Autonomous micro aerial vehicles



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.  Especially important is human-computer interaction, so that people from every background can utilize the newest technology in the most productive way.

Biologically-inspired dragonfly robot
Coordinated control of multi-degree-of-freedom mechanical systems for factory automation
Modular robotics kit for children, controlled by a wireless smart glove


Faculty in Robotics

  • Multi-scale robotic manipulation and assembly
  • Mobile micro/nano robotics
  • Micro/nano aerial vehicles
  • Micro-Bio robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cell and tissue mechanics
  • Human injury
  • Adult stem cell-based tissue regeneration
  • Biophysics and biotransport
  • 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
  • Adaptive and robust control
  • Nonlinear control
  • Precision control of mechanical systems
  • Vehicle control
  • Robotics

Research Areas