Our interdisciplinary research is focused on
robotics, intelligent mechatronic systems, networked embedded systems,
innovative design for 3D printing,
and integrated computing and STEM education.
Students with a minor in Computer Science
are especially encouraged to apply to join the research team.
Current Research Projects
Past Research Projects
Innovative Design of Robotic and Mechatronic Systems
Development of open architecture robotic platforms
iMobot --- An Intelligent Reconfigurable Modular Robot.
Mobile-C --- A Multi-Agent Platform for Mobile Agent Based Computing Using Mobile C/C++ Agents and its Applications.
RoboSim: simulation software for educational robots
Programming with Lego Mindstorms NXT and EV3 with Ch.
Integrating Computing and Robotics into STEM Education for Integrated Learning.
Arduino programming using Ch
Embedded systems networking for task coordination
Finch Robot Interactive Programming
Pose Training for Robotic Toys.
Laser-Based Non-Intrusive Detection of Delineations of Vehicles for Measurement of True Travel Time on the Highway, Primary Sponsor: California PATH Program, California Department of Transportation.
Task-Level Programming for Manipulation of Multiple Robots,
Primary Sponsor: National Science Foundation.
Open-Architecture Integration for Agile Manufacturing, Primary Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Mobile Platform for Overhead Detectors of Road Vehicles, Primary Sponsor: California PATH Program, California Department of Transportation.
Interactive Motion Control, Primary Sponsor: Delta Tau Data Systems Inc.
Web-Based Interactive Distance Learning Tools for Design and Manufacturing, Primary Sponsor: Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Program, UCD.
Ch MPI: Interpretive Parallel Computing in C.
Integration of Portable XML Data and Portable C/C++ Code.
Computer-Adied Mechanism Design and Analysis Using ChExcel.
Computer-Aided Design and Analysis of Quick Return Mechanisms.
The laboratory is currently equipped with
including two industrial robot manipulators
Puma 560 which can be remotely
manipulated through the network and
The current research of the laboratory focuses on
reconfigurable modular robots to promote engineering to high school and
middle school students. The first version the modular robot called
was developed in 2009.
A variety of add-ons can be 3D printed and attached to the
modular robots to further increase
its versatility and functionality.
A Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D print
is available in the lab for conduct various research projects.
Currently, the graduate research in the lab utilizes more advanced robots
such as the NXT, EV3, Sparki, and Fintch. These are lego mindstorm products and
ArcBotics with a broad array of sensors so that they can be controlled
in a variety of ways. These robots typically run 32-bit programmable
microcontroller to interactive servo motors
through a wireless bluetooth connection. Our graduate students maintain
the original platforms of these robots,
but expand their sensor capabilities, develop new GUIs specific
to operate them, and make them compatible with Ch commands.
Major Sponsors of the Research Programs