Autonomous Vehicles • Robotics
Sarah Bergbreiter joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Systems Research. Sarah brings new skills and interests to our programs and can help to bridge research in systems and control with research in microsystems and fabrication.
She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1999. After a short introduction to the challenges of sensor networks at a small startup company, she received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 with a focus on microrobotics. She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, the NSF CAREER Award in 2011, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2013 for her research on engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. She also received the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2010 for her work incorporating new materials into microrobotics.
A tsunami wave of invention is occurring in robotics, enabled by inexpensive sensors and control systems. Robots have moved out of traditional industrial manufacturing, assembly, and painting jobs, and into hospitals, roads, aerial vehicles, small businesses, and the home. How are robots used today in everyday life? When are we going to have robots as personal assistants and household servants? What are the ultimate roles for robots? Will there be a day when humans will not have to do unwanted physical activity, and everyone has a companion that responds to their needs, and acts on their desires. What are the positive and negative aspects of these developments? Uses examples of today√çs robots along with concepts of more advanced robots in development to discuss these topics from the perspective of accelerating technology and the impact of the robot revolution on occupations and society.
Robots are getting smarter, faster, more dexterous. That means they will soon be out of the lab and into our everyday lives. How will robots and your job change your life?
Mixing Microfabrication and Robotics
Microrobotics for Crisis Management