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, and we explore problems of design, planning and control, and algorithms in these areas and apply them to field robotics and to assistive technology and robotics. Recently, we have worked on designing algorithms and systems to enable 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. Please visit the links on the left of this page and the publication section for further information regarding specific projects and research ongoing in the SMART Lab.
The SMART Lab operates its own YouTube Channel where you can watch lab's past and current project demo videos and its introductory videos. Also, the lab operates its own GitHub repositories where you can check out and download lab's past and current project programming codes. To visit our YouTube Channel and GitHub repositories, 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).