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 a Miniaturized Actuation System for Robotic Lumbar Discectomy Tools.
R. Craker, B. Johnson, H. Sakthivel, , D. Cappelleri. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC). St. Louis, MO, USA, August 16-19, 2020.

Design of the uMAZE Platform and Microrobots for Independent Control and Micromanipulation Tasks.
B. Johnson, N. Esantsi, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters (RA-L). Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 5677-5684, DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2020.3010210, October 2020.

Local Magnetic Field Design and Characterization for Independent Closed-Loop Control of Multiple Mobile Microrobots.
B. Johnson, S. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. ASME/IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics (TMECH). Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 526-534, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH. 2020.2969074, April 2020.


More Publications

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

More Research Projects

News

Congrats to all the MSRAL Spring/Summer 2019 Graduates!
August 02, 2019
Technology could improve back surgery outcomes, reduce pain, advance skills of surgeons
July 18, 2019
MSRAL @ MARSS 2019
July 05, 2019
Daniel McArthur defends PhD dissertation!
June 28, 2019

More News