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.

Large-scale Autonomous Flight with Real-time Semantic SLAM under Dense Forest Canopy

Large-scale Autonomous Flight with Real-time Semantic SLAM under Dense Forest Canopy

The Kumar Lab is developing autonomous flying robots that can fly under forest canopies and between rows of trees in farms to provide tree growers and farmers with the necessary information for operations in agriculture and forestry. Specifically, robots explore in unstructured, GPS-denied environments without radio signals and create semantic maps

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


Thank you @MigOnMars for a great talk and inspiring our students. Enjoyed hearing the history and challenges of Mars missions - orbiters, landers, rovers, and sample retrieval - and your advise to the students emphasizing fundamentals and problem understanding. @GRASPlab

Our Summer Seminar Series continues next week, Tuesday, with Ph.D. Candidate J. Diego Caporale. This seminar will present Caporale's research on the benefits of adding novel internal degrees of freedom to quadrupeds, as well as investigating spinal degrees of freedom and more!

An exciting roundup of Penn Summer Academy which concluded with a Robotic Musical Performance! #GRASPLab
https://www.grasp.upenn.edu/news/penn-summer-academy-concludes-with-robotic-musical-performance%ef%bf%bc/

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.

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