The nominating institution Max Planck Institute on the breakthrough:

Wireless, soft, miniature mobile robots, inspired by soft-bodied tiny animals, could navigate and function safely inside the human body. They could be programmed for complex and diverse capabilities never before thought possible. This includes medical device functions, like local drug delivery, fluid pumping, biopsy, and vessel clogging.

 

Tags: Engineering, Med-Tech, Robotic

Metin Sitti

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

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.

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