Metin Sitti

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Metin Sitti holding a robotic water strider

Metin Sitti is a professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his PhD in Tokyo University. He is interested in micro/nanorobotics, nanomanufacturing, MEMS/NEMS, biomimetic micro/nanosystems, directed self-assembly, bionanotechnology, haptic interfaces, and tele-robotics. He conducted the Micromechanical Flying Insect Project.

Sitti is currently working on the development of robots using a "sticky" elastic polymer capable of adhering to a variety of surfaces, inspired by the "hairs" which allow geckos to stick to walls. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: "Sitti's most recent innovation is to use the gecko-inspired technology to print electronics on sticky surfaces. This way, circuit transistors can be woven into fabric and clothing."[1] New Scientist reported in an interview with Sitti that sticky robots using the gecko-hair technology could "tackle many jobs in the home including painting ceilings and clearing cobwebs. They could also play a part in exploration, inspection, repair and even search and rescue."[2]

Working with graduate student Yun Seong Song, Sitti also designed a tiny robot that, mimicking a water strider insect, can walk on the surface tension of water.[3]


  1. ^ Puko, Tim (October 21, 2011). "Newsmaker: Metin Sitti - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review". Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Marks, Paul (April 21, 2009). "Super-sticky robots to follow in gecko's footseps". New Scientist. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Zyga, Lisa (July 11, 2007). "Robot walks on water". Retrieved February 24, 2011. 

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