- Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
About Metin Sitti
Prof. Dr. Metin Sitti is the director of the Physical Intelligence Department at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany since 2014. As academic positions, he is a professor in Institute for Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and professor in School of Medicine and College of Engineering at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He was a professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (2002-2014) and a research scientist and lecturer in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California at Berkeley, USA (1999-2002). He received PhD degree (1999) in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has pioneered many research areas, including wireless miniature medical soft robots, gecko-inspired microfiber adhesives, bio-inspired miniature robots, and physical intelligence. He is an IEEE Fellow. As selected awards, he received Breakthrough of the Year Award in Engineering and Technology Category in Falling Walls World Science Summit (2020), ERC Advanced Grant (2019), Rahmi Koç Medal of Science (2018), Best Paper Award in Robotics Science and Systems Conference (2019), SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award (2011), and NSF CAREER Award (2005). He is the editor-in-chief of both Progress in Biomedical Engineering and Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics journals, and an associate editor of both Science Advances and Extreme Mechanics Letters journals. He has published 2 books and over 460 peer-reviewed papers, over 310 of which have appeared in archival journals. He has given over 220 invited keynote, plenary or distinguished seminars in universities, conferences and industry. He has over 12 issued patents and over 16 pending patents. He founded a startup (nanoGriptech Inc.) in Pittsburgh, USA in 2012 to commercialize his lab’s gecko-inspired microfiber adhesive technology as a new disruptive adhesive material (branded as Setex®) for a wide range of industrial applications.
Our team has achieved an important milestone towards creating complex shape-programmable miniature devices using liquid crystal elastomer structures with complex 3D geometry and molecular alignment capability recently.