Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

RAD Lab Projects

 
line graph depicting superlinearity for number of robots and group performance
Robot Swarm Superlinear Performance

In general, doubling the number of robots in a group does not double the performance of the system. This project explores the specific circumstances or instances when doubling the number of robots more than doubles the performance, i.e. a superlinear increase. 

kilobot
Robot Swarm Platform Manufacturing

The promise of swarm robotics is that swarms can be massively scaled. To enable this, we also must be able to manufacture the swarm robot platforms at scale. This project explores the relationship between single-robot cost, total robots produced, and manufacturability of swarm platforms.

HAB bots in water
Robot Swarms to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms

Despite their potential, robot swarms have not been applied to tackle real-world problems. In continuing collaboration with the 3MDL lab, this project explores designing a swarm of robot boats to collect harmful algae from the water.

 

 


Turtlebot Partitioning

Turtlebot Partitioning

Turtlebot pulling

Turtlebot Collective Pulling

Turtlebot Bucket Brigade

Turtlebot Bucket Brigade

Folding Robot locomotion

Folding Robot Locomotion

 

Offroad Turtlebot
Offroad Turtlebot
Turtlebot with Conveyor
Turtlebot with Conveyor

 

Turtlebot Machine vision
Turtlebot Machine Vision

 

 

 

Last Updated: 2/17/22