Facilities

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The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory is a research facility within the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania and housed within two locations on campus. The GRASP Lab’s mission is the creation and integration of knowledge through scholarly research, entrepreneurship and innovation with two facets:

• The design and delivery of robotics education and training of high caliber students to become leaders in robotics.

• Basic research to advance our fundamental understanding of robots and intelligent systems and technology development to be a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in robotics.

Currently, the GRASP Lab is comprised of 16 faculty members, 120+ PhD and 140+ Robotics Master’s graduate students and over 50 undergraduate students, along with numerous research staff either full time or in a collaborative presence within the lab, thus creating an interdisciplinary lab dedicated to research and education in robotic and intelligent systems. The faculty and students belong to several different SEAS departments, including Computer and Information Science (CIS), Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM), and Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE). The GRASP Lab with it’s two locations is able to provide both space for experiments and significant computing power for modeling and testing as well as electrical and mechanical manufacturing and prototyping machinery. In addition, GRASP’s diverse researchers provide expertise to fuse theory, simulation, and practice into working systems. 

GRASP at Levine is in the heart of SEAS, which lies at the prominent northeast corner of The University of Pennsylvania's campus. It is a vibrant, collaborative environment that fosters interactions between students, research staff and faculty from the departments of computer and information science, electrical and systems engineering and mechanical engineering and applied mechanics. Doctoral students are trained in theory and practice and mentored to become leaders in research and education. The graduates of the interdisciplinary Master's in Robotics program are uniquely equipped to face research and development challenges of the fast-growing robotics industry. Undergraduate students take introductory courses in robotics, pursue independent studies, and conduct research in robotics, computer vision and machine learning.

The GRASP Lab space is comprised of research and lab space that spans over 7000 sq feet of space in the Levine Hall and the adjacent Towne Buidling. There is also an additional 1000 sq feet of interior office space.

GRASP at PERCH: The Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub (PERCH) is a brand new research facility housed within the Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Our facility at PERCH brings researchers and students from across Penn together with collaborators from the private-sector tenants to promote innovative exchange, foster entrepreneurship and economic development and support impactful research and discovery. Pioneering researchers are building autonomous vehicles and robots, developing self-configuring humanoids, and making robot swarms a reality.

The GRASP Lab space is also comprised of the following research lab and machine shop space within the Pennovation Complex (in net sq ft): 

Building 176
3rd  Floor - 10,000 nsf

1st Floor (design and fabrication facility) - 1,326 nsf

Basement (OMAX water laser jet cutter) - 422 nsf

Building 197
Suite 100 - 752 nsf

Subsidiary Research Labs within the GRASP Lab at PERCH

The GRASP Lab at PERCH comprises four main subsidiary research groups: The Kod*Lab, the Kumar Robotics Lab, the Modular Robotics Lab (ModLab) and the Scalable Autonomous Robots Laboratory (ScalAR) (in alphabetical order).

For projects in microrobotics and biological microsystems, facilities at Penn include the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, which houses a 10,000 square-foot next-generation cleanroom facility for micro/nanofabrication, tooling for nanoscale and soft materials integration, and a novel nano/bio bay. In addition, a 120 sq. ft. wet lab dedicated to microrobotics within The Penn Genome Frontiers Institute includes facilities for biological processing, culturing, and microscopy. This laboratory is often used in collaborations with top engineering research universities and companies.