At the SMART Lab, we conduct both basic and applied research on robotics with regard to its scientific and engineering aspects, and combine practical and theoretical approaches to solve real-world problems. Our research topics include Multi-Robot Systems, Human-Robot Interaction, Robot Learning, and Robot Design & Control. We focus on design, planning, control, and algorithms in these areas, and apply them to field robotics and to assistive technology and robotics. Recently, we have been working on developing algorithms and systems that allow multiple robots to collaborate with each other in a distributed way and to work with humans as a multi-human-multi-robot team. We have also studied how learning methods can enable robots to flexibly interact with any humans, in any situation, anywhere. To learn more about our specific projects and research, please visit the links on the left of this page and our publication section.
Our YouTube channel and GitHub repositories offer additional information about our past and current projects, including demo videos and programming codes. To access these resources, click the logos below!
Current Funded Projects in the SMART Lab are:
- FW-HTF-P: Interactive Multi-Human Multi-Remote-Robot Operations for the Future of Construction Work, Role: Co-PI (PI: Jin Wei-Kocsis), Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $150,000 (10/01/2022 - 09/30/2023). (Link)
- CAREER: Adaptive Human Multi-robot Systems, Role: PI, Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $500,000 (02/15/2019 - 01/31/2024). (Link)
- CPS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Closed Loop Sustainable Precision Animal Agriculture, Role: Co-PI (PI: Richard Voyles), Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Amount: $541,448 (09/01/2018 - 08/31/2022). (Link)
- PFI-RP: Partnerships for Innovation in Interoperable Building Information Modeling Technology for Applications in Automated Building Code Compliance Checking and Modular Construction Automation, Role: Co-PI (PI: Jiansong Zhang), Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $1,108,003 (09/15/2018 - 08/31/2023). (Link)
I/UCRC Phase I: Robots and Sensors for the Human
Well-being, Role: Senior Personnel (PI: Richard Voyles),
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $637,202
(09/15/2014 - 08/31/2022). (Link)
Past Funded Projects are:
- Detecting Humans’ Adaptive Behavior Using Deep Learning Application to Provide Active Thermal Comfort Controls in Occupancy Spaces, Role: Co-PI (PI: Kyubyung Kang), Sponsor: Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (11/04/2021 - 06/30/2022).
- 2021-22 COVID-19 Research Disruption Fund, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $25,000 (10/05/2021 - 04/30/2022).
PRF Research Grants: Human-Delivery Robot Social Interaction for Last-mile Delivery, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $31,119 (05/10/2020 - 09/15/2021).
Reconfigurable Cyber-Physical Simulators for Multi-Robot Systems, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (08/01/2020 - 06/30/2021).
Mobile Crowd Sensing for Sustainability Challenges: A Behavioral Approach to Inducing User Participation, Role: Co-PI (PI: David J. Yu), Sponsor: Purdue Center for the Environment, Amount: $15,000 (06/01/2018 - 06/30/2019).