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 March 27, 2018, 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 Daniel for graduating today (05/11/18).

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB undergraduate students Andrew and Juan for graduating today (05/11/18).

Congratulations to C.R.A.W.LAB student Daniel, who successfully defended his M.S. thesis, titled Attenuating Vibration through Input Shaping and Feedback Control Techniques, on 03/26/18.

C.R.A.W.LAB alumnus Matt was recently featured in a Job Spotlight for his current employer (and friend of the lab), ASV.

Earlier this year, the lab was featured in an article by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report covering ways that automation and robotics can improve the safety of inspection and maintenance.

This week (1/14—1/21/18), Dr. Vaughan will be visiting Kumoh National Institute of Technology to present a series of lectures on Modern Approaches to System Dynamics and Control.

For the next six weeks, starting on 1/4/18, the C.R.A.W.LAB will be hosting three students visiting from Kumoh National Institute of Technology. We hope they have a great stay here in Lafayette.