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

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.

3D-Printed Microrobots with Integrated Structural Color for Identification and Tracking.
C. Koepele, M. Guix, C. Bi, G. Adam, D. Cappelleri. Advanced Intelligent Systems. 2: 1900147, DOI: 10.1002/aisy.201900147, March 2020.

4D Printing: Enabling Technology for Microrobotic Applications.
G. Adam, A. Benouhiba, K. Rabenorosoa, C. Clevy, D. Cappelleri. Advanced Intelligent Systems. DOI: 10.1002/aisy.202000216, to appear, 2020.

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Research Projects

Agricultural Robotics (IoT4Ag)
Light Responsive Polymer Magnetic Microrobots (LRPMMs)
Microscale Tumbling Magnetic (µTUM) Microrobots for Biomedical Applications
Robotics for Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats

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3D printer custom builds tools for spinal surgery
2017-06-06 21:41:58
All-terrain microbot moves by tumbling over complex topography
2018-02-13 19:01:17
All-terrain microrobot flips through a live colon
2020-10-15 23:01:24
Andreas Gelardos defends his MS thesis on “MAV Platform Design, Analysis, and Control”
2013-12-10 07:01:07

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