Research Interests of Joseph Yan

I enjoy working in the field of micromechatronics and I believe that it holds much promise for the fields of medicine (prosthetics and rehabilitation, artificial organ implants, surgical devices, etc.), hazardous environment exploration (search and rescue in disaster scenarios, exploration of active volcanos, investigation of environments with  biological, chemical, or radioactive threats), and entertainment (e.g., personal toy robots).  There are interesting research problems for microfabrication and microassembly.

I am particularly interested in biorobotics and biomimetics; understanding how biological systems are adapted to their tasks and/or to their environments can often aid in the design of machines for similar tasks or environments. 

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