C.R.A.W.LAB

Welcome

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.

C.R.A.W.LAB?

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 undergraduate student and ARLISS team member Haley for graduating today (12/14/17). Haley was also named the Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate. A huge congratulations to her.

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB M.S. student Daniel for graduating today (12/14/17).

On 11/15/17, Dr. Vaughan was presented with a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Innovator Award for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Even though the actual plaque only bears his name, the award really belongs to the entire lab.

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB student Daniel, who successfully presented his non-thesis M.S. project, titled Control of a Boom Crane Level Luff Through Cable Length Manipulation on 11/3/17.

This week (10/11 — 10/13/17), Dr. Vaughan and C.R.A.W.LAB students Daniel and Gerald all attended the 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Conference in Tysons Corner, VA. Daniel and Gerald both gave their first-ever conference presentation.

Last week (9/12 — 9/16/17), the UL Lafayette ARLISS team traveld to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to compete in ARLISS 2017. Some pictures from the trip can be found at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskQREGFS

This week (8/26 — 8/30/17), Dr. Vaughan is traveling to the 2017 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications to present two C.R.A.W.LAB papers.