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.

Look Around

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.

  • Camera 1 — Alternates Between our 3D printer and entrance to Rougeou 110
  • Camera 2 — HiBot CRAWler and Graduate Student offices
  • Camera 3 — View of the MCHE201 Design Studio

Recent News

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB student Jarmarquis and all the other UL Lafayette graduates today (12/18).

This week (11/16), Dr. Vaughan is presenting some C.R.A.W.LAB research on crane workspace mapping using scanning laser rangefinders at the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Houston, TX. The lead author on the paper is C.R.A.W.LAB alum Beau Domingue, who completed the work as part of a MCHE470 special topics course.

On 11/24, the final contest for MCHE201: Introduction to Engineering Design will be held in Oliver Hall, starting at 4:30pm. You’re all invited! See the full invitation for details and how to RSVP.

Today (10/29), Dr. Vaughan presented the research of C.R.A.W.LAB alumni Dare and Sazzad at the 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

On Thursday, October 22, the first round of the Fall 2015 MCHE201 contest was held. In this round, each student built a device to compete. Pictures from the contest are available at the class Flickr album. More details can be found on the class page.