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 Disposable 3D Printed Surgical End-Effectors for Robotic Lumbar Discectomy Procedures.
B. Johnson, Z. Gong, B. Cole, D. Cappelleri. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC), Quebec City, Canada. To Appear, August 26-29, 2018.

Real-time Force-feedback Micromanipulation using Mobile Microrobots with Colored Fiducials.
M. Guix, J. Wang, Z. An, G. Adam, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters (RA-L). Volume 3, Issue 4, pp. 3591-3597, DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2018.2854909, October 2018.

Path Planning and Micromanipulation using a Learned Model.
V. Venkatesan, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters (RA-L). Volume 3, No. 4, pp. 3089 - 3096, DOI:10.1109/LRA.2018.2849568, To Appear, October 2018.

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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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Congrats to the MSRAL Spring/Summer Graduates!
August 09, 2018
Tumbling Microrobots for Future Medicine
July 09, 2018
Vinoth Venkatesan defends MS Thesis!
May 09, 2018
Maria Guix Noguera wins Postdoctoral Trainee Mentoring Award!
May 07, 2018

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