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U-M Robotics Building Design Approved


Rendering of the new Robotics Laboratory

Robotic technologies for air, sea and roads, for factories, hospitals and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan’s planned Robotics Laboratory. 

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the schematic design for the $75 million facility, which is slated for the northeast corner of North Campus in the College of Engineering.

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There are multiple U-M ME faculty involved in robotics research who will have lab space in the new Robotics Laboratory. See below.


Kira Barton, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Barton’s research in the Barton Research Group (BRG) combines the development of novel sensing and control strategies with experimental implementation. Equal part theory and application, the focus of the research is on innovative strategies for improving the performance of a wide range of systems. Current research topics include the exploration of novel sensing and control techniques for improving the coordination and precision motion control of multiple systems. The versatility of these strategies will be demonstrated through applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to emerging manufacturing processes.

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Brent Gillespie, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Gillespie’s research lies in the area of haptic interface, where he applies techniques from multibody dynamics, nonlinear controls, and robotics.

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Jessy Grizzle, director of the robotics, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Grizzle’s current research interests cover the control of bipedal robots and correct-by-construction control methods for Advanced Driver Assist Systems.

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Huei Peng, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Huei’s research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems. His current research focuses on the design and control of electrified vehicles, and connected/automated vehicles.

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C. David Remy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Remy’s is the head of the Robotics and Motion Laboratory and his research interests include the design, simulation and control of legged robots, exoskeletons, and other nonlinear systems. Drawing inspiration from biology and biomechanics, he is particularly interested in the effect and exploitation of natural dynamic motions, the role of different gaits, and the possibility of force/torque controllable systems; both in conceptual models and in hardware realizations.

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Dawn Tilbury, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Tilbury’s research interests include control theory and applications in many different domains as well as developing methods to improve reliability through reconfigurable control and enhanced human-machine interfaces.

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Ram Vasudevan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan

Vasudevan’s research focuses on the development and application of novel date-driven optimization and systems theory to quantify and improve human and robot interaction with one another and the environment.  His most recent interests in include design and control of semiautonomous systems, personalized diagnostic and rehabilitative systems and optimization and systems theory.

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