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Dejun Guo, Wins 2017 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) Best Student Paper Award

DARC Lab Ph.D. student, Dejun Guo (pictured on the right), advised by associate professor Kam K. Leang (pictured on the left), won the 2017 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) Best Student Paper Award, held October 11-13, 2017 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. This conference and competition represent […]

Kingstedt, Leang, and McCarter Receive $195K RIF Award for New Ultra-high Speed 1 Million Frames per Second Camera

Mechanical Engineering assistant professor, Owen Kingstedt (principle investigator – PI), Mechanical Engineering associate professor Kam Leang (co-PI), and Mining Engineering McKinnon Endowed Chair Professor Kim McCarter (co-PI) have been awarded a Research Instrumentation Fund (RIF) grant from the Utah Office of the Vice President for Research. The […]

New research paper on visual-servo control for aerial robots published in J. Nonlinear Science

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Dejun Guo for publishing his work on visual-servo control for aerial robots in the special issue “Robotics: mechanics and control of locomotion” of the Journal of Nonlinear Science.

Jim Carrico and Dejun Guo ICRA 2017 papers accepted

Jim Carrico’s and Dejun Guo’s ICRA 2017 papers were recently accepted. The papers are: J. D. Carrico, K. J. Kim and K. K. Leang, “3D-Printed Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Soft Crawling Robot”, IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, 2017, to appear. D. Guo, H. Wang, W. Chen, […]

New article on automatic collision avoidance for UAVs published in Autonomous Robots

New article entitled, “On-board model-based automatic collision avoidance: application in remotely-piloted unmanned aerial vehicles”, by D. Bareiss, J. R. Bourne and K. K. Leang was recently published in Autonomous Robots. The article can be accessed by following this link: http://rdcu.be/oOIG An evaluation version of the article can […]

Recent work on automatic collision avoidance for UAVs presented at 2016 International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2016)

Recent work on automatic collision avoidance for UAVs presented at 2016 International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2016): Daman Bareiss, Jur van den Berg, Jake Abbott, Kam K. Leang (2016): Study of Improved Pilot Performance using Automatic Collision Avoidance for Tele-operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. […]

Postdoctoral Position Available in Aerial Robotics Based Chemical Source Detection and Localization

A postdoctoral position is available in aerial robotics based chemical source detection and localization at the DARC Lab.  Applicants should have a PhD in engineering (e.g., mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc.) or computer science, with a strong background in robotics and autonomous systems, specifically motion planning (including experience with collision avoidance), […]

DARC Lab and Nevada NanoTech Systems receive U.S ARMY STTR Phase II contract for autonomous chemical sensing UAV

DARC Lab and Nevada NanoTech Systems receive U.S ARMY STTR Phase II contract for autonomous chemical sensing UAV.  The two-year $1M project is entitled, “Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels”.  The goal of the proposed program is the development of a hover-capable, flying robot with integrated chemical sensing, […]

William Nagel wins Best Session Presentation Award at ACC 2016

William Nagel wins Best Session Presentation Award for paper entitled, “Master- Slave Control with Hysteresis Inversion for Dual-Stage Nanopositioning Systems”, at the American Control Conference in Boston, MA, July 6-8, 2016. ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on motion control of a piezo-based dual-stage nanopositioner where hysteresis and dynamic effects dominate […]

Daman Bareiss successfully defended his Ph.D.! Congrats Daman!

Daman Bareiss successfully defended his Ph.D.!  Congrats Daman! Daman is now off to work with Omron Adept Technologies, Inc. Model-Based Collision Avoidance for Dynamic Single- and Multi-Robot Systems: Theory and Application in Ground and Aerial Robots Committee Members: Dr. Kam K. Leang (Chair), Dr. Jur van den Berg, Dr. Jake […]

Chris Pratt’s ICRA paper and video make the final cut of ICRA 2016 Video Trailer Episode I — Flying Robots!

