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

Towards Independent Control of Multiple Magnetic Mobile Microrobots.
S. Chowdhury, W. Jing, D. Cappelleri. Micromachines, Special Issue: Micro/Nano Robotics. 7(1), 3, 2015 December. [ PDF ]

@Article{mi7010003, AUTHOR = {Chowdhury, Sagar and Jing, Wuming and Cappelleri, David J.}, TITLE = {Towards Independent Control of Multiple Magnetic Mobile Microrobots}, JOURNAL = {Micromachines}, VOLUME = {7}, YEAR = {2015}, NUMBER = {1}, PAGES = {3}, URL = {http://www.mdpi.com/2072-666X/7/1/3}, ISSN = {2072-666X}, DOI = {10.3390/mi7010003} }

Controlling Multiple Microrobots: Recent Progress and Future Challenges.
S. Chowdhury, W. Jing, D.Cappelleri. Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics. First online: 08 October, 2015. [ PDF ]

@article{ChowdhuryJMBR2015 year={2015}, issn={2194-6418}, journal={Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics}, doi={10.1007/s12213-015-0083-6}, title={Controlling multiple microrobots: recent progress and future challenges}, url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12213-015-0083-6}, publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg}, keywords={Microrobot; Multiple microrobots; Control; Microrobot teams; Microrobot swarms}, author={Chowdhury, Sagar and Jing, Wuming and Cappelleri, DavidJ.}, pages={1-11}, language={English} }

3D Printed Surgical Manipulator for Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy Surgery.
B. Johnson, B. Cole, D. Cappelleri. ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference & Expo (AM3D). Boston, MA USA, August 2-5, 2015.

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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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Discover Channel News: Mini Force Field Steers Swarms of Microbots
January 13, 2016
Microbots individually controlled using ‘mini force fields’
January 12, 2016
Benjamin Johnson graduates with MSME degree!
December 20, 2015
Sagar Chowdhury receives Best Dissertation Award!
August 10, 2015

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