Metin Sitti is working on wireless miniature medical robots that can be used for local on-demand drug delivery, fluid pumping, biopsy, and vessel clogging. At Falling Walls, Sitti gave insights into his research, explained how these tiny robots function, and presented them live.
Metin Sitti has pioneered many research areas, including wireless miniature medical robots, gecko-inspired microfiber adhesives, bio-inspired miniature robots, and physical intelligence. He is a director at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany. As side academic positions, he is a professor at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, professor at Koç University in Turkey and honorary professor at University of Stuttgart in Germany. Beforehand, he was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University (2002-2014) and a research scientist at UC Berkeley (1999-2002) in USA. He is the founder of the start-up nanoGriptech, Inc. Sitti is the recipient of the ERC Advanced Grant, Rahmi Koç Science Prize, SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award and NSF CAREER Award.
Dr Adam Levy is a science journalist and climate change communicator. They have produced award winning scientific films and podcasts for publications such as Nature, Scientific American and PBS. They have a doctorate in atmospheric physics, and created ClimateAdam, a YouTube channel that makes climate change engaging and accessible. Adam has hosted interviews for Falling Walls since 2016, but this is the first year they have had the opportunity to speak with each and every winner.