Student-related news

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:

DARC Lab graduate student Daman Bareiss interviewed by

DARC Lab graduate student Daman Bareiss interviewed by Read the full interview here:

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 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

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 […]

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 […]

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