IEEE ICMA 2017 Conference

Plenary Talk II

Micro-nano Mechatronics for Multiscale Interactions in the Physical World

Fumihito Arai, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Dept. of Micro-Nano Mechanical Science & Engineering
Institute of Innovation for Future Society
Director of Center for Micro-nano Mechatronics
Nagoya University
E-mail: arai@mech.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Interactions in the physical world occur in several cases, such as mechanical interactions in the caregiving tasks, in the biosignal sensing of human, in the mechanical sensing of biological small objects, as well as chemical interactions between cells in culturing, and so on. Measurement of interaction with the environment is quite important for the progress of science and technology. However, the scale of interaction extends over the multi-scale. For example, to measure the force acting on the human motion, we should consider the maximum force over 500 N. On the other hand, reaction force by the blood pressure is less than 1N. Furthermore, for the investigation of mechanical property of cells, reaction force of the single cell is less than 1uN. Since the size of the object is small, fine space resolution is needed as well as fine force resolution. It is quite challenging to measure several interactions over the multi-scale. To meet a variety of demands in measuring several interactions in the physical world, Micro-nano Mechatronics is quite important. In this talk, several sensing technologies will be addressed based on the micro-nano fabrication technology. Especially, force sensing in the multiscale range will be addressed, such as a wide range force sensor using Quartz Crystal Resonator(QCR), QCR force sensor probe, and vision based fine force sensing using moiré fringe. Moreover, recent progress on in-process environmental measurement using fluorescent dye will be shown with application examples in tissue engineering.

Prof. Fumihito Arai is a Professor in the Dept. of Micro-Nano Mechanical Science & Engineering at Nagoya University. He received Master of Eng. degree from Tokyo Univ. of Science in 1988. He received Dr. of Eng. from Nagoya University in 1993. Since 1994, he was an Assistant Professor of Nagoya University. Since 2005, he was a Professor of Tohoku University. Since 2010, he has been a Professor of Nagoya University. Since 2013, he has been a Director of Center for Micro-nano Mechatronics, Nagoya University. Since 2014, he has been a Professor of Institute of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University. He was Invited Visiting Professor of Seoul National University, Korea from 2009 to 2012. He was Visiting Professor of University of Tokyo, Japan from 2011 to 2014. He is mainly engaging in the research fields of micro- and nano-robotics and its application to the micro- and nano-assembly, cell manipulation, and sensing & analysis, MEMS, Bio-Robotics, and intelligent robotic systems. He is the author of 345 journal papers exclusive of conference papers. He received 77 awards on his research activities, for example, Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 2000 and Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA2012. Currently, he is the Vice President for Technical Activities, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society since 2014 (until 2017). Additional information: http://www.biorobotics.mech.nagoya-u.ac.jp/index_e.html

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