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 microrobotics, medical robotics and devices, automation for the life sciences, and micro aerial and ground vehicle design & control for agricultural and space applications.

Recent Publications

Design of an Autonomous Ag Platform Capable of Field Scale Data Collection in Support of Artificial Intelligence.
A. Balmos, S. Jha, J. Krogmeier, D. Buckmaster, D. Love, R. Grant, M. Crawford, C. Brinton, C. Wang, D. Cappelleri. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. Manhattan, Kansas, July 21-24, 2024.

Micromanipulation System for Microscale Magnetic Component Alignment and Assembly.
O. Shindell, A. Davis, D.J. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS). Delft, Netherlands, July 1-4, 2024 (Short Paper).

Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of a Helical Multi-Material MicroRobot with a Detachable Payload (HMMR-DP).
Y. Yang, L. Tan, A. Davis, D.J. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS). Delft, Netherlands, July 1-4, 2024.


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Research Projects

Agricultural Robotics (IoT4Ag)
Microscale Tumbling Magnetic (µTUM) Microrobots for Biomedical Applications
Responsive Polymer Magnetic Microrobots (RPMMs)
Robotics for Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats

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News

Aaron Davis completes PhD preliminary proposal exam!
2023-12-14
Liyuan Tan defends PhD dissertation!
2023-12-13
Prof. Cappelleri delivers IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation webinar
2023-11-29
Autonomous grasping robots will help future astronauts maintain space habitats
2023-11-28

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