Aim, Scope and Approach


We engage in the research and development of methods and their applications in the areas of microsystems and robotics. Our research focuses on mechanical manipulation of physical and biological systems at micro to macro scale, with the aim of producing practical and innovative engineering solutions.

We integrate scientific principles from multiple disciplines in developing our methods and enabling technologies for mechanical micro/macro-manipulation, and apply them to solve practical problems in multiple domains. These disciplines include electromagnetism, piezoelectricity, hydrodynamics in microchannels, robotics, and control systems, while the application domains span manipulation of extracellular matrix stiffness, angiogenesis, microfluidics, microrheology, flow cytometry, robotic adaptive task execution, and force-controlled microinjection.




We gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the following agencies and institutions:

  • A*Star Biomedical Research Council

  • A*Star Science and Engineering Research Council Industrial Robotics Programme

  • A*Star Science and Engineering Research Council, Public Sector Fund

  • A*Star Science and Engineering Research Council, Singapore-China Joint Research Programme

  • CtrlWorks Pte. Ltd.

  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

  • National Research Foundation, Incentive for Innovative Research Scheme under the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office

  • National University of Singapore, Academic Research Fund

  • Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)

  • Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Biosystems and Biomechcanics (BioSyM) Interdisciplinary Group


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Peter C.Y. Chen (PhD)

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

National University of Singapore