title = {Special Issue: Design, Fabrication, Control, and Planning of Multiple Mobile Microrobots},
  booktitle = {International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems},
  editor = {Banerjee, Ashis and Folio, David and Misra, Sarthak and Zhou, Quan},
  year = {2014},
  doi = {10.5772/1},
  hceres = {DO},
  review = {The proposed special issue (SI) focuses on new approaches and future directions on developing microrobotic systems where multiple mobile robots operate in parallel to perform complex manipulations. Such manipulations are increasingly playing a major role in biology and medicine as for example by realizing targeted drug therapy. They are also bringing about a new paradigm in the manufacturing of miniature devices by enabling microassembly of heterogeneous components in three dimensions.
  The microrobots can be actuated in a variety of ways ranging from electrical and magnetic to mechanical, optical, and even acoustic or chemical. Design and fabrication of the robots depends a lot on the actuation technique, and becomes quite challenging for autonomous operations within constrained workspaces across large distances (orders of magnitudes more than their characteristic dimensions) and for significant time durations (minutes or more). Furthermore, controlling and planning their motions provide additional challenges, particularly to generate collision-free trajectories independently for each robot with the aim of achieving coordinated behaviors to maximize the overall operation efficiency and reliability. While significant progress has been achieved over the past few years, we are still quite far off from deploying such autonomous microrobot groups in clinical laboratories or industrial manufacturing facilities.}