Human-Machine Interaction & Robotics   

21st century robots are just as likely to be hovering in the air, or swimming through someone’s bloodstream, as working in an automotive factory. That’s why Purdue researchers pursue robotics on all fronts: manufacturing, biomedicine, design, nanotechnology, and more.  From large scale automation, such as in manufacturing; to microrobots moving individual cells; every aspect of robotics is explored at Purdue.

Equally important is human-machine interaction. People are interacting with computers in new and exciting ways, from augmented reality to autonomous vehicles. Purdue researchers are working hard to perfect these technologies, so that people from every background can utilize the newest technology in the most productive way.

Faculty in Human-Machine Interaction & Robotics

  • Adaptive structures
  • Mechanical metamaterials
  • Robotic materials
  • Programmable structures
  • Multistable structures
  • Structural nonlinearity
  • Elastic instabilities
  • Structural dynamics
  • Nonlinear vibrations
  • Light scattering
  • Discrete dipole approximation (DDA)
  • Biomedical optics
  • Instrument development for food safety
  • Optical characterization of soot
  • Modeling of nonlinear systems
  • Structural dynamics and localization
  • Flow-induced vibrations
  • Impacting systems
  • Bifurcations and chaos
  • Uncertainty propagation
  • Inverse problems
  • Propagation of information across scales
  • Optimal learning
  • Materials by design
  • Growing robots
  • Soft robotics
  • Bioinspired systems
  • Wearable robots
  • Haptics
  • Soft matter
  • Multi-scale robotic manipulation and assembly
  • Mobile micro/nano robotics
  • Micro/nano aerial vehicles
  • Micro-Bio robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • MEMS/NEMS
  • Automation for the life sciences
  • Dynamic systems and control
  • Mechatronics
  • Digital and functional printing and fabrication
  • Motion and vibration control and perception
  • Embedded systems and real-time control
  • Mechanical systems design
  • Analysis and simulation
  • Computer aided engineering
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Robotics and automation
  • Sound quality
  • Signal Processing
  • Data analysis
  • System modeling and identification
  • Condition monitoring of machinery
  • Perception-based engineering
  • Seat-occupant modeling
  • Principles of aerial and aquatic locomotion in animals
  • Experimental fluid mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Control
  • Bio-inspired robotics
  • Biologically inspired micro aerial vehicles and underwater robots
  • Bio-sensing and sensor fusion algorithms
  • Structural Dynamics and Control
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Machine Vision
  • Real-time Hybrid Simulation
  • Damage Detection and Structural Condition Monitoring
  • Cyberinfrastructure Development
  • Vibrations and nonlinear dynamics
  • Smart material systems
  • Non-pneumatic tires
  • Optimization of mechanical systems
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Dynamic modeling and optimal control; model predictive control; decentralized control
  • Thermodynamics-based optimization; entropy generation minimization; exergy analysis
  • Integrated energy management and storage in distributed energy systems, building systems
  • Optics
  • Optical and laser-based measurements
  • Engineering instrumentation
  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Wearable biomedical devices
  • 'Crack’-driven transfer printing technology
  • Scalable manufacturing technology
  • Mechanics and materials for flexible/stretchable electronics
  • Robotics
  • Marine Robotics
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Energy Autonomy
  • Systems Design
  • Coordination and Controls
  • Motion and vibration control
  • Adaptive control
  • Intelligent control using fuzzy logic and neural networks
  • Engine and emissions diagnostics
  • Robotics
  • Computational Design of Socio-Technical Systems
  • Secure Design and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Design by Self-Organized Virtual Communities
  • Integrated Products and Materials Design
  • Kinematic synthesis and analysis
  • Robotics
  • Multi-degree-of-freedom mechanisms
  • Human Skill and Augmentation
  • Collaborative and Hybridized Intelligence
  • Deep Learning of Shapes and Computer Vision
  • Human-Robot-Machine Interactions
  • Making to Manufacturing (M2M)
  • Factory of the Future and Robotics
  • Manufacturing Productivity
  • Product design
  • Conceptual design
  • Decision-making and behavioral psychology
  • Integrating human judgments into the design process
  • Application areas of interest include (but are not limited to): sustainability, healthcare/medicine, and non-traditional applications of design research.
  • Model-based system and control design of commercial vehicle power trains
  • Connected and automated commercial vehicles
  • Internal combustion engine & after-treatment system design and controls
  • Flexible valve actuation in diesel and natural gas engines
  • Adaptive and robust control
  • Nonlinear control
  • Precision control of mechanical systems
  • Vehicle control
  • Robotics
  • Multiscale superfast 3D optical sensing
  • Biophotonic imaging
  • Optical metrology
  • Machine/computer vision
  • 3D video telepresence
  • 3D video processing
  • Virtual reality
  • Human computer interaction