The focus of this research cluster is to study the motion control and path planning of multiple magnetic microrobots under the influence of controlled magnetic field and using image guidance. The focus will also be on the investigation of the interactions between the microrobots and visco-elastic environment and Newtonian fluids to mimic the process of targeted drug delivery in tissue and blood. Another research scope for the cluster, is multi-agent planning mainly involving the RoboCup Rescue project that was established in 2001. The Rescue Simulation provides a broad test bench for many algorithms and approaches in the field of Artificial intelligence. The simulation models an earthquake in an urban center presented in the form of a map. The simulated earthquake causes building to collapse, roads to be blocked, fires ignitions, and civilians to be trapped and buried inside collapsed buildings. Typically, specialized rescuing forces would be needed for damage control. A wide bench of research and application of different techniques and strategies would be needed to solve a multi-agent planning optimization problem such as the rescue problem.

Grants:
Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetic Microrobots for Cancer Detection and Treatment (Budget of 30,000 USD)
Design and Application of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) as Drug Delivery Vehicles (Budget of 20,000 Euro)

Research Topics & Projects


Control of Multiple Magnetic Microrobots with Applications Towards Targeted Therapy

This project investigates the targeted drug delivery using cluster of nano-particles through gelatin and a fluid with low Reynolds number. The control is done using an electromagnetic-based robotic system that consists of a needle insertion mechanism and an array of electromagnetic coils.

Grabts: Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetic Microrobots for Cancer Detection and Treatment (Budget of 30,000 USD)

Rescue agents task planning optimization using constraint based approaches and learning techniques.

The work of this project mainly focuses on optimizing rescue agents planning using different approaches and techniques. One part of the project was proposing a new constraint-based approach for coordination and planning multi-agent systems. Coordination is done through clustering the map into several Overlapping maps each with a different group of agents assigned to it. The planning component is carried out through the use of constraint programming technology to calculate the best routes the agents should take in their assigned regions. Another part of the project was optimizing the planning of the

Bilateral Tele-Manipulation of Microagents

This project studies the tele-manipulation of microagents using haptic devices between the German University in Cairo (GUC) and the United States Naval Academy (USNA). The tele-manipulation system consists of a master-device (pantograph mechanism) at the GUC, and a slave-device (an electromagnetic system ) at the USNA.

Grants: Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetic Microrobots for Cancer Detection and Treatment (Budget of 30,000 USD)

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