Chris Pratt and Prof. Kam Leang’s ICRA paper and video make the final cut of ICRA 2016 Video Trailer Episode I — Flying Robots! Paper is entitled, “Dynamic Underactuated Flying-Walking (DUCK) Robot”.  The work will be presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), which […]

Kam Leang becomes Associate Editor of Elsevier Mechatronics Journal

Kam Leang recently joins the editorial board of Elsevier Mechatronics Journal as an Associate Editor. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/mechatronics/  

Matthew Givens receives UU’s UROP grant to work on ground effects for micro UAVs

Congratulations to DARC Lab undergraduate researcher Matthew Givens who recently received funding from the University of Utah’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to work on project entitled, “Sensorless Obstacle Detection using Ground Effects for Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”.  The UROP will provide Matthew with $1200 to support his work […]

Leang and collaborators receive new $3.8M NSF funding to work on electroactive polymer materials for soft robotics

Kam Leang in collaboration with UNLV-lead team and other researchers receive new $3.8M NSF funding to work on electroactive polymer materials for soft robotics. More details can be found here.

Congratulations to Jim Carrico and Nick Traeden who are winners of the 2015 SMASIS Conf. Best Student Paper Award!

Congratulations to Jim Carrico and Nick Traeden, winners of 2015 ASME SMASIS (Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems) Conference Student Best Paper Award, held September 21-23, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jim and Nick’s work describes a new 3D printing technique for fabricating ionic polymer-metal composite actuators […]

Leang receives new NSF grant to work on temporal-spatial control of dual-stage nanopositioning systems

Prof. Leang and collaborators from industry (Molecular Vista, Inc. (MVI)) and Villanova University (Prof. Garrett Clayton) received a new NSF grant ($305,912) from Sensors, Dynamics, & Control program to study new design and control system approaches for the development of advanced nanopositioning systems for nanoscale science and engineering applications.  More […]

Joseph Melville receives DoD SMART Scholarship for graduate studies

Congratulations to Joseph Melville for receiving the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. The scholarship will fully support Joseph for two years as he pursues his graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the DARC Lab. The program aims to increase the number […]

DARC Lab featured on PAC-12 Networks

DARC Lab featured on PAC-12 Networks, “Conference of Champions: Utah”. Link to video: http://pac-12.com/videos/conference-champions-utah-2015

Kam featured on College of Engineering Spotlight

Kam featured on University of Utah, College of Engineering Spotlight: http://www.coe.utah.edu/blog/2015/04/22/kam-leang-robots-rule/

Photos of DARC Lab featured in Deseret News

Photos of students working the DARC Lab featured in a Deseret News article on Sunday, April 4, 2015.   Link to the full article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865625733/Patching-the-pipeline-Educators-businesses-call-for-Utah-tech-talent.html

Visit our new YouTube Channel to see videos

Visit our new YouTube Channel to see videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLK_i6nruvoFMmQ8RE00GJQ

New SBIR Phase I grant from Dept. of Energy — DARC Lab and MVI collaboration

The DARC Lab and Molecular Vista, Inc., recently received a new SBIR Phase I grant from the Dept. of Energy.  The project title is, “Video-rate atomic force microscope for functional gas and liquid environments”.  The focus on the project is to develop a high-speed atomic force microscope […]

Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) donates nanopositioning systems to DARC Lab

Electro Scientific Industries (ESI), based out of Portland, OR, recently donated two precision nanopositioning stages to the DARC Lab to support collaborative research work.  The work will focus on designing high-performance digital control systems for nanopositioning.  A big thanks to M. Peeples at ESI for supporting the […]

Molecular Vista, Inc. donates NEW AFM system to DARC Lab

Molecular Vista, Inc. (MVI), based out of San Jose, CA, donates a new atomic force microscope system (VistaScope) valued at $200,000 to DARC Lab.  MVI designs, develops, and provides tools that allow its customers to probe and understand matter at the molecular level through quantitative visualization.   […]

