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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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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April 11, 2013
RASSL begins collaborations with Magna Seating Corp.
Prof. Larochelle and Mr. Ron Zimmerman of Magna Seating Corporation are leading a new two-year, $50,000 collaborative research project to develop synthesis algorithms for the design of novel mechanisms for car and truck passenger seats.