The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) is located in Pontedera (Pisa) and it is part of the network of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) whose headquarters are in Genova. CMBR began its scientific activity at the end of 2009, with the aim to perform advanced research and to develop innovative methodologies, robotic technologies, new materials, and advanced components at the micro/mesoscale.
The micro/mesoscale domain shows dramatic potential for giving rise to new science and new technology, and for offering innovative engineering solutions to many practical application issues. Artefacts can be developed by observing, analyzing and modeling phenomena and strategies used by living creatures in order to achieve motion and propulsion, and to efficiently and adaptively interact with the environment.
Bio-inspired approaches can help to develop robots that are more suitable for unstructured environments than today's robots. These robots, implementing solutions inspired by Nature, show better performance in terms of reactivity, adaptability, flexibility, and more compliant mechanisms. "Bio" means also technological solutions oriented to biomedical applications, such as functionalized nanofilms and robotic devices for drug delivery, therapy, and diagnosis, as well as to environmental monitoring, e.g. plant-inspired robots for soil exploration.The CMBR scientific activities are carried out within the Robotics and the Smart Materials Platforms.