Kam interviewed by dronesandsociety.org

Kam shared his views about the potential applications and challenges of aerial robots. Read the full interview here: http://www.dronesandsociety.org/?p=216 

DARC Lab graduate student Daman Bareiss interviewed by dronesandsociety.org

DARC Lab graduate student Daman Bareiss interviewed by dronesandsociety.org. Read the full interview here: http://www.dronesandsociety.org/?p=203

DARC Lab featured in Engineering Day video

The new DARC Lab opened its doors for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 11 to offer tours to local high school students and their parents. About 500 high school students and their parents attended the University of Utah College Engineering Day to learn about engineering and […]

New publication in Scientific Reports “Nanothorn electrodes for ionic polymer-metal composite artificial muscles” with Prof. Kim’s group at UNLV

Nanothorn electrodes for ionic polymer-metal composite artificial muscles V. Palmre, D. Pugal, K. J. Kim, K. K. Leang, K. Asaka, A. Aabloo Scientific Reports, 4 : 6176, 2014. ABSTRACT Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) have recently received tremendous interest as soft biomimetic actuators and sensors in various bioengineering […]

New graduate students join the lab

The lab welcomes four new graduate students starting Fall 2014 semester: Daman Bareiss Christopher Pratt Balakumar Sundaralingam Nick Traeden Rajat Tyagi

New NSF Grant: PFI:BIC: Enhanced Situational Awareness Using Unmanned Autonomous Systems for Disaster Remediation (Project period: 08.01.14 – 07.31.17)

Kam Leang and collaborators from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Drone America LLC, SpecTIR, and the Washoe county public safety sector receive funding from the National Science Foundation, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program, to […]

New NSF Grant: Collaborative Research: High-speed AFM Imaging of Dynamics on Biopolymers Through Non-raster Scanning (Project period: 08.15.14 – 08.14.17)

Kam Leang and collaborators ( Drs. Andersson and Moore from Boston University (lead)) receive new National Science Foundation grant entitled, “Collaborative Research: High-speed AFM Imaging of Dynamics on Biopolymers Through Non-raster Scanning”.  The three-year project starts August 15, 2014 The focus of the project is to develop […]

Monolithic IPMC Fins for Propulsion and Maneuvering in Bioinspired Underwater Robotics

Joel J. Hubbard, Maxwell Fleming, Viljar Palmre, David Pugal, Kwang J. Kim, and Kam K. Leang* IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, VOL. 39, NO. 3, JULY 2014 ABSTRACT: Emerging bioinspired underwater systems, such as autonomous ocean mapping and surveillance vehicles, that maneuver through their environment by mimicking […]

Dr. Leang joins the University of Utah’s Mechanical Engineering Department

On July 1, 2014, Dr. Kam K. Leang joins the University of Utah’s Mechanical Engineering Department, robotics group, as an Associate Professor.  He plans to continue is research on control systems, mechatronics, and robotics.  He is excited to return to his alma mater and make an impact. […]

Range-based control of dual-stage nanopositioning systems

G. C. Clayton, C. J. Dudley, K. K. Leang (2014), Review of Scientific Instruments, 85 (4), pp. 045003 (6 pages). ABSTRACT: A novel dual-stage nanopositioner control framework is presented that considers range constraints. Dual-stage nanopositioners are becoming increasingly popular in applications such as scanning probe microscopy due to […]

Kam Leang receives Nevada Board of Regents’ Rising Researcher Award

  Dr. Kam Leang receives Nevada Board of Regents’ Rising Researcher Award!  The Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Awards recognize early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research.  These awards are given annually to one faculty member each from UNLV, UNR, and DRI. Dr. Kam […]

easyLab and Nevada NanoTech receive U.S. ARMY funding to develop flying robotic sensor

With a new contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Nevada, Reno easyLab is partnering with NevadaNano to develop a robotic flying vehicle that can be used for environmental health and safety monitoring of large areas. The project combines the autonomous systems expertise of Dr. Leang […]

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