Selected news


Our work on controlled flight of a microrobot powered by soft-artificial muscles is published in the journal Nature. The paper is available here. A nice coverage about the work is available here.


I will be joining MIT as an assistant professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) starting January, 2020. I am looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in studying micro-scale robotics, design, dynamics and control, and intermediate Reynolds number fluid mechanics. If you are interested in joining us next year, please contact me via


Here is a 5-minutes talk I delivered at the MIT media lab. It gives a brief dicussion on the functions and potential applications of insect-scale robots. 

Insect-scale robots: functions and future applications


I am honored to be selected on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, in the category of Science. For more information, please check out the link below:

Forbes 30 Under 30, Science category

Forbes: Bite-Sized Robots Could Transform Natural Disaster Search And Rescue

Reuters: Robotic cockroach can walk on land and swim underwater

BBC News: Could a robotic cockroach aid rescues?

Popular Mechanics: Harvard Robotic Cockroach Walks Underwater

Harvard SEAS: Next-generation robotic cockroach can explore underwater environments


Science News: These ‘robo-bees’ can dive, swim, and jump like dolphins

Harvard Gazette: New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out of water

BBC: The robot that can swim and fly and other tech news

CBC: Insect-sized robot can both fly and swim

Science Friday: Meet The Insect Bot That Uses Water To Fly

Boston Globe: Harvard researchers develop robotic bee that can fly, dive into water, and pop out again

Forbes: New RoboBee Can Fly and Dive Into Water - The Microbot Equivalent Of Smashing Through Brick Walls

Oceans Deeply: Sticky Tech: Robots That Mimic Remoras Could Expand Ocean Exploration

Science News: This robotic ‘remora’ can cling to objects with a force 340 times its own weight


Business Insider: The 19 most important things that happened in robotics this year


IEEE Spectrum: Harvard’s Robot Bee Is Now Also a Submarine

Harvard Gazette: The tiny flying submarine

BBC News: Robotic Bee copies puffins to fly and swim

Fox News: Harvard engineers develop swimming ‘RoboBee’

Yahoo News: Harvard researchers create insect-sized robot that both fly and swim

Engadget: Robotic bees outdo their organic rivals by swimming 2015