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

Sim-Suction: Learning a Suction Grasp Policy for Cluttered Environments Using a Synthetic Benchmark.
J. Li., D. Cappelleri. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO). Submitted, Under Review.

3D Printed Vision-Based Micro-Force Sensors for Microrobotic Applications.
G. Adam, G. Ulliac, C. Clevy and D. J. Cappelleri. Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (JMBR). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12213-023-00152-x, March 2023.

Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of a Helical Adaptive Multi-material MicroRobot (HAMMR).
L. Tan, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters (RA-L). Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 1723-1730, March 2023, DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2023.3242164.

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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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