University of Toronto – Diller Microrobotics Lab

The Diller Microrobotics Lab at the University of Toronto is developing the next generation of tiny robots which can be wirelessly piloted. It is focused on enabling a radically new approach to non-invasive medical procedures, micro-factories, and new scientific tools. To achieve this the Microrobotics Lab is shrinking the mechanical and electrical components of robots to centimeter, millimeter, or even micrometer sizes.

The Diller Microrobotics Lab 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.


Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
5 King’s College St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3G8

Areas of Expertise

– 3D programmable microrobot fabrication technology
– Magneto-acoustic systems
– Actuation of soft-magnetic microgrippers

Actuation, control, and tracking
– Design of magnetic actuation systems
– Multi-robot control
– Ultrasound localization and tracking of capsule microrobotic agents

Microrobots for medical applications
– Cable-less, magnetically-driven forceps for minimally invasive surgery
– Magnetic force amplification using string transmission
– Magnetic locking mechanisms for tendon actuated continuum robots
– Capsule delivery systems


Process R&D
Product R&D

Contact Information


Email: Eric Diller – Lab Leader –

Published: September 21, 2021

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