Research

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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: SLAM and Security for Autonomous Systems

Research Area 5: . 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

   20. NASA Space Grant:

Hung M. La (Co-PI) and Jun Zhang (PI): An Artificial Muscle-powered Versatile Robotic Grasper. Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure. Amount: $49,000. Duration: 9 months: August 1, 2019- April 9, 2020.

  1. NSF Grant: NSF-PFI-TT: 1919127:

Hung M. La (PI). PFI-TT: Autonomous Robotic Systems for Bridge Inspection and Evaluation. NSF PFI-Partnerships for Innovation Program.  Amount: $250,000. Duration: 2 years: August 2019- July 2021.

  1. NASA Rapid Response Research:

Hung M. La (Co-PI), Tin Nguyen (PI): Multi-cohort, Pathway-level Analysis of Spaceflight Disorders. NASA Rapid Response Research Cooperative Agreement Notice (R3-CAN) NNH18ZHA005. Kennedy Space Center, Florida.  Amount: $100,000. Duration: 1 year: August 1, 2019- July 31, 2020.

  1. NSF CAREER Award: NSF-IIS:1846513

Hung M. La (PI). CAREER: Less Obstructive Vital Evaluation-inspection Robots for Bridges (Bridge-LOVER). NSF Robust Intelligence: Faculty Early Career Development Program.  Amount: $500,000. Duration: 5 years: June 2019- May 2024.

  1. Industry Grant:

Hung M. La (PI): Machine Learning for Cardiac Signal Filtering. Olea Sensor Networks. Amount: $11,864. Duration: 4 months: June 2019- September 2019.

  1. Industry Grant:

Hung M. La (SP), David Feil-Seifer (PI), Adam Kirn (Co-PI), et al.: Engineering and Robotics Teachers’ Training Nevada. Tesla. Amount: $225,586. Duration: 1 year: April 2019- Mar 2020.

  1. Industry Grant:

Hung M. La (PI) Highly Accurate Image Processing for Concrete Images. Japan Nine Sigma, under Penta-Ocean Constructions Co., LTD. Amount: $150,000. Duration: 1.5 years: April 2019- October 2020.

  1. NASA Space Grant:

Hung M. La (PI): 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.

  1. NASA Seed RID Grant:

Hung M. La (PI), David Feil-Seifer (Co-PI): 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.

  1. NASA Space Grant:

Hung M. La (PI), David Feil-Seifer (Co-PI), and Tin Nguyen (Co-PI): NVSCG: 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.

  1. NSF RET Grant:

Hung M. La (SP), Kostas Alexis (PI), and Lei Yang (Co-PI), et al.: RET Site: Cross-disciplinary Research Experiences on Smart Cities for Nevada Teachers: Integrating Big Data into Robotics. NSF. Amount: $581,073. Duration: 3 years: Sept 2018- Aug 2021.

  1. NSF REU Grant:

Hung M. La (SP), David Feil-Seifer (PI), Shamik Sengupta (Co-PI), Monica Nicolescu (SP) and Kostas Alexis (SP): REU Site: Collaborative Human-Robot Interaction. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Amount: $360,000. Duration: 3 years: Feb 2018- Jan 2021.

  1. NASA Space Grant:

Hung M. La (PI), David Feil-Seifer (Co-PI): Collaborative Control of Multiple UAVs for Wildfire Tracking and Monitoring. Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure. Amount: $30,000. Duration: 10 months: July 2017- April 2018.

  1. US-DOT Grant:

Hung M. La (PI at UNR), Sushil Louis (Co-PI at UNR), Genda Chen (Lead PI at Missouri S&T), Paul Oh (PI at UNLV), Yang Wang (PI at Georgia Tech), Anil Agrawal (PI at CUNY), George Hearn (PI at Univ. of Colorado Boulder): Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE). US Department of Transportation. Total amount: $7M. UNR portion: $721,995. Duration 5 years and 10 months: November 30, 2016 – September 30, 2022.

  1. NASA Seed RID Grant:

Hung M. La (PI), David Feil-Seifer (Co-PI) and Paul Oh (Co-PI at UNLV): UGV-UAV Hybrid System for Unstructured Environment Exploration. Nevada NASA Seed Research Infrastructure Development. Amount: $83,523. UNR portion $73,523. Duration: 1 year: September 2016- August 2017.

     5. Nevada NASA Space Consortium Grant:

M. La (Co-PI), Dave Feil-Seifer (PI), Monica Nicolescu (co-PI), Logan Yliniemi (co-PI): Undergraduate and Graduate Robotics Curriculum for UNR College of Engineering. Nevada NASA Space Consortium. Amount: $76,568. Duration: 1 year: July 2016 – June 2017.

     4. NSF Grant: NSF-IIP-1639092

Hung M. La (PI). ICorps: Advanced 3D Software for Ground Penetrating Radars. NSF- Innovation Corps Program (ICorps). Amount: $50,000; 1.5 years: Apr. 2016- Sept. 2017.

     3. NSF Grant: NSF-IIP-1559942

M. La (PI). I-Corps Team: Drone and Robotic Systems for Civil Infrastructure Inspection and Environmental Monitoring. NSF- Innovation Corps Program (ICorps). Amount: $50,000; 11 months: Nov. 2015- Sept. 2016.

     2. NSF Grant: NSF-IIP-1535716

Hung M. La (PI). ICorps Team: Development and Commercialization of Bridge Inspection Robotic Systems. NSF- Innovation Corps Program (ICorps). Amount: $50,000; 6 months: Apr. 2015- Sept. 2015.

     1. NSF Grant: NSF-NRI-1426828

 Hung M. La (Co-PI), Jingang Yi (PI at Rutgers), Nenad Gucunski (Co-PI at Rutgers) and Dezhen Song (PI at Texas A&M). NRI: Collaborative: Minimally Invasive Robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation for Bridge Decks (Bridge-MINDER). NSF- National Robotics Initiative (NRI). Amount: $928,499; 4 years: Aug. 2014- August. 2019.