RADS – Robotics, Autonomous & Dynamical Systems

The RADS Thrust Area is organized based on very strong core competencies in dynamic systems and control, supplemented by knowledge of an array of topics, including robotics, mechatronics, automotive engineering, energy harvesting, and autonomous systems. It offers deeper understanding of modeling, estimation and control of dynamical systems to STEM majors and other students with an interest in engineering, science and technology.

It will teach the students to create systems that automate manufacturing, transportation and health care; and can learn, adapt, make decisions, identify, estimate, and control systems while partially harvesting the energy it needs to function.

Applications such as those in robotics and autonomous systems which represent key areas of scientific and engineering endeavor now and in the future, will have immense societal impact, pervading all areas of society including medicine, transport, and manufacturing.

With several state-of-the-art research centers and laboratories, the cross- and multi-disciplinary re-search between faculty and students of the RADS Thrust Area and other mechanical engineering thrust areas has positively impacted the industry and helped students practice a hands-on minds-on approach. It is our intent to further this tradition by developing and expanding these inter- and multi-disciplinary areas, and pursuing knowledge through goal-oriented research. In this way mechanical engineering serves not only as an educator but also as a regional economic engine.

RADS Areas of Research Study

Acoustics and Noise Control
Kinematics and Mechanisms
Multibody Dynamics
System Dynamics and Control

Specific research applications include:

Autonomous Vehicles and Systems
Energy Harvesting
Railroad Engineering
Robotics Sensors and Actuators
Smart Structures
Structural Health Monitoring
Tire Research
Vehicle Dynamics and Engineering

Faculty with RADS as Primary Research Area

Kaveh Akbari Hamed
Alan Asbeck
Oumar Barry
Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
Ricardo Burdisso
Azim Eskandarian
John Ferris
Chris Fuller
Tomonari Furukawa
Mary Kasarda
Kevin Kochersberger
Erik Komendera
Andy Kurdila
Alexander Leonessa
Robert Parker
Michael Roan
Corina Sandu
Steve Southward
Saied Taheri
Pablo Tarazaga
Al Wicks
Lei Zuo

Faculty with RADS as a Secondary Research Area

Pinar Acar
Mehdi Ahmadian
Bahareh Behkam
Jan Helge Bohn
Jiangtao Cheng
Tom Diller
Warren Hardy
Ronald Kennedy
Joseph Meadows
Rolf Mueller
Douglas Nelson
Walter O’Brien
Brian Vick
Bob West
Chris Williams