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

Magnetic Mobile Micro-Gripping MicroRobots (MMuGRs) with Two Independent Magnetic Actuation Modes.
A. Davis, E. Freeman, D. Cappelleri. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Yokohama, Japan, May 13-17, 2024, Under Review.

Shape-programmable Adaptive Multi-material Microswimmers for Biomedical Applications.
L. Tan, Y. Yang, L. Fang, D.J. Cappelleri. Science Advances. Under Review, Submitted, December 2023.

Responsive Hydrogel-based Modular Microrobots for Multi-functional Micromanipulation.
L. Tan, D.J. Cappelleri. Small. Under Review, Submitted, November 2023.

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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

More Research Projects


Aaron Davis completes PhD preliminary proposal exam!
2023-12-14 23:20:05
Liyuan Tan defends PhD dissertation!
2023-12-13 23:09:33
Prof. Cappelleri delivers IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation webinar
2023-11-29 23:43:20
Autonomous grasping robots will help future astronauts maintain space habitats
2023-11-28 22:40:30

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