Variable Topology Trusses (VTT)

Variable Topology Trusses (VTT)

Variable Topology Trusses (VTT) are a new type of modular self-reconfigurable robot. A VTT is composed of linear actuator modules that are connected to form a truss using reconfigurable joints. 

One application of VTT is to form a temporary support structure to shore up damaged buildings, protecting rescuers during a search and rescue operation.

Underwater Weather

Underwater Weather


The ScalAR lab is collaborating with researchers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Penn to better understand the underwater weather of the Schuylkill River.

 Data gathered will be used for developing data-driven models and adaptive sampling strategies for robots. These efforts will allow us to better understand how to protect rivers, which play a large role in our everyday lives – including drinking water!

GRASP Lab Virtual Facility Tour

GRASP Lab Virtual Facility Tour

A virtual tour through our 21,000 square feet of research facilities.

Virtual GRASP Lab Demo Videos

Virtual GRASP Lab Demo Videos

Origami-inspired robot that swims via jet- propulsion

Origami-inspired robot that swims via jet- propulsion

Underwater swimmers present unique opportunities for using bodily reconfiguration for self-propulsion. Origami-inspired designs are low-cost, fast to fabricate, robust, and can be used to
create compliant mechanisms useful in energy-efficient underwater locomotion.

#GRASPLab


Underwater Swimmers present unique opportunities for using bodily reconfiguration for self-propulsion. Origami-inspired designs are low-cost, fast to fabricate, robust, & can be used to create compliant mechanisms useful in energy-efficient underwater locomotion. #GRASPLab (1/3)

We enjoyed hosting Dr. Michelle Johnson from @PennMedicine in this month's MRRI Visiting Scholar Lecture Series. Watch the recording of her presentation on #robot-assisted #therapy on our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlJQHRgt32s @RehabRobot @GRASPlab #rehabilitation #science

Seminars & Events


Seminars & Events

Recent Publications


Ariella Mansfield*, Douglas G. Macharet, M. Ani Hsieh +

Publisher IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Year 2022

Academics


The GRASP Laboratory incorporates a selective and rigorous robotics program for graduate and doctoral students that boasts a research-focused environment within a distinguished Ivy League university. GRASP students work and learn within an intellectual setting founded on the strength of its academic programs led by an expert faculty.

GRASP Lab by the Numbers


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Years Established

Years Established