Research activities on nanorobotics are an emerging interdisciplinary technology area raising new scientific challenges and promising revolutionary advancements in applications such as medicine, biology and industrial manufacturing. Nanorobots could be defined as intelligent systems with overall dimensions at or below the micrometer range that are made of assemblies of nanoscale components with individual dimensions ranging between 1 to 100 nm. Nanorobots would be able to perform at least one of the following actions: actuation, sensing, signaling, information processing, intelligence, swarm behavior at the nano scale. The development of nanorobots presents difficult design, fabrication and control challenges as such devices will operate in microenvironments whose physical properties differ from those encountered by conventional parts. Furthermore, nanorobotics is a field, which calls for collaborative efforts between physicists, chemists, biologists, computer scientists, engineers and other specialists to work towards this common objective. In an effort to disseminate the current advances in nanorobotics, we propose in this talk different multiphysics modeling approaches for actuation of nanorobots evolving in biological and nanomedecine environments.
His research interests include the design, modeling, and control of micro and nanorobotic systems using active materials, micro- and nanomanipulation systems, biological nanosystems, and bionanorobotics.
Dr. Ferreira was the Guest Editor for different special issues of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics in 2009, International Journal of Robotics Research in 2009, and the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine in 2008, IEEE Transactions on Robotics in 2014.