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

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.

Dr. Vaughan and C.R.A.W.LAB students Nicole and Yasmeen attended the International Conference on Motion and Vibration Control (MOVIC) from July 3 — 6, 2016, held at the University of Southampton's Highfield Campus in Southampton, England. Nicole presented a paper titled Modeling and control of a cable-suspended robot for inspection of vertical structures.

For the next three weeks (starting 06/16/16), C.R.A.W.LAB student Forrest will be traveling to Tokyo to deliver some of our research to our partner, HiBot.