Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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. describe the fabrication, actuation, and sensing techniques in micro- and nanorobotics;

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: 12.01.2024 - 05.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course teaches micro- and nanorobotics, an interdisciplinary topic on miniaturized robots that works with microscopic objects or robots that have miniaturized bodies. The content includes physics at micro- and nano scales, fabrication methods, sensing and actuation for micro- and nanorobotics, manipulation at micro- and nano scale, mobile microrobots, and selected case studies on bio-manipulation, microassembly, miniaturized medical robot, microrobotic scientific tool, and/or exploration robots. Hands-on projects will be offered to student groups for in-depth study. This is an advanced course, so proactive actions from students are encouraged.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Home assignments and hands-on projects.

    or alternatively, by agreement, home assignments and literature review.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Home assignments (in period III) and group hands-on projects (in period IV).

    or by agreement, home assignments (in period III) and literature review (in period III or IV)

    Contact hours
    Independent study


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Handouts/lecture slides, assignment papers.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

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

Details on the schedule