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 13, 2018, the webcams are only viewable on campus. We're still working on a solution.

Recent News

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.

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.