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

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag).
C. Kagan, D. Arnold, D. Cappelleri, C. Keske, K. Turner. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. Accepted, To Appear, 2022.

Modular End-Effector System for Autonomous Robotic Maintenance & Repair.
J. Li, C. Teeple, R. Wood, D. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Philadelphia, PA USA, May 23-27, 2022, Accepted, to appear..

Neural Network-Based Pose Estimation Approaches for Mobile Manipulation.
A. Chowdhury, J. Li, D. Cappelleri. ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (JMR). Under review, 2022.

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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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Georges Adam starts Chateaubriand Fellowship in France!
2022-01-24 00:00:40
Congrats to MSRAL December 2021 Graduates!
2021-12-18 00:00:17
Two patents issued for MSRAL developed technology
2021-10-26 00:00:52
MSRAL @ IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2021
2021-09-30 00:00:17

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