MRC Facilities

Brin Family Aerial Robotics Lab

Brin Family Aerial Robotics Lab is a new facility designed for testing flying and ground robotic platforms. The lab has 15 ft high 430 sq.ft netted area for safe quadcopter tests, state-of-the-art Vicon motion capture system, and a workbench with tools for support and maintenance of drones. The lab works as a shared facility and provides access to all MRC faculty and affiliated students. Questions regarding lab usage should be addressed to the lab manager (Ivan Penskiy, ipenskiy@umd.edu).

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Iribe Manipulator Lab

Iribe Manipulator Lab features several state-of-the-art manipulators (2 x KUKA LBR iiwa 7, Sawyer, Baxter, UR3e, UR5e) as well as various interchangeable robotic grippers. Manipulators can be easily repositioned into different configurations to allow for collaborative projects with multiple manipulators. The lab works as a shared facility and provides access to all MRC faculty and affiliated students. Questions regarding lab usage should be addressed to the lab manager Ivan Penskiy, ipenskiy@umd.edu.

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Robotics Realization Laboratory

The Robotics Realization Laboratory focuses on designing, building, and testing novel robot designs. This is a student centered space that also supports the NSF REU Site program at the University of Maryland focused on Bioinspired Robotics. This lab has been used to test several bio-inspired robotics platforms. These include walking and swimming quadrupeds. This lab has also been used to test small custom made unmanned ground vehicles.

Affiliated Facilities

Fearless Flight Facility (F3)

The Fearless Flight Facility (F3) is the only university outdoor flight laboratory for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region.

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Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility

Principal Investigator(s): David Akin

The Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility is a one-of-a-kind world-class facility, the largest such facility on a university campus, as well as the only one with underwater motion capture.

University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site is a research and operations facility based in California, Maryland that works with university, government, and private partners to advance UAS research and demonstrate operational capabilities.

Faculty Labs

Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML)

Principal Investigator(s): Hugh Bruck

The focus of the lab is on both process as well as system level manufacturing solutions. The current research activities include manufacturing process and system simulation, process planning, production planning, manufacturability analysis, and nanomaterial processing. Current facilities include injection molding, CNC machining, ceramic gel casting, in-mold assembly, layered manufacturing, power processing, high temperature sintering, and resin transfer molding.

Advanced Robotics Development Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): David Akin, Craig Carignan

The Advanced Robotics Development Laboratory is a complete spacecraft integration facility that includes rapid prototyping equipment, a class 10,000 cleanroom, high-precision metrology instrumentation, a thermal chamber, and a thermal vacuum chamber.

Autonomy Robotics Cognition Lab

Principal Investigator(s): Yiannis Aloimonos, John S. Baras, Don Perlis

The ARC lab brings together leading-edge approaches in systems engineering, autonomous robotics, computer vision, and cognitive computation to create a diverse research environment supported by experts in multiple domains.

Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Derek A. Paley

The long-term goal of this lab is to improve our understanding of collective behavior in biological groups and to apply this understanding to synthesize bio-inspired motion-coordination algorithms for autonomous robots.

Computational Sensorimotor Systems Laboratory (CSSL)

Principal Investigator(s): Timothy Horiuchi

CSS laboratory is dedicated to the understanding and silicon implementation of the neural algorithms that support bat echolocation and echolocation-guided navigation in airborne vehicles. With a focus on sensorimotor problems, our main interest lies in adaptive sensing that gathers data specific to changing task specifications and changing levels of data quality.

CPS & Cooperative Autonomy Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Nuno Martins

The CPS and Cooperative Autonomy Laboratory houses projects related to cyber-physical systems and it focuses on the implementation of decentralized algorithms for control, coordination, estimation and detection.

ECE Autonomous Systems Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Gilmer L. Blankenship

The Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) is involved in several areas of research. A primary focus of the lab is Cooperative Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) using a “network” of robots. We work with Inertial Navigation Units (INU), odometry-based sensors, and vision systems. Sensor fusion, mobile mesh networking, and image processing are all areas of research within the lab. The ASL also supports the ECE Capstone Design Course ENEE408I Autonomous Robotics.

Integrated Biomorphic Information Systems Lab

Principal Investigator(s): Pamela Abshire

The lab’s vision is to understand interactions among communication and computing and the physical world in which we. To accomplish these goals, the lab is developing hybrid bioelectronic systems, incorporating principles of adaptation into electronic systems, and working to understand performance-resource tradeoffs in biology and microelectronics. This research aims to create new hardware for sensing, computing, and communicating under severe resource constraints – particularly for applications in miniature and autonomous robots..

Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): P. S. Krishnaprasad

The Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory (ISL) was the first lab in the Institute for Systems Research devoted to problems in robotics.

Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Center for Technology and Systems Management

Principal Investigator(s): Bilal M. Ayyub

The 21st century will see the dawn of intelligent systems. The 19th century gave rise to advanced mechanical systems, and the 20th century to electro-mechanical systems.

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Neuromechanics Research Core

Principal Investigator(s): Jae Kun Shim

The UMD Neuromechanics Research Core studies neural and mechanical mechanisms of human movements in general. The current research focus includes locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations and footwear, hand and multi-digit actions of people with neurological disorders, and sensory processing mechanisms.

Sensors and Actuators Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Miao Yu

The Sensors and Actuators Laboratory includes a 1500 square foot research facility that is equipped with state of the art optical testing equipment and dynamical characterization equipment dedicated to research on micro/nano sensors, photonics, and smart materials and structures.