Welcome to the lab of Dr. Joshua Vaughan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Our research includes a variety of controls and robotics related work, including vibration control, input shaping, crane control, human-machine interfaces, mobile robotics, mine detection, and inspection robots.
Yes, we're following a long line of labs doing great work that have acronym names, such as the GRITS Lab at Georgia Tech and the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. In our case, we're paying homage to a delicious creature from our Louisiana home, the crawfish. For us, C.R.A.W.LAB is the home to research focusing on Controls, Robotics, and Automation, With respect for human interaction.
You can take a look around our lab spaces with one of the webcams linked below. Note: As of March 15, 2015, the webcams are only viewable on campus. We're working on a solution.
In the most recent UL Lafayette Research Reception, hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development and held on 11/17/16, Dr. Vaughan was named the College of Engineering Rising Star for the 2014 — 2016 academic years. The award is "intended to recognize a junior faculty member showing great promise in research, scholarship and mentorship". Dr. Vaughan also received an Innovator Award, which is "intended to recognize those who disclosed technology in 2014-2016 academic years with the potential for commercial success and economic development".
On 11/3/16, C.R.A.W.LAB student Josh successfully defended his M.S. Thesis titled, A Simplified Model of Heave in Landing Strings. A huge congratulations to him.
On 10/31/16, Dr. Vaughan was a member of a panel discussing Perspectives on Big Data for Internet of Things, hosted by the Center for Visual & Decision Informatics.
This week (10/12-10/14/16), C.R.A.W.LAB student Forrest and Dr. Vaughan will be attending the Dynamic Systems and Controls Conference (DSCC) in Minneapolis, MN. Forrest will be presenting a paper on which he was the lead author, and Dr. Vaughan will present a paper on which C.R.A.W.LAB alumnus Bobby is the lead author.
The C.R.A.W.LAB again competed in ARLISS, which was held 9/12—9/16 this year. This year's entry included an improved core platform, a more-advanced control system, and expandable wheels. Pictures can be found at https://flic.kr/s/aHskC3FrAj.
Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB students Bobby and Yasmeen for graduating on August 5th.