• Doctoral Candidacy

    Recently Mr. Tom Ebert advanced to doctoral candidacy by successfully passing the doctoral qualifying exam and by defending his dissertation proposal. Mr. Ebert is studying the modeling and simulation of anchoring mechanisms for use on extreme terrain mobility platforms for celestial surface prospecting. These anchoring mechanisms are needed for robotic surveying and prospecting of celestial bodies such as the Moon and Mars. Dr. Larochelle is serving as the Chair of his doctoral committee.

  • PantherBot

    We have recently developed the PantherBot. PantherBot is an indoor mobile autonomous robot that includes a MobileRobotsTM PowerBot mobile robot platform, a laser navigation system, a Schunk 6-DOF robot arm, and hardare & software tools developed by RASSL.

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  • Design of a Novel Hexapod Walking Machine

    We have been designing and developing SphereWalker; a hexapod walking machine whose leg pairs are actuated by novel spherical four-bar mechanisms (Patent Pending).

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  • The RASSL Team

    Shown here is the RASSL Team in February 2014. From left to right we have: David Matos Radoriguez, Venkatesh Venkataramanujam, Tom Ebert, Murphy Wonsick, Alejandra Dominguez, Victor Padron, Dr. Pierre Larochelle, Xiaoyang "Ethan" Mao, Sida Du, Marty Grashik, Vignesh Sundararaj, and Jugesh Sundram.

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Mission & Vision

The Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL) is dedicated to the development of robotic mechanical systems that generate spatial (i.e. 3-dimensional) motion and force transmission. The Lab seeks to advance the design methodologies for these challenging systems as well as techniques for their utilization in industrial and consumer applications. The Vision of RASSL is to be the world leader in the research and development of novel 3-dimensional robotic mechanical systems. The Mission of RASSL is to educate engineers in cutting-edge research and development of 3-dimensional robotic mechanical systems by conducting research, building & testing prototypes, and publishing our findings.

Prof. Freudenstein Doctoral Tree

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RASSL AtlasAugust 8, 2014

Another RASSL Doctoral Degree Awarded

Mr. Venkatesh Venkataramanujam successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "A New Class of Mechanical Devices for Multi-Phase Motion Generation" on August 8th, 2014. In his dissertation Dr. Venkataramanujam introduced a new concept for planar and spherical reconfigurable motion generators that he calls RMGs. A U.S. provisional patent has been awarded on this new technology.