Currently a post doc at the AS2M department (Automatic Control and Micro-Mechatronic Systems), FEMTO-ST institute. My research interests are mainly focused on the design, development and control of microrobotic devices. My main interest is to bridge the gap between therotical aspects and experiments in order to improve the performances, precision and dexterity of microrobotic devices.

My research topics mainly include:

  • Nonlinear and robust control with applications for micromechatronic systems;

  • Design and fabrication of micro-mechatronic systems;

  • Design and fabrication of MEMS based piezoresistive sensors;

  • Design and fabrication of new microgripper for dexterous manipulation;
  • Dynamic and nonlinear modeling and control of piezoelectric actuators;

  • Modeling of micromechatronics systems;

  • Integration of sensors and actuators into microrobotic station;

  • Impedance control of robotic station;

  • Trajectory planning for micromanipulation and microassembly;
  • Automated microassembly using force/position control;

  • Develop strategies and robotic system for dexterous manipulation;


Design and fabrication of an active microgripper with sensorized end-effectors

During my PhD, a two-smart-fingers microgripper has been designed and fabricated. Each of the microgripper fingers is composed of an active piezoelectric microgripper with a piezoresistive force sensorized end-effector. The developed microgripper presents very interesting static and dynamic performances for both actuation and force sensing. The developed microgripper is shown in the following figure.



Nonlinear and dynamic control

The microscale physics has several specific effects that are mainly manifested by the predominance of contact and surface forces (van der Vaal, electrostatic and capillar forces) over volumic forces (weight), the small inertia of microsystems which causes high dynamics, the small signal-to-noise ratio, the fragility of microparts, the dependency of the environment conditions (temperature, humidity, etc) and the high nonlinearity in the active materials used for the actuation at this scale.

All these specific effects at the microscale increases the difficulty of modeling microsystems and indentifying their parameters. Thus, nonlinear and robust control approaches need to be used to compensated the model nonlinearity and uncertainity. In addition, several care needs to taken for the dynamic control in order to accurately control microsystems without breaking the microparts and to prevent unsuccessful tasks.


Automated microassembly of hybrid MOEMS

The micrassembly of hybrid MOEMS is one of our applications. The main motivation of this application is systems miniaturization which is of great interest last years for several reasons (space saving, energy saving, reduction of signal noises, favorable scale effects, etc). Clean room micromachining becomes everyday more challenging to fabricate complex MOEMS (Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems). MOEMS assembly brings a very interesting alternative because it enables to integrate together several components fabricated through several and often incompatible microfabrication processes.

The automation of microassembly enbales to increase the precision, reduce assembly time and increase the dexterity of the microassembly tasks at a scale where the human cannot sense and may even not see what is hapening. The automation by integrating sensors and cameras is necessary to successfully accomplish the tasks.

These works are performed in collaboration with the MN2S department of FEMTO-ST.

Microassembly Station