A team of C2N showed the strength by winning two champion titles in international mobile microrobotics challenge held at Singapore in 2017. It was held during the international conference on robotics and automation having more than 3200 participants.
The C2N team participated in this year edition from 27 May to 2 June 2017. They participated in two competitions ("mobility/precision" and "best-in-show") and the champion titles of both events went all to the C2N team. Although the team had already won in the previous editions of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, it is the first time for the team won the double champions. Not participating in the edition of 2016, the team prepared and brought their new mobile microrobots having much smaller, more precise and more functional features to Singapore to compete with the other three teams came up to the final round. The team was led by Gilgueng Hwang (CNRS researcher) who has been working on the research activities of mobile microrobots in microfluidics at C2N. Laurent Couraud (CNRS engineer) has been working on the development of virtual reality microrobotic simulator with force feedback joystick device which was presented in the "best-in-show" competition. This system could potentially help users the operation of microrobots.
Alisier Paris (1st year PhD student) has been working on the modeling/design and control of the developed microrobots which was essential to win the "mobility/precision" competition by factor 4 higher scores than the second team. The smaller and more precise microrobots of the C2N team showed their excellent performances and advanced micro/nanotechnologies through this event. Particular thanks should be given to Dominique Decanini (CNRS research engineer) for two-photon 3D nanolithography which is essential to fabricate microrobots in the cleanroom Technology facility of C2N.
Recent rapid writing module upgrade helped to accelerate the process. The team will go forward the new technical and scientific challenges. The next year edition will held in Brisbane, Austrailia.