Self-organized dynamics of mesoscale particles and droplets

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Intelligent artificial robots are designed and developed to accomplish routine activities of daily human life. They are envisioned to alleviate the human work load, which are mainly repetitive in nature, in the diverse areas such as cleaning, washing, managing, communicating, computing, and treatment, in order to improve the quality of human life and their expectancy. The robots are also tipped to be employed for advanced technological events such as high-precision sensing, interaction with humans, operations of aircrafts or artilleries, energy harvesting, and environmental remediation. Interestingly, robot manufacturing is often inspired from the various living objects present in the nature, such as humans, plants, extra-terrestrial elements, animals, insects, bacteria, viruses, and parasites, among others. The present era has witnessed the use of robots having different length scales ranging from a few meters to the level of a few nanometers targeting different applications. For example, a collection of macroscopic swarm ‘kilobots’ with programmable controllers and locomotive capacity can show collective artificial intelligence such as sync, transport, assembly to realize routine jobs. On the other hand, self-propelling micro or nanoscopic robots, also popularly known as micro or nanobots, find important futuristic applications in the domains of targeted drug delivery, payload transport, therapeutics, diagnostics, imaging, and high precision sensing, among others.
Supervisors: Dipankar Bandyopadhyay and Ashok Kumar Dasmahapatra