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

Stiffness Characterization and Micromanipulation for Biomedical Applications using the Vision-based Force-Sensing Magnetic Mobile Microrobot.
G. Adam, M. Hakim, L. Solorio, D. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scale (MARSS). Toronto, Canada (To Appear), July 2021.

Complementary Kalman Filter vs. SLAM for Collaborative Localization of Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Teams.
B. Abruzzo, D. Cappelleri, P. Mordohai. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Xi'an, China, May 30-June 5, 2020, Under review.

Comparison of Neural Network-Based Pose Estimation Approaches for Mobile Manipulation.
A Chowdhury, J. Li, D. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Xi'an, China, May 30-June 5, 2021, Under review.

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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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Congrats to the MSRAL December 2020 Graduates!
2020-12-18 21:56:11
Benjamin Abruzzo defends PhD dissertation!
2020-12-15 21:29:42
Prof. Cappelleri gives invited virtual seminar at the University of Delaware
2020-11-13 23:38:06
Farm to every table via precision agriculture
2020-11-11 23:15:42

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