Eric Diller

PhD, P.Eng

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dean’s Catalyst Professor

Email: ediller@mie.utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-978-1214
Office: MC310
Research Group: Microrobotics Laboratory


Research Area

Robotics

Research Interests

Micro-scale robotics; bio-inspired design; magnetic actuation; dynamics and control; mobile robotics; manipulation; wireless actuation; non-invasive medical devices.

Bio

Dr. Diller received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. His work is enabling a new approach to non-invasive medical procedures, micro-factories and scientific tools. He does this by shrinking the mechanical and electrical components of robots to centimeter, millimeter or even micrometer size. He uses magnetic fields and other smart-material actuation methods to make mobile functional devices. Dr. Diller envisions a future where drug delivery and surgery can be done in a fast, painless and focused way, and where new materials and devices can be manufactured using swarms of tiny gripping, cutting, and sensing wireless robots.

Dr. Diller has received the MIE Early Career Teaching Award, the UofT Connaught New Researcher Award, the Ontario Early Researcher Award, and the I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers.