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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Robotics/Controls

 

Since 2010, the National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative has focused on facilitating humans and robots working together, often called co-robotics. As the past two decades have witnessed the expansion of mobile communications into every part of our lives, robotics is poised to do the same — from self-driving cars to medical procedures, from home health care for the elderly to agriculture, and from manufacturing to retail services.

WSU MME faculty are focused on research in many of the robotic technologies that will soon transition co-robots from the lab to everyday life:

  • Long, slender, compliant medical devices (Swensen)
  • Understanding swarms of people, self-driving cars, and drones (Jerath)
  • Flexible sensing (Gozen)
  • Automated fruit picking and nondestructive inspection (Mo)
  • Estimation and control of highly complex systems (Jerath)
  • Smart material actuators (Gozen & Swensen)
  • Tunably-compliant soft robotics (Swensen)

Robotic Swarms

Topics in Robotics/Controls

  • Self-organized dynamics in complex systems
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Connected and autonomous vehicles
  • System reliability and prognostics
  • Robotic ensembles
  • Medical robotics – steerable needles and compliant devices
  • Modular robotics – compliant ensembles and smart materials in robotics

Faculty in Robotics/Controls

Display NameContact InformationPhoto
Jerath, Kshitij
Assistant Professor
kshitij.jerath@wsu.edu
509-335-8435
EME 147
Pullman
Mo, Changki
Associate Professor
changki.mo@tricity.wsu.edu
509-372-7296
Floyd 134J
Tri-Cities
Swensen, John P
Assistant Professor
john.swensen@wsu.edu
509-335-1031
Dana 239E
Pullman