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    RI Seminar: Sabine Hauert : Swarming nanobots for cancer applications

    Streaming Februaey 12, 2016

    Sabine Hauert
    Lecturer in Robotics, University of Bristol, UK

    February 12, 2016

    Abstract
    Nanoparticles for cancer applications are increasingly able to move, sense, and interact the body in a controlled fashion. The challenge is to discover how trillions of nanoparticles can work together to improve the detection and treatment of tumors. Towards this end, the field of swarm robotics offers tools and techniques to control large numbers of agents with limited capabilities. Our swarm strategies are designed in realistic simulators using bio-inspiration, machine learning and crowdsourcing (NanoDoc: http://nanodoc.org). Strategies are then translated to 1000 coin-sized robots, or to experiments under the microscope in tissue-on-a-chip devices. Lessons learned could also enable large-scale swarm deployments in outdoor applications.

    Speaker Biography
    I am a swarm engineer interested in designing large collective systems that self-organize. Swarm strategies are either inspired from nature (ant colonies and bird flocks) or are automatically designed in simulation using machine learning and crowdsourcing. Demonstrated applications include designing swarming nanoparticles for cancer treatment and deploying large aerial swarms for communication relay. In addition to engineering artificial swarm systems, I aim in the future to use automatic swarm design to understand natural self-organized systems such as those found in the brain or the immune system.

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    A new superweapon in the fight against cancer

    Published on May 6, 2016

    Cancer is a very clever, adaptable disease. To defeat it, says medical researcher and educator Paula Hammond, we need a new and powerful mode of attack. With her colleagues at MIT, Hammond engineered a nanoparticle one-hundredth the size of a human hair that can treat the most aggressive, drug-resistant cancers. Learn more about this molecular superweapon and join Hammond's quest to fight a disease that affects us all.

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    Edible electronics

    Published on Jul 13, 2016

    Would you want to swallow electronics? New research and developments might make you say... YES! Edible electronics have all sorts of potential applications and advances by researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are pushing the envelope even further. From ingestible origami robots to password pills, this week we take a look at the weird future of literal technology consumption!

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    Nano Ghosts to fight cancer Technion research breakthrough

    Published on Jul 17, 2016

    New research in Prof. Marcelle Machluf's lab in Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering.

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    New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations

    Published on Jul 21, 2016

    Scientists at EPFL and ETHZ have developed a new method for building microrobots that could be used in the body to deliver drugs and perform other medical operations.
    "Soft micromachines with programmable motility and morphology"

    by Hen-Wei Huang, Mahmut Selman Sakar, Andrew J. Petruska, Salvador Pane & Bradley J. Nelson
    July 22, 2016

    "Germ-inspired microbots shape shift to deliver drugs, unclog arteries"

    by David Szondy
    July 24, 2016

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    Ingestible sensor can measure heart and breathing rates

    Published on Nov 18, 2015

    Using technology invented at MIT, doctors may one day be able to monitor patients’ vital signs by having them swallow an ingestible electronic device that measures heart rate and breathing rate from within the gastrointestinal tract.
    "A new way to monitor vital signs"
    Ingestible sensor measures heart and breathing rates from within the digestive tract.

    by Anne Trafton
    November 18, 2015

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    Article "Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality"
    Engineers explore ways to take robotics to the limits of size and function

    by Rachel Courtland
    June 1, 2015

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    Microbots zoom around water, destroying bacteria - Headline Science

    Published on Jun 27, 2017

    One day, the tiny robot you see here could help clean up contaminated water. In places where potable sources are scarce, they can destroy disease-causing bacteria in its path and unlike conventional disinfectants, the microbots can be removed easily with a magnet.

    Scientific Consultants:
    Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez, Ph.D.
    Diana Vilela, Ph.D.


    Microbots swim and kill bacteria

    Published on Jun 28, 2017

    Researchers created “two-faced” spherical particles that can propel themselves and kill bacteria. The microbots have a magnesium side and a side with iron and gold layers, topped by silver nanoparticles. Magnesium reacts with water producing hydrogen bubbles and propelling the microbots. Bacteria stick to the gold and are killed by the silver nanoparticles. The microbots can “swim” for 15 to 20 minutes and can be removed easily with a magnet

    Credit:
    The American Chemical Society
    Microbots Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles Kill Bacteria in Aqueous Media
    Diana Vilela, Morgan M. Stanton, Jemish Parmar, and Samuel Sánchez
    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Article ASAP
    DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b03006

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    Tiny robot could swim through your blood

    Published on Jul 24, 2017

    Swarms of gold nanobots with rotating arms powered by magnetic fields could swim through the human body and deliver medicine directly where it’s needed.
    "Tiny robots swim the front crawl through your veins"

    by Leah Crane
    July 24, 2017

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