Medical Robotics for Cell Surgery

Date: February 9, 2023, 4:00–5:00 PM
Location: Annenberg 105
Speaker: Yu Sun, Professor Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, with joint appointments in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electical and Computer Engineering,, and Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

Yu Sun

The capability of manipulating micro and nanometer-sized objects, such as cells and nanomaterials opens new frontiers in robotic surgery, disease diagnostics, industrial applications and enables new discoveries in many disciplines such as biology, medicine, and materials science. The field of micro-nanorobotics involves the design and construction of robotic agents that are micro-nanometer sized and robotic manipulation of objects with dimensions in the micrometer and nanometer ranges. The past decades have witnessed spurred development of micro-nanorobotic systems and technologies with common hallmarks of precision instrumentation, sensing, actuation, and control. This talk will begin with a brief review of the evolution of the robotic micromanipulation field, followed by an overview of challenges, opportunities, and recent advances made in this field. Examples of robotic cell manipulation systems for clinical surgery and drug screen will be given; sub-micrometer position control and sub-nanoNewton force control for realizing 3D intracellular and intra-tissue manipulation and measurement will be introduced; and mechanical nanosurgery of chemoresistant tumors will be discussed.



Yu Sun

Professor Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, with jroint appointments in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electical and Computer Engineering,, and Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

Yu Sun is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with joint appointments in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is a Tier I Canada Research Chair and was the founding Director of the UofT Robotics Institute. His lab specializes in developing innovative technologies and instruments for manipulating and characterizing cells, molecules, and nanomaterials. He is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of The Academy of Science of Royal Society of Canada (RSC), and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He was also elected Fellow of IEEE, ASME, AIMBE, AAAS, NAI, CSME, and EIC for his work on micro-nano robotic systems and devices.

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