Our Advanced Robotics paper wins Best Paper Award

Our journal paper on mechanical principles of winged self-righting wins the 6th Advanced Robotics Best Paper Award! *Li C, Kessens CC, Fearing RS, Full RJ (2017). Mechanical principles of dynamic terrestrial self-righting using wings, Advanced Robotics, 31, 881-900 (Invited Paper) PDF

Sean Gart starts his job at ARL

Our lab postdoc, Sean Gart, “graduated” from the lab and is starting his permanent job at Army Research Lab as Mechanical Engineer in the Autonomous Systems Division.   As the first member to join the lab, Sean has made crucial contributions to the initial setup and ongoing research program of the lab.   Sean’s excellent…

2017 lab graduates starting grad school & jobs

The following students are starting graduate school this Fall: Mona Gao is starting as PhD student at Berkeley ME Zhiyu Zhang is starting as PhD student at Boston U. Sys. Engr. Jundong Yi is starting as MS student at CMU ME Nansong Yi is starting as MS student at UW ME Changfan Chen is starting…

We received a Beckman Young Investigator Award

Prof. Chen Li is selected as a Beckman Young Investigator. We thank the Arnold and Mable Beckman Foundation for supporting our fundamental research and novel approach.

High school intern Evains Francois won awards at Baltimore Science Fair

Our high school student intern Evains Francois presented his research on cockroach-inspired legged robots at the Baltimore Science Fair and won two awards: Third place award presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the physical sciences Honorable mention award presented by the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Congratulations to Evains (and his graduate student mentor…

Allen Ren and Mona Gao won competitive awards

Allen Ren was selected as a 2018 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars from Carnegie Mellon University. Allen Ren also won a James F. Bell Award for outstanding research and scholarly achievement from JHU’s ME department. Mona Gao won a Robert George Gerstmyer Award for outstanding undergraduate from JHU’s ME department. Congratulations!   Allen in the RISS 2018 Cohort…

We presented at APS March Meeting 2018

Qiyuan, Allen, Ratan, and Tommy are presenting at APS March Meeting in Los Angeles. Mitchel TW, Xuan Q, Kim JS, Chirikjian GS, *Li C (2018), A novel 3-D full body model of snake locomotion in complex 3-D terrains, Bulletin of the American Physical Society 63 Abstract Othayoth R, *Li C (2018), Insects change locomotion modes to traverse 3-D obstacles with…

Our two papers on mechanical principles of dynamical traversal of large gap and bump obstacles are published

More supplemental movies and press release. Download Gap Paper Download Bump Paper Summary of results: 1. Insects and legged robots can rapidly traverse large gap (up to 1 body length) and bump (up to 4 hip height) obstacles at speeds typical of running. 2. For dynamic gap traversal, we developed the first template model for locomotion in a…

We presented at SICB 2018

We presented research at Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) 2018 Meeting in San Francisco on January 4-6. Snakes traversing large step obstacles: kinematics and mechanics Mitchel TW, Gart SW, Kim JS, Chirikjian GS, *Li C Abstract Snakes traversing large step obstacles: behavior, gait, and performance Gart SW, Mitchel TW, *Li C Abstract Cockroaches change locomotor modes…

Ratan Othayoth and Rick Han selected as finalists for SICB 2018 DCB Best Student Paper Award

Ratan Othayoth and Rick Han were selected as 2 of 8 finalists for Best Student Paper Award of Division of Comparative Biomechanics at Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology 2018. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Our journal paper on mechanical principles of dynamic winged self-righting is published

This 2017 Advanced Robotics journal paper is a follow up to our 2016 IROS conference paper. Besides how wing opening magnitude, speed, height, and asymmetry affects the performance of winged dynamic self-righting, it reports additional experimental and modeling results and discussions on: (1) how body mass and mass distribution affects dynamic winged self-righting, and (2) how…

We received a Young Investigator Award from Army Research Office

Prof. Chen Li is selected for an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award.   We thank the Army Research Office (Mechanical Sciences Division) for supporting our fundamental research and novel approach.

2016 lab graduates starting grad school & jobs

The following students are starting graduate school this Fall: Nastasia Winey is starting as PhD student at MIT ME Qihan Xuan is starting as PhD student at JHU ME Zheliang Wang is starting as PhD student at JHU ME Yifu Luo is starting as PhD student at Northwestern ME Yucheng Kang is starting as MS…

We presented at APS March Meeting 2017

Sean, Ratan, Rick, and Scotty presented at American Physical Society March Meeting 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Gart SW, Winey N, Obert RDLT, *Li C (2017), Dynamic traversal of high bumps and large gaps by a small legged robot, Bulletin of the American Physical Society 62 Abstract Othayoth R, Xuan Q, *Li C (2017), Induced vibrations increase performance of…

We presented at SICB 2017

Sean, Ratan, and Rick presented research at Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) 2017 Meeting in New Orleans, LA on January 4-8, in the session on Locomotion: Obstacles and Perturbations Gart SW, *Li C (2017), Dynamic traversal of large gaps and high bumps by cockroaches, Integrative and Comparative Biology 57 Abstract Othayoth R, Xuan Q, *Li C (2017),…

Our research is featured in IEEE Spectrum

Our research on cockroach-inspired winged self-righting robot is freatured in IEEE Spectrum.

Prof. Li presented at IROS 2016

Prof. Li presented a highlight paper on cockroach-inspired winged self-righting robot at IROS 2016 in Daejeon, Korea on Oct 12, 2016.

Our paper is selected as a Highlight of IROS 2016

Our paper on cockroach-inspired winged self-righting robot is accepted and selected as one of 20 highlight papers at IROS 2016 (out of over 800 papers). From Program Committee: “selected as one of the top quality IROS 2016 papers.” Download paper Learn more

We expanded into new lab space

We now have three lab rooms: Hackerman B08C Krieger G16 & G35 We also share animal housing facility in G31 with Noah Cowan’s LIMBS Lab.

Our paper is selected as B&B Highlights of 2015

See B&B Highlights of 2015. “selected for presentation of outstanding new research, receipt of the highest praise from our international referees and the largest number of downloads last year.”

Our lab started

Our lab has started! Our first lab space is Hackerman B08C. Two more lab spaces are under renovation and will be ready mid Spring.

Our discovery of terradynamic streamlining is published

Download paper Learn more Selected press: Inside Science IEEE Spectrum IOP News Discovery News Reuters LiveScience VICE Motherboard

We received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface

Prof. Chen Li is selected for a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. We thank the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for supporting our fundamental research and novel approach.