Metin Sitti is the director of the Physical Intelligence Department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart and an adjunct professor of Koc University School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD in Tokyo University. He was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (2002-2014) and a research scientist at University of California at Berkeley, USA (1999-2002). He received the BSc (1992) and MSc (1994) degrees in electrical and electronics engineering and physics from Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and the PhD degree (1999) in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan.
He has pioneered many research areas, including wireless miniature medical soft robots, gecko-inspired microfiber adhesives, bio-inspired miniature robots, and physical intelligence. As selected awards, he received the ERC Advanced Grant (2019), Rahmi Koç Medal of Science (2018), Best Paper Award in the Robotics Science and Systems Conference (2019), IEEE/ASME Best Mechatronics Paper Award (2014), SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award (2011), Best Paper Award in the IEEE/RSJ Intelligent Robots and Systems Conference (1998, 2009), and NSF CAREER Award (2005). Prof. Sitti has published two books and over 460 peer-reviewed papers, over 300 of which have appeared in archival journals.
Marwa ElDiwiny, host of the Soft Robotics podcast, interviews Metin about his work in soft robotics.