IEEE ICMA 2019 Conference
Keynote Speech

Biological Cell Surgery Automation

James K. Mills, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
E-mail: mills@mie.utoronto.ca

Interest has grown rapidly over the last decade in biological research and clinical applications involving manipulation and processing of single cells. In research labs a variety of single cell processes are routinely conducted including removal of cell organelles, transfer of RNA, DNA and proteins into the cell and removal of human embryonic cells formed during cell cleavage, amongst others. Currently, much of this cell processing work is carried out manually by highly skilled technicians. This presentation summarizes some of our recent work directed towards the automation of biological micro-scale tasks using robotic technology. The work presented will address control and automation methods utilized to achieve automation of single cell surgery sub-tasks as well as other cell processing automation methods.

Prof. James K. Mills is with Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He received the PhD in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in robotic control. His recent research interests include: 3D MEMS robotic assembly, meso-scale machine design, control and automation of micro-scale biological tasks. He has published over 450 papers. He has been an Invited Visiting Professor at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Bangalore, India, a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University, Hong Kong.

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