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

Design of the I-BoomCopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Remote Sensor Mounting.
D. McArthur, A. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (JMR). doi: 10.1115/1.4038973, To Appear, 2018.

Autonomous Control of the Interacting-BoomCopter UAV for Remote Sensor Mounting.
D. McArthur, A. Chowdhury, D. Cappelleri. IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Brisbane Queensland, Australia, Accepted, May 21-25, 2018.

Design of Microscale Magnetic Tumbling Robots for Locomotion in Multiple Environments and Complex Terrains.
C. Bi, M. Guix, B. Johnson, W. Jing, D. Cappelleri. Micromachines. Special Issue: Micro/Nano Robotics II, Submitted, January 10, 2018.

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Research Projects

Micro-force Sensing Mobile Microrobots (μFMMs)
Mobile Microrobot Platform for Advanced Manufacturing Applications
Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles
Multi-Scale Manipulation, Automation, and Assembly

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Low cost microrobotic tool helps with spinal surgery
October 20, 2017
MSRAL hosts the Northview Middle School Robotics Club
October 19, 2017
Prof. Cappelleri Delivers Invited Talk at Dawn or Doom 2017
September 26, 2017
SURF Awards for Cara Koepele and Maria Guix Noguera!
August 04, 2017

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