Towards a Comprehensive and Robust Micromanipulation System with Force-Sensing and VR Capabilities

by | Jul 7, 2021

Authors: Georges Adam, Subramanian Chidambaram, Sai Swarup Reddy, Karthik Ramani, David J. Cappelleri

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In this modern world, with the increase of complexity of many technologies, especially in the micro and nanoscale, the field of robotic manipulation has tremendously grown. Microrobots and other complex microscale systems are often to laborious to fabricate using standard microfabrication techniques, therefore there is a trend towards fabricating them in parts then assembling them together, mainly using micromanipulation tools. Here, a comprehensive and robust micromanipulation platform is presented, in which four micromanipulators can be used simultaneously to perform complex tasks, providing the user with an intuitive environment. The system utilizes a vision-based force sensor to aid with manipulation tasks and it provides a safe environment for biomanipulation. Lastly, virtual reality (VR) was incorporated into the system, allowing the user to control the probes from a more intuitive standpoint and providing an immersive platform for the future of micromanipulation.

Subramanian Chidambaram

Subramanian Chidambaram

Subramanian Chidambaram is a Ph.D student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to joining the C Design lab, he obtained his Master’s from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics also from Purdue and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. His current research interest involves exploring Human-Computer Interactions and Digital interface development for Augmented Reality (AR), embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in AR interface development, Skill transfer through AR, tangible interfaces and geometric modeling. In the past, he has also conducted research on developing tools that guide novices to design analyze and fabricate functional load-bearing structures.