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.
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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October 20, 2015
RASSL is awarded another U.S. Patent
A utility patent has been granted (US Patent #9162721) for the SphereWalker- a novel walking machine based on a spherical four-bar mechanism that drives a pair of feet with only one drive motor. Inventors: P. Larochelle, O. Zimmerman, J. Sleight, G. Lee, C. Lucas, C. Scully, and J. Mori.