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Mechatronic Systems Laboratory

Mechatronics is a blending of electrical and mechanical system analysis and design that includes hardware and software systems, real-time computing, advanced modeling and control techniques, as well as system prototyping and virtualization. It is an enabling technology for many important markets, including consumer electronics, medical devices, robotics and automation, manufacturing (e.g., automotive and aerospace), computer peripherals, and laboratory automation. Advances in mechatronics also enable emerging markets such as haptic interface devices for virtual environments, robot-assisted medical instruments, service robotics, unmanned autonomous vehicles, security systems, telescience (i.e., remote experiments), telepresence and virtual reality.

The Mechatronic Systems Laboratory is an important link in the system of laboratories that will support coordinated work in department's envisioned Bioengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering (BRE) and Intelligent Systems research thrusts. In addition, the Mechatronic Systems Laboratory will strongly complement the Advanced Visualization Laboratory to support research and development efforts in the emerging Center for Assistive and Adaptive Technologies and for research applications related to Homeland Defense (HD).

Develop the critical infrastructure necessary to transform the department's current Motion Control and Robotics facility into a world-class Mechatronic Systems Laboratory. This new facility will support education and research in system design and analysis, real-time computing software and hardware systems, advanced modeling and control techniques, design/use of electric subsystems, computer vision and image processing, system virtualization/prototyping and virtual environments, with an emphasis on emerging applications in areas ranging from bioengineering and rehabilitation engineