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

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB M.S. student Forrest for graduating last week (08/04/17).

On 5/31/17, C.R.A.W.LAB student Forrest successfully defended his M.S. Thesis titled, Design and Control of a Planar Cable Suspended Parallel Manipulator. A huge congratulations to him.

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB M.S. student Nicole for graduating (05/12/17).

On 3/30, C.R.A.W.LAB student Nicole successfully presented her non-thesis M.S. project, titled Command Generation for Reducing Vibration of a Cable-Driven Parallel Manipulator for the Inspection of Vertical Structures. A huge congratulations to her.

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.