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

Designing Local Magnetic Fields and Path Planning for Independent Actuation of Multiple Mobile Microrobots.
S.Chowdhury, B. Johnson, W. Jing, D. Cappelleri. Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (JMBR). Volume 12, Issue 1, pp. 21-31, DOI: 10.1007/s12213-017-0094-6, June 2017.

Characterization of Heterogeneous Collaborative Robot Teams.
B. Abruzzo, D. Cappelleri, P. Mordohai. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Vancouver, Canada, September 24-28, 2017, Submitted.

Vision-based Micro-Force Sensing Mobile Microrobots for Intelligent Micromanipulation.
M. Guix, A. An, J. Wang, B. Johnson, D. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Manipulation, and Automation at Small Scales (MARSS). Montreal, Canada, July 17-21, 2017, to appear.

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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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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
Prof. Cappelleri promoted to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering!
April 21, 2017

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