Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.01.2021 - 09.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Quan Zhou

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Quan Zhou

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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. This is an advanced course, so proactive actions from students including proposing topics for in-depth study are encouraged. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handout/lecture slides, assignment papers.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

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