The broad aim of this fundamental research program is to establish new methodologies and concepts for the analysis, characterisation, optimisation and control of complex micro/nano manipulation systems, particularly those based around flexure jointed, piezoelectric actuated mechanisms. The fundamental research conducted at the RMRL concerns critical issues regarding the use of these systems within next generation manufacturing and scientific tools, such as mechanism design, controller development, automation, and haptic user interfaces.
It also aims to establish joint facility between Monash and Deakin University for micro and nano manipulation research. The proposed facility consists of complex/intelligent micromanipulation systems capable of motion accuracies and ranges ranging from the nanometer to micron scale.
The RMRL boasts advanced facilities for such micro/nano manipulation and positioning research, including various unique designs of micro/nano manipulators, piezoelectric actuation systems, precision servo-driven stages, various precision sensors: capacitive sensors, strain gauge sensors, autocollimators, heterodyne laser interferometry systems, high magnification optical microscopy (confocal and laser confocal), atomic force microsope, precision force/torque sensors, and haptic control devices, all with hard real-time closed-loop control implementations.