Research

ARA Lab would like to acknowledge supports from NSF, NASA, DOT, and UNR.

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Current Projects

Research Area 1: Automated Civil Infrastructure Inspection with Robotic Systems

Research Area 2:  Multi-Robot Cooperative Control and Learning

Research Area 3:  Deep Learning Framework for Robot Manipulators – Advanced Manufacturing

Research Area 4: . Development of Intelligent Wheelchair (iChair)

 

 

 

 

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Past Projects

Research at Rutgers University

Project 1. Development of Robotics Assisted Bridge Inspection Tool (RABIT).

Project 2. Development of Rehabilitation Robotic System for Bridge Deck Crack Detection and Healing

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Research at Oklahoma State University

Project 1: Distributed Sensing, Learning and Control in Mobile Sensor Networks

Project 2: Develop a Tracking Algorithm for the Low Accurate Model of the Radio Controlled Car Like Robot

Project 3: Robust Adaptive Control  for a Nonlinear Model of Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMC)

Project 4: Autonomous Cracks Detection and Complete Coverage Path Planning Using Mobile Robot

 

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Federal Grants

13. NASA Space Grant:  Deep Reinforcement Learning Framework for Robotic Manipulation. Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure. Amount: $45,000. Duration: 8 months: September 1, 2018- April 9, 2019. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator.

12. NASA Seed RID Grant: Leveraging human electrocardiogram signals for UAV security enhancement. Nevada NASA Seed Research Infrastructure Development. Amount: $50,000. Duration: 10 months: September 1, 2018- June 30, 2019. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator.

11. NASA Space Grant: Robotics and Big Data Curriculum for Undergraduate and Graduate Students of UNR College of Engineering. Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure. Amount: $50,000. Duration: 8 months: July 1, 2018- April 9, 2019. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator.

10. NASA-Space Grant: Robotics and Big Data Curriculum for Undergraduate and Graduate Students of UNR College of Engineering, $50,000. Duration: 1 year: July 2018- June 2019. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator.

9. NSF RET Site Grant: Cross-disciplinary Research Experiences on Smart Cities for Nevada Teachers: Integrating Big Data into Robotics, $581,073. Duration: 3 years: Sept 2018- Aug 2021. Dr. La’s role: Senior Personnel.

8. NSF Grant: REU Site: Collaborative Human-Robot  Interaction, $360,000. Duration 3 years: Feb. 2018-Jan. 2021. Dr. La’s role: Senior Personnel.

7. NASA-Space Grant: Collaborative Control of Multiple UAVs for Wildfire Tracking and Monitoring, $30,000. Duration 1 year: 2017-2018. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator.

6. DOT-UTC Grant: Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE). Department of Transportation. UNR portion: $725,000, Duration 5 years: 2016-2022. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator. Link

5. NASA-Seed Grant Award: Nevada NASA EPSCoR Progam: UGV-UAV Hybrid System for Unstructured Environment Exploration, $83,523. Duration 1 year: 2017-2018. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator.

4. NSF-IIP: Advanced 3D Software for Ground Penetrating Radars, $50,000. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator. Link

3. NSF-IIP: Drone and Robotic Systems for Civil Infrastructure Inspection and Environmental Monitoring, $50,000. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator. Link

2. NSF-IIP: Development and Commercialization of Bridge Inspection Robotic Systems, $50,000. Dr. La’s role: Principal Investigator. Link

1.NSF-IIS: Collaborative Research: Minimally Invasive Robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation for Bridge Decks (Bridge-MINDER), $928,499. Dr. La’s role: Co-Principal Investigator. Link