DGIST-ETH Microrobotics Research Center (DEMRC) was initially established for global collaboration on microrobot research between DGIST and ETH Zurich. DEMRC plans to expand collaborations with other domestic and international institutes. DEMRC has several government-funded research projects including a major robotics project on industrial core technology development funded by the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technologies (KEIT) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), Korea. The center will pursue the project by developing new medical microrobots and minimally invasive treatment technologies to cure chronic arterial occlusion with blocked arteries. Furthermore, the center plans to develop core technology of microrobots such as two and three-dimensional medical imaging, remote robot control for minimal exposure to radiation and efficient chronic arterial occlusion treatment.
- Micro/nano manipulation & control
- Magnetic control systems
- Piezoelectric micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS)
- Materials for biomedical applications
- Medical imaging and surgical navigation
Our research focus is on Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nano- Electromechanical Systems (NEMS) for robotics and biomedicine. Current research activities in our group include micro-robots, micro/nano manipulation, acoustic MEMS transducers, brain-machine interfaces, and microfluidics devices. Potential applications for those research areas include minimally-invasive surgery, drug/cell transportation within the human body, neural prostheses for artificial sensory systems, medical communication, and ultrasonic medical imaging.