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 January 30, 2017, the webcams are only viewable on campus. We're still working on a solution.

Recent News

We have long held ourselves to standards of behavior that are inclusive and respectful to all. We recently posted a code of conduct that makes these expectations explicit by outlining the behavior expected of all C.R.A.W.LAB members.

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB M.S. student Josh for graduating tomorrow (12/16/16).

Tomorrow (12/9/16), Dr. Vaughan and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Maritime RobotX team begin their travel to the 2016 Maritime RobotX Challenge, in Honolulu, HI. Look for updates here throughout the week.

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.