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Low Cost Sensing

Sensing forces in robotic grippers can be costly and complicated. This project investigates modifying flex sensors at a lower cost. The deflection of links in a robotic gripper can be used to sense the location, magnitude and number of contact forces by matching the link curvature of existing beam models. This concept is embodied using

Developing an Educational Robotic Platform

The goal of the proposed research project is to demonstrate that a robot can be designed, built by and used for undergraduate and high school students as an educational tool. Dr. Aukes’ IDEALab utilizes laminate construction to build foldable robots from cheap materials, allowing robots to be constructed from scratch in a matter of hours