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LATEST NEWS
  • 04/2017 Elvin Muñoz started his studies in Japan with a Japanese scholarship! Congrats Elvin!
  • 07/2017 Elvin’s paper on robotic micromanipulation won the Best Student Paper Award at MARSS 2017! Congrats Elvin.
  • 08/2017 Johan Quispe defended his undergraduate thesis on Microfluidic manipulation with the highest honors! Congrats Johan.
  • 09/2017 Johan Quispe started his MSc studies in Robotics at Pierre et Marie Curie University with a French-Peruvian scholarship!
  • 10/2017 Etsel and Juan introduced Soft Robotics field for biomedical applications in the fair Perú con Ciencia representing UPCH!
  • 10/2017 Emir gave a talk on MicroRobotics and Micromanipulation at CTIC-UNI supporting the team Killa Lab.
  • 01/2018 Emir gave a talk about soft and flexible robotics for medical aplications at Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño San Borja. 1era Jornada de Innovación.
  • 01/2018 Etsel's work on soft actuators for wearable biomedical applications was accepted for oral presentation at IEEE ICRA 2018! Congrats Etsel!

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ABOUT US

Welcome to the Micro&BioRobotics Laboratory, MaBLab. Our efforts are focused on developing soft, flexible, compliant robots and mechatronic systems for rehabilitation, therapy and movement augmentation. The understanding of human biomechanics is crucial before designing such biorobotic systems, so our team is involved with teaching Biomechanics, Biomechatronic systems design and Rehabilitation Engineering courses within the Biomedical Engineering Program. So, why Soft Robotics? This technology is growing very fast as it is more suitable for human-machine interactions due to soft materials inherent properties such as softness, compliance, light weight, safety and hyperelasticity; they match better human skin and muscles mechanical properties. For instance, soft wearable devices can arise working in a more comfortable manner and safety. Thus, our team is currently working with physicians and medical doctors in this field to develop innovative solutions meeting real Peruvian medical needs.
Our second research line is related to robotic micromanipulation of biological objects to better understand their mechanical behavior, properties and develop applications in the biomedical field. To this end, different actuation and sensing principles are studied and developed considering the microscale effects and environment conditions.
As a multidisciplinary field, physics, materials science, biomechanics, mechanical design, manufacturing and control theory are key areas to achieve our research. 

 
RESEARCH
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    Soft Robotics

    We are developing soft robotics solutions for biomedical applications such as rehabilitation and haptic soft devices for enhancing upper limb prostheses. Additionally, we are exploring and studying fabric and other flexible and compliant materials to continue designing innovative and dedicating systems.

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    MicroRobotics

    We have designed a robotic platform for micromanipulation based on the generation of thermocapillary flows in thin liquid layers. This technology has the advantage of manipulating a wide variety of microscopic objects (10 up to 200 microns) regardless of their geometrical shape and material composition, high speed and accuracy is achieved. Other physical principles are being investigated according to the micro-object properties and environment.

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    Instructional Materials for STEM education

    We are committed to bring soft robotics technology developed in our lab to children to help in their education. To this end, we carry out workshops with secondary level students (11 -16 years old) showing how to design soft robots with local low-cost materials. We are currently working with the Harvard Biodesign lab through the www.softroboticstoolkit.com community to contribute in STEM education.

 
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MEMBERS
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Emir Vela

Professor and Head of MaBLab, School of Engineering - UPCH
Since my childhood I loved building things from scratch, and that is reflected in our lab; we build robotic and mechatronic systems from scratch to meet needs.This is supported with my solid background in Microengineering (MSc and BSc) from l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL, Switzerland. Then, I pursued doctoral studies in robotic micromanipulation within the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at Pierre et Marie Curie University and the French Atomic Energy Commission that granted me a scholarship. In Peru, I started developing robotic devices for rehabilitation and therapy, by using soft and compliant materials, due to the increasing need in this field and the desire to help improving people’s quality of living. So, my research interests are Biomechanics, BioRobotics, Sensors, Actuators and Microrobotics for biomedical applications. I am also a research professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, USA.
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    Etsel Suárez

    Research fellow
    BSc in Mechatronics Engineering, UNI. He is working on a fabric-based robotic device for therapy.
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    Juan Huaroto

    Research fellow
    BSc in Mechanical Engineering, UNI. He is working on soft haptic devices for enhancing prostheses functionalities.
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    Robert Ccorahua

    Research Fellow
    MSc Materials Science PUCP. He is working on flexible nanosensors.
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    Carlos Vásquez

    Undergrad student
    BSc in Biomedical Engineering, PUCP-UPCH. He is working on soft low-cost sensors for STEM and Biomechanics measurements.
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    Victor Ticllacuri

