Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2019 - 12.04.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Responsible Lecturer
–Prof. Quan Zhou
–Dr. Jean-Antoine Seon, M.Sc. Kourosh Latifi, Artur Kopitca
Contact emails:

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV (spring) 2018-2019
III-IV (spring) 2019-2020

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, a student can

1. explain the working principle of major micro- and nano robotic systems for different applications;

2. understand the physics of micro- and nano scale locomotion and interaction;

3. choose micro- and nano actuation techniques;

4. apply micro- and nano robotic manipulation systems for certain applications;

5. program and control micro- and nano robotic systems and

6. analyze and evaluate specific micro- and nano robotic implementations.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course teaches micro- and nanorobotics, an interdisciplinary topic on miniaturized robots that works with microscopic objects or the robots have miniaturized bodies. The content includes: physics at micro- and nano scale, sensing and actuation for micro- and nanorobotics, locomotion and energy, manipulation at micro- and nano scale, perception and automation, and selected case studies on bio-manipulation, microassembly, miniaturized medical robot, microrobotic scientific tool, and/or exploration robots. A list of project topics will be offered to student groups for in-depth study of selected topics.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student can complete the course in different ways. The final grade will be based on the total points of the learning activities the student participates, including learning diary, home assignments, and group project work including hands-on sessions. It is not mandatory that the student should participate any or all the learning activities.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The evaluation is based on a point-based system. Please check the details from the slides of the introduction lecture.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Selectable learning activities including contact session and learning diary, home assignments, and group project work including hands-on sessions.

Contact hours: 18 + (4) h
Independent study: 108 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Handout/lecture slides, assignment papers.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic programming skills e.g. MATLAB; basic course in automation

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

language class 3: English

The number of students is limited to 40, the students will be accepted in the order of registration.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

  • CW1 (11.01.2019): Introduction
  • CW2 (18.01.2019): Scaling and physics, (publication of topics)
  • CW3(25.01.2019): Actuators, (deadline for selection of topics)
  • CW4 (01.02.2019): Mobile microrobots 
  • CW5 (08.02.2019): Micromanipulation
  • CW6 (15.02.2019): Automation
  • CW7 (22.02.2019): Mid-course feedback [compulsory for survey/design]
  • CW8 (01.03.2019): Introduction to hands-on projects
  • CW9 – 10 (04.03-15.03.2019): hands-on projects
  • CW11 (24.03.2019): hands-on projects report deadline
  • CW12 (29.03.2019): Peer evaluation session for hands-on projects [compulsory]
  • CW13:(05.04.2019): Final report deadline of survey and design work
  • CW14-15: Final feedback


Registration and further information