang, MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2019 - Sep. 2019.

Zihao Fang, MSc project student at University of Sheffield, June 2019 - Sep. 2019.

Ping Huang, Exchange student, Waseda university, Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2019.

Lindsay Co, BEng project student at University of York, Dec. 2017 - May 2018.

Arthur Lagarce, Visiting student from ESEO, Jul. 2018 - Oct 2018.

Bastien Lahaye, visiting student from ESEO, July 2018 - Oct. 2018.

Igors Dubanevics, Laidlaw scholar at University of York, July 2018 - Sep. 2018, July 2019 - Sep. 2019.

Cecile Boudounet, visiting student from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, Apr. 2018 - June 2018.

Flavien Lefevre, visiting student from ESEO, Jan. 2018 - June 2018.

Lindsay Coe, BEng project student at University of York, Nov. 2017 - May 2018.

Haruna Iwasaki, visiting student from Waseda University, Sep. 2017 - June 2018.

Alexis Du Plessis D’Argentre, intern from ESEO, July 2017 - Dec. 2017.

Etienne Perroux, intern from ESEO, July 2017 - Dec. 2017.

Samuel Perry, intern from University of York, July 2017 - Sep. 2017.

Yoshitaka Iwata, exchange student from Waseda University, Oct. 2016 - Dec. 2016.

Emily Southern, Master student at University of York, July 2016 - Sep. 2017.

Valentin Besnard, intern from ESEO, June 2017 - Aug. 2017.

Julien Delmas, intern from 7 Tech, France, June 2017 - Aug. 2017.

Alicia Cabrera-Mino, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2015 - Aug. 2015.

Kevin A. Gonzales, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, May 2015 - Aug. 2015.

Kodiak Brush, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2015 - Aug. 2015.

Nikita Waghani, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2015 - Aug. 2015.

Andres Salgado-Bierman, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2014 - Aug. 2014.

Anna C. Leonard, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2014 - Aug. 2014.

Isabella D. DiDio, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2014 - Aug. 2014.

Paige M. Studer, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2014 - Aug. 2014.

Steven P. Guitron, summer project student (UROP) at MIT, June 2014 - Aug. 2014.

Marvin Ludersdorfer, semester project student from Technical University Munich, Mar. 2014 - May. 2014.

Ishwarya Ananthabhotla, Research project (UROP) student at MIT, Sep. 2013 - May. 2014.

Laura Meeker, Bachelor student at MIT, May 2013 - Jan. 2014.

Aubery Tientcheu, Diploma student from Technical University Munich, Oct. 2009 - Dec. 2010.

Maurice Goldi, intern at University of Zurich. July 2013 - Sep. 2013.

Maurice Goldi, Bachelor student at University of Zurich, July 2009 - Dec. 2009.

Christof Audretsch, Diploma student from University of Wuerzburg, Dec. 2008 - July 2009.

Saikat Ray, intern from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Mar. 2009 - June 2009.

Flurin Casanova, Diploma student at University of Zurich, Sep. 2007 - Mar. 2008.

Marco Kessler, Bachelor student at University of Zurich, June 2007 - Oct. 2007.

Marco Kessler, semester project student (SiROP) at University of Zurich, Mar. 2007 - May 2007.

Tobias Bannwart, semester project student (SiROP) at University of Zurich, Mar. 2007 - July 2007.

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/