    Undergrad student
    BSc in Biomedical Engineering, PUCP-UPCH. He is working on modelling of soft haptic devices.
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ALUMNI
Alberto Reymundo, UTEC Mechanical Engineer
Elvin Muñoz, UNI Physics Engineer
Johan Quispe, UNI Physics Engineer
Jean Inga, UTEC Industrial Engineer
Marielena Velasco, UNI Physics Engineering
Mijail Mendoza, UTEC Mechanical Engineering student 

 
PUBLICATIONS

See also my google scholar profile

Journal Articles

The Soft Robotics Toolkit: Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles to the Wide Dissemination of Soft-Robotic Hardware. 2017
DP Holland, C Abah, M Velasco-Enriquez, M Herman, GJ Bennett, E. Vela and C. Walsh.
IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 24 (1), 57-64

Optimizing the speed of single infrared-laser-induced thermocapillary flows micromanipulation by using design of experiments. 2017
E Muñoz, J Quispe, P Lambert, A Bolopion, R Terrazas, S Régnier, E Vela
Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, 1-8

Exploiting the transient behavior of thermocapillary convection flows to enhance non-contact mesoscale manipulation. 2016
J Quispe, E Muñoz, E Vela
Applied Physics Letters 109 (12), 124102

Contactless automated manipulation of mesoscale objects using opto-fluidic actuation and visual servoing. 2014.
E Vela, M Hafez, S Régnier
Review of Scientific Instruments 85 (5), 055107

Laser-induced thermocapillary convection for mesoscale manipulation. 2009.
E Vela, M Hafez, S Régnier
International Journal of Optomechatronics 3 (4), 289-302

Micro-hotplates on polyimide for sensors and actuators.2006.
D Briand, S Colin, A Gangadharaiah, E Vela, P Dubois, L Thiery, ...
Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 132 (1), 317-324

Conference Papers

Laser-induced thermocapillary flow manipulation of microparticles with obstacle avoidance in a non-patterned fluidic environment. 2017. Best Student Paper Award
EM Muñoz, JE Quispe, S Régnier, E Vela
Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), 2017. Montreal, Canada.

Closed-loop selective manipulation of multiple microparticles by controlling the transient regime of Marangoni flows. 2016.
EM Muñoz, JE Quispe, E Vela
Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Daejeon, Korea.

Single particle manipulation/sorting through the transient response of thermocapillary convection flows. 2016.
JE Quispe, JC Inga, EM Muñoz, S Régnier, E Vela
Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), Paris, France.

Hand rehabilitation using Soft-Robotics. 2016.
AA Reymundo, EM Muñoz, M Navarro, E Vela, HI Krebs
Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), Singapore.

Estudio de la evolución de flujos termocapilares inducidos con un laser IR en películas delgadas de agua para la manipulación de micro-objetos. 2015.
J Quispe and E. Vela
Revista ECIPerú Volumen 12

Automated vision-based system for parallel contactless micromanipulation. 2013.
E Vela, M Hafez, S Regnier
Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2013 16th International Conference on, 1-6

Mesoscale-object handling by temperature modulation of surface stresses. 2009.
E Vela, M Hafez, S Régnier, S Bouchigny
Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science, 2009. Nagoya, Japan.

Graphene as thin film infrared optoelectronic sensor. 2009.
G Hwang, JC Acosta, E Vela, S Haliyo, S Régnier
Optomechatronic Technologies, 2009. ISOT 2009. International Symposium on.

Non-contact mesoscale manipulation using laser induced convection flows
E Vela, C Pacoret, S Bouchigny, S Régnier, K Rink, A Bergander
Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2008. IROS 2008. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on. Nice, France.

Paraffin-PDMS composite thermo microactuator with large vertical displacement capability. 2006.
P Dubois, E Vela, S Koster, D Briand, HR Shea, NF de Rooij
Actuator, Bremen, 215-218

Polymeric hotplates for sensors and actuators. 2005.
D Briand, S Colin, A Gangadharaiah, E Vela, P Dubois, L Thiery, ...
Eurosensors XIX, 2005 1 (SAMLAB-CONF-2005-007), TB15 

 
COLLABORATORS
National
Julio Bejarano, Medical doctor, Hospital Cayetano Heredia.
Segundo Cruz, Medical doctor, Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño San Borja.
Rocío Lavado, Physician.
International
Aude Bolopion, Biomedical Micro/Nanorobotics Lab, FEMTO-ST Institute, France.
Hermano Krebs, Biorobotics and Neurorehabilitation Lab, MIT, USA.
Pierre Lambert, Micro and Biomechanical Engineering, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Stéphane Régnier, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Université Paris VI, France.
Conor Walsh, Biodesign Lab, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science, USA.
 
CONTACT US
  MaBLab
      Biomedical Engineering Laboratory 301 3er piso
 Laboratorios de Investigación y Desarrollo - LID
      Facultad de Ciencias y Filosofía
      Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
   Av. Honorio Delgado 430 - Urb. Ingenieria - S.M.P. Lima, Perú
  (511) 3190000  Anexo: 233405
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