• Doctoral Candidacy

    Recently Mr. Venkatesh Venkataramanujam advanced to doctoral candidacy by successfully passing the doctoral qualifying exam and by defending his dissertation propsal. Mr. Venkataramanujam is studying a new class of mechanical device called reconfigurable motion generators (RMGs). RMG's lie at the intersection of traditional general purpose industrial robots and custom designed machines and mechansism. Dr. Larochelle is serving as the Chair of his doctoral committee.

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  • 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

Please click here to visit the site of Prof. Ferdinand Freudenstein's Doctoral Decendent Academic Tree.

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RASSL AtlasMarch 14, 2014

ASME Design Engineering Division.

Prof. Larochelle has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of ASME's Design Engineering Division. As a member of the Executive Committee Dr. Larochelle will rotate through several leadership positions including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Division. The Design Engineering Division is ASME's largest division and includes several technical committees including the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee.