Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Micro-Nano Robotics for Bio-Medical Applications


Dr Ebubekir Avci


School of Food and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Time & Place

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 15:00:00 NZST in Link 309 Lecture Theatre


Recent advances in micromanipulation have helped researchers in the bio/medical fields to make many improvements such as uncovering biological processes in small-scale, diagnosing diseases and regenerating tissues. In this talk, design, manufacturing and control of different micro-robotic mechanisms will be presented. First, design and control of a piezo actuated micro robot for cell manipulation will be described. Second, manufacturing and control of micro-mechanisms using laser light will be presented. Finally, the progress in our current Marsden Project (2018 – 2021: Optical Nano- Machines to Study Single-Molecules) will be shared.


Ebubekir (Ebu) Avci received his BSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2008, MSc and PhD degrees in robotics from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Between 2013 and 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan. Between 2014 and 2015, He was a Research Associate with the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London, UK. At the moment, he is a Lecturer in Mechatronics at Massey University, NZ. His current research interests include micro-nano robotics for bio medical applications, micro-nano manufacturing, single cell manipulation and capsule robots.