Welcome to the Multi-Scale Robotics & Automation Lab (MSRAL) located in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. The MSRAL performs cutting-edge research on robotic and automation systems at various length scales: macro-scale (cm to m), meso-scale (~100’s of μm to a few mm’s), micro-scale (10’s of μm to 100’s of μm), and nano-scale (nm). Research areas of focus are multi-scale robotic manipulation, automation, and assembly, mobile micro/nano robotics, micro/nano aerial and ground vehicle design & control, medical robotics and devices, MEMS device design and fabrication to aid in robotics and automation tasks, automation for the life sciences, mechatronics, and robotic system integration.

Recent Publications

Design of the I-BoomCopter for Environmental Interaction.
D. McArthur, A. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). Submitted, September 10, 2016.

Purpose-Built UAVs for Physical Sampling of Trace Contamination at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
G. Jiang, R. Voyles, D. Cappelleri, S. Mou, D. McArthur, A. Chowdhury, Y. Alibek, R. Bean, P. Abbaraju. Waste Management Conference (WMS), Phoenix, AZ, USA, March 5-9, 2017. Submitted, August 13, 2016.

High-accuracy, High-speed 3D Structured Light Imaging Techniques and Potential Applications to Intelligent Robotics.
S. Zhang, D. Cappelleri, J. Xu, B. Li, Y. An. International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications (JIRA). Submitted, August 15, 2016.

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Research Projects

Micro-force Sensing Mobile Microrobots (μFMMs)
Mobile Microrobot Platform for Advanced Manufacturing Applications
Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles
Multi-Scale Manipulation, Automation, and Assembly

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Invited Seminar @ the University of Notre Dame
August 30, 2016
ASME IDETC Micro- and Nano Systems Conference Best Paper Award Winners!
August 23, 2016
New Project to help bring widespread use of micro-robotics
August 03, 2016
Prof. Cappelleri interviewed on RTV6 ABC News about drone use for search and rescue
June 23, 2016

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