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

Autonomous Control of the Interacting-BoomCopter UAV for Remote Sensor Mounting.
D. McArthur, A. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (R-AL). Special Issue on Aerial Manipulation, Under Review, Submitted September 8, 2017.

Micro-force Sensing Mobile Microrobots for Mechanobiology and Automated Biomanipulation.
W. Jing, S. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO). Under Review, Submitted September 8, 2017.

Control of Magnetic Microrobot Teams for Temporal Micromanipulation Tasks.
Y. Kantaros, B. Johnson, S. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri, M. Zavlanos. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO). Under Review, Submitted June 30, 2017.

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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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SURF Awards for Cara Koepele and Maria Guix Noguera!
August 04, 2017
3D printer custom builds tools for spinal surgery
June 06, 2017
Boomcopter is a Drone That Can Open Doors
May 30, 2017
New Micro 3D Printer Installed @ MSRAL
May 16, 2017

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