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.

We aim to make C.R.A.W.LAB inclusive and respectful to all. For more information, see the C.R.A.W.LAB Code of Conduct page on this site.

Look Around

You can take a look around our lab spaces with one of the webcams linked below. Note: As of October 17, 2018, the webcams are only viewable on campus. We're still working on a solution.

Recent News

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB undergraduate students Jacob D, Jacob R, and Lane for graduating today (12/14/18). Jacob D was also named the Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate. A huge congratulations to him.

Recently (10/03-10/14/18), Dr. Vaughan visited the Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China. He presented a series of lectures on C.R.A.W.LAB research and one introducing the Chinese students to UL Lafayette. The slides and audio from Dr. Vaughan's presentations can be found at a webpage for the lecture series. Dr. Vaughan and his host, Dr. Yizhuo (Joe) Zhang, also discussed research collaborations and the possibility of future student exchanges. Pictures from the trip, including some sightseeing in the Beijing area can be found in a flickr album for the trip.

Last week (09/11-09/14/18), Dr. Vaughan traveled with several students the 20th ARLISS competition. It was the 5th time that UL Lafayette has fielded a team in the contest. A huge thanks to the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium (LaSPACE) for supporting the team. You can see some pictures from the trip in the ARLISS - 2018 flickr album.

Last week (06/26-06/28/18), recent C.R.A.W.LAB graduate, Daniel, presented some of our work at the 2018 American Controls Conference in Milwaukee, WI. He presented two papers. One was titled Eliminating Nonzero Initial States in Flexible Systems through Specified Insensitivity Input Shaping, co-authored by Dr. Seong-wook Hong. The other, co-authored by another C.R.A.W.LAB alumnus, Minh, was titled Designing Input Shapers Using Reinforcement Learning.

Recently (06/26-07/02/18), Dr. Vaughan traveled to Budapest, Hungary to present some of our research at the 14th IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems. The paper was co-authored by recent C.R.A.W.LAB M.S. graduate, Daniel, and titled Concurrent Design of Linear Control with Input Shaping for a Two-Link Flexible Manipulator Arm. Some pictures from the trip can be found in a lab flickr album for the trip.