Physical Intelligence (Metin Sitti)
The Physical Intelligence Department recently formed by Metin Sitti aims to understand the principles of design, locomotion, perception, learning, and control of single and large number of small-scale mobile robots made of smart and soft materials.
Intelligence of such robots would mainly come from their physical design, material, processing, adaptation, and self-organization more than or in addition to their computational intelligence. Such physical intelligence methods are essential for small-scale milli- and micro-robots especially due to their inherently limited on-board computation, actuation, powering, perception, and control capabilities. Such novel small-scale robotic systems would have high impact applications in health-care, bioengineering, manufacturing, inspection, and environmental monitoring.