MEMS and Chip Design Group


About Us

We are group of Nerds who are doing research for fun to develop something useful to bring comfort in our lives

Mission

The lab will develop skilled manpower through scientific research to produce world class MEMS and chip design experts having expertise in design and testing to produce world class R&D in MEMS and initiate commercial activities in this area in Pakistan. Moreover, it will support the local needs of the academic institutions, strategic organizations. Lab also aims to develop artificial intelligence based MEMS Inertial Navigation Systems (gyroscope, accelerometers, magnetometer) for mobile robots and other applications.

Objective
  1. Develop state of the art MEMS and Chip Design and Testing Lab

  2. Develop Inertial Navigation Systems expertise with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning capabilities.

  3. Produce highly skilled manpower at Undergraduate and graduate levels that can take research and development leading jobs in Pakistan and abroad.

  4. MEMS design consultancy capability.

Research Areas
  1. Design and Fabrication of Microgrippers for Molecule Inspection
  2. Development of MEMS Cell Library
  3. Design and Fabrication of Accelerometer for the measurement of earth vibrations for mineral detection
  4. Development of Signal Processing chip
  5. Design and Fabrication of path planning for autonomous robot motion using Gyroscope and accelerometer
  6. Controlling mobile robot movement through hand gestures using inertial sensors
Our Team
Engr. Owais Khaid
Research Associate
Engr. Turab
Research Assistant
MS Students
Uzair Bashir

Project: MEMS based Inertial Navigation Systems Integration using Artificial Intelligence for Land Vehicle Navigation

Undergraduate Students
Projects

IMU based Gesture Controlled Mobile Robot:
We have implemented a system level applicationthrough which the user can give commands to wireless robots using gestures based on motion capture sensors mounted on human hand and joints. Through this method the user can control or navigate the robot by using the gestures of the hand, thereby interacting with the robotic system. The command signals are tracked using the motion sensors. The gestures provide a rich and intuitive form of interaction for controlling robots.
Application area are Medical Surgery, Surveillance Robots, Motion Capture Tools

Implementation of Inertial navigation system for Autonomous Path Planning of Mobile Robot: We have implemented a system level application though which a robot can navigate autonomously from a stating point to an end point, the on-board integrated controller creates the necessary trajectories that will drive the robot. The on-board Inertial sensors measure the motion parameters of the robot and the controller estimates the position, velocity, heading and orientation of the robot. The on-board controller also implements steering correction in case of deviation from its reference heading.
Application areas are Autonomous Robots, Autonomous Cars, Surveillance Robots, Guidance Systems, Navigation Systems.

Fundings (Ongoing)
  1. MEMS Sensor and chip design and Testing lab under National Center of Robotics and Automation[Rs 75 Million]

    The lab will develop skilled manpower through scientific research to produce world class MEMS experts having expertise in design and testing to produce world class R&D in MEMS and initiate commercial activities in this area in Pakistan. Moreover, it will support the local needs of the academic institutions, strategic organizations especially the research groups working in the field of robotics and automation. Design, simulation and testing of MEMS based devices including MEMS physical sensors, micro-robotic actuators, RF-MEMS and energy harvesters at the microscale will be carried at the lab.

Fundings (Past)
  1. Ignite Technology Fund, 2008, 2012, 2015, Rs 40 Millions

  2. HEC, 2007, 2008, 5 Million

  3. NESCOM, 2012, 0.5 Million

Collaborations
  1. Queen University, Kingston, Canada

  2. Air University, Islamabad

  3. EME College, Rawalpindi

  4. First MEMS Design Startup in Progress

Software Facilities
  1. Intellisence

  2. MEMSPro

Hardware Facilities
  1. Robotics Platforms

  2. Microsystem Analyzer Shaker

  3. High voltage Amplifiers

  4. Probe Station

  5. Signal Generators

MEMS Chips Developed
Microgripper to Hold Blood Cells

[7] Shaffat A. Bazaz, Fahimullah Khan, Rana Iqtidar Shakoor ”Design, simulation and testing of electrostatic SOI MUMPS based microgripper integrated with contact sensor”, Sensors and Actuators: A. Physical (Elsevier),vol. 167, 2011.
[8] Fahimullah Khan , S.A Bazaz, Muhammad Sohail ” Design and implementation of Electrostatic SOI-MUMPs microgripper” Journal of Microsystem Technologies.

Thermal MEMS Gyroscope

Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of Thermal Micro-Gyroscope developed at CASE

Development of MEMS Gyroscope: 3rd Generation

Performance Enhancement through Micro Locking Mechanism

3-Axis MEMS Accelerometer
Publications
  1. 65 Research Publications in International Journals and Conferences