Interested in joining the group?
  • PhD studentship available for year 2017 on 
    • Self-Assembling Milli/Micro-Robots
    • Micro/Milli- Self-reconfigurable Robot Design and Control
    • Meta-Molecule Self-Assembly
  • MEng/MSc student for year 2016/17 on 
    • Microrobot Control, Development, and Simulation
  • Internship for year 2017 on 
    • Milli-Origami Robot Simulation and Development
    • Self-Reconfigurable Systems Design

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Our research pursuit has been dedicated to formal understanding of synthesizing artificial compounds in non-molecular domains, seeking a novel manufacturing method of elecromechanical devices. 

Self-Assembling Origami Robots 
(University of York, MIT, 2012-present, NSF grants 1240383 and 1138967)

This project demonstrates a new approach to configure a miniature origami robot that folds up on the spot, accomplishes tasks, and disappears by degradation. 
  • 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.
    LinkPreprint PDF (2M)
  • 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, Seattle, USA
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  • 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 PropellersASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics. 
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  • Miyashita, S., Meeker L., Tolley, T. M., Wood, J. R., and Rus, D. (2014) Self-Folding Miniature Elastic Electric DeviceThe IOP Journal Smart Materials and Structures23 094005, doi:10.1088/0964-1726/23/9/094005. 
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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. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1446-1453, Hong Kong.
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  • Miyashita, S., Onal, D. C., and Rus, D. (2013) Self-pop-up Cylindrical Structure by Global Heating, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 4065-4071, Tokyo, Japan.

Self-Assembling Micro/Milli Robots
(Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-2012, Swiss NSF Grant PBZHP2-133472)

In this project, we realized magnet based self-assembly micro-robots. We developed a remotely-applicable magnetic switch mechanism and realized targeted reconfiguration with four floating micro-modules. By using multiple magnetic materials, we achieve differential inter-modular interactions, regulated by externally applied magnetic fields. The technique features both molecular-inspired bottom-up approach and top-down engineering control approach.
  • Miyashita, S., Diller, E., and Sitti, M. (2013) Two-Dimensional Magnetic Micro-Module Reconfigurations Based on Inter-Modular InteractionsInternational Journal of Robotics Research, 32, 591-615. 
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  • Diller, E., Miyashita, S., and Sitti, M. (2012). Wirelessly Addressable Magnetic Composite MicropumpsRSC Advances. 2 (9), 3850-3856.  
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  • Diller, E., Miyashita, S., and Sitti, M., Magnetic Hysteresis for Multi-State Addressable Magnetic Microrobotic Control. (2012) In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Algarve, Portugal, October, pp. 2325-2331. (Acceptance rate: 45%). 
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Tribolon: Scalable Self-Assembling Robot 
(University of Zurich, 2005-2010, Swiss NSF Grants 200021-105634 and 200020-118117). 

The goal of this project is to design "mechanical reactions" with non-molecular entities. The paper (J. Royal Soc. Interface) presents that "catalysis is possible with a non-molecular entity", also addressing the design principle.
  • 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. 
    LinkPDF | Movie | Sppl. Mat. | download stl files
  • 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., 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. 
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  • Miyashita, S., Casanova, F., Lungarella, M., and Pfeifer, R. (2008) Peltier-Based Freeze-Thaw Connector for Waterborne Self-Assembly Systems. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 1325-1330. 
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    The brief overview of the project can be watched at: 

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