The Dynamic Robotics Laboratory is well-equipped for the design, construction, and troubleshooting of robotic systems. The 18,000 square foot shared Robotics highbay space occupies an area sufficient for all robot experiments, including a 100-foot long runway for 3D walking and running, where an overhead gantry will be constructed, and a large area for walking and running on a boom. There are offices for graduate students to use as a quiet location for writing and simulation work; a “clean” area for electronics, computers, and finished robots; and a fabrication and robot maintenance area. The fabrication area has 10 meters of workbench space, drawer cabinets filled with tools, and a steel table equipped with power supplies, computers, and mounting points for prototype actuation systems.

We have an existing infrastructure of hardware and software for design, construction and control of robots, along with experience in designing and constructing functional machines. There are twelve desktop computers throughout the lab, used for simulation and optimizations, mechanical design, circuit design, and software development. In addition, the lab is equipped with two oscilloscopes, four regulated power supplies, a highcapacity motor power supply for any motion control requirements, a milliohm-meter, two function generators, and many other pieces of miscellaneous electronic equipment.

Artist rendition of Graf Hall after proposed renovations.

Machine Shop

The MIME Machining and Product Realization Laboratory is located within 100 feet of the Dynamic Robotics Lab, and includes 10 vertical milling machines, two rapid prototyping machines, 9 engine lathes, 4 CNC vertical milling centers, 2 CNC lathes, an EDM burning machine, and other assorted metalworking equipment. Students who have taken a machining course, including undergraduate students, are allowed regular access to the shop, and can fabricate parts for robot maintenance in this proposed research.

Also nearby is a composites manufacturing shop with a very large freezer for storage of epoxies and carbon fiber, and a large oven than can handle the entire robot, if necessary, for curing of composite materials.