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Daniel Contreras, Ph.D. 2018

Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Pister
Research Interests: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), microrobotics

BIOGRAPHY
Completed his B.A. in physics at Pomona College in 2009. While in undergrad, he performed research working on an astronomical adaptive optics system, focusing on instrumentation. Currently he is pursuing a PhD at Berkeley focusing on MEMS, working under Kristofer Pister on a project involving microrobotics and the implementation of mobile sensor networks.

Autonomous Microrobotic Systems [BPN735]
Recent advances in MEMS technology have enabled a new generation of microrobotic
engineering applications. This project aims at developing micro-scale actuation and
transduction mechanisms for mobility. Currently, electrostatic inchworm motors in conjunction
with microfabricated leg linkages are being investigated for walking while atmospheric ion
thrusters are investigated for flying. A motivation behind this research is the development of
truly mobile, high resolution, and autonomous sensor networks. One of the key elements towards
autonomy is the fusion of these mobility mechanisms with energy harvesting capabilities,
including high-voltage solar arrays. In addition, ultra-low power control and communications
platforms must be designed with the constraints of a microrobotic system in mind.


Current Active Projects:
BPN735
 

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