Tian Qiu this summer was appointed as Cyber Valley Research Group Leader at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Qiu is now the second scientist at the University of Stuttgart to be researching under the umbrella of this unique European research cooperation. At the IFA + Summit, he will tell us about his work in “biomedical microsystems”. We asked him to tell us a little more:

I will talk about the recent advances in the fabrication and actuation of micro- and nanorobots for biomedical applications. I will first present a miniaturised endoscope that is powered wirelessly by ultrasound. I will also introduce the world’s smallest nanorobots, which are able to propel magnetically through the eye and reach the target region on the retina.

How are micro devices evolving, and how important will their role become in coming years?

Thanks to the advances of micro/nano-fabrication and wireless actuation technologies, microdevices have become smaller in size, complicated in structure and versatile in functions. This is leading to the fast development of micro-sized intelligent systems, which are able to sense, move, control and communicate at small scale.

What are some of the new applications we will be seeing?

The most promising applications lie in the biomedical eld, i.e. to use the microrobots for drug delivery, sensing or even minimally- invasive surgery inside the human body.

What excites you most about the future?

The really exciting thing is to see our microrobots really being used in the clinic and help patients for less trauma and less pain with minimally-invasive medical procedures.

Who should come to your talk?

Whoever is interested in topics of medical technologies, robotic technologies, and how AI and robotics may change the future medicine.


Date: Today, Monday 9 September 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Hall 26b, GRAND THEATRE

Photo: Tian Qiu, Cyber Valley Research Group Leader, University of Stuttgart