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

Modeling, Control, and Planning for Multiple Mobile Microrobots.
B. Johnson, D. Cappelleri. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC). Anaheim, CA, August 18-21, 2019.

Towards Dynamic Simulation Guided Optimal Design of Tumbling Microrobots.
C. Bi, J. Xie, G. Adam, N. Chakraborty, D. Cappelleri. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC). Anaheim, CA, August 18-21, 2019.

Design of a Robotic Cannula for Robotic Lumbar Discectomy.
Y. Ding, B. Johnson, D. Cappelleri. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC). Anaheim, CA, August 18-21, 2019.


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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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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

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