Research

Active Projects

(Updated June 2020)

1) Rapid Operator Awareness with Mobile Robotics (ROAMR)

This project seeks to combine mobile sensors with wearable robots to enhance human performance in unstructured environments.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Aaron Young and the Georgia Tech EPIC lab. Graduate Students: Aakash Bajpai, Kevin Choi

 

2) Robot Integrated Pallet System (RIPS)

This project aims to enhance military logistics through robotic construction of palletized loads.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Balakirsky and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Graduate Student: Raymond Kim.

 

3) Motion Planning for Aggressive Aerial Vehicles

This project explores how motion plans can be generated using discrete libraries of primitives.  We seek to examine the performance and applicability of primitive-based techniques by using machine learning methods and expert knowledge. Graduate Students: Kevin Choi, Hayden Nicols, Samuel Deal, Zachary Goddard.

 

4) Autonomous Drilling for Geothermal Energy

This project develops sensing, control, and mechatronics for intelligent Geothermal well drilling.  Such systems must operate under harsh conditions deep beneath the earth.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Byron Boots at the University of Washington and Dr. Jiann Su and Dr. Stephen Buerger at Sandia National Laboratories. Graduate Students: Kevin Choi.

 

5) Adaptive Ground Locomotion

This project seeks to combine adaptive algorithms with morphological adaptation.  Specifically, we are studying ways to modulate vehicle physical properties in order to maximize their autonomous performance on diverse terrain.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Byron Boots at the University of Washington. Graduate Students: Raymond Kim.

 

6) Leveraging Human Intuition for Dynamic Physical Behaviors

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This project studies how human movement principles can be utilized on robots in order to achieve more powerful and impactful behaviors.  This project combines quantitative biomechanics with wearable and mobile robot design.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Aaron Young and the EPIC lab at Georgia Tech. Graduate Students: Josh Fernandez.

 

7) Exploiting Smart Mechanics for Manipulation

This project examines novel approaches to mobile manipulation design.  Methods currently under study include bistable mechanisms and controllable chemical adhesion. Graduate Students: Kevin Choi, Zachary Goddard.

 

8) Intelligent Control of Biological Processes

This project utilizes control and estimation theory to improve the yield of complex and fragile biological systems.  This project combines surrogate experiments with model development and controller design.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Balakirsky and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Graduate Students: Bharat Kanwar.

 

9) Human Machine Collaboration for Manufacturing

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This project leverages human abilities and wearable sensing to assist in complex manufacturing tasks.  We combine hardware development with novel cooperative control algorithms. Graduate Student: Andrew Namgoong, Hogan Welch.
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