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

Automated Microassembly Sequence Planning with Sub-Assemblies.
J. Seymour, D. Cappelleri. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC), Charlotte, NC USA. August 21-24, 2016.

Micro-coil Design for Independent Control of Multiple Magnetic Microrobots.
S. Chowdhury, W. Jing, D. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Manipulation, and Automation at Small Scales (MARSS), Paris, France. July 18-22, 2016.

Micro-force Sensing Mobile Microrobots for Mechanobiology and Automated Biomanipulation.
W. Jing, S. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO). Submitted, April 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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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
Micro-Robots Have a Soft Touch
June 08, 2016
Controlling microbots
May 16, 2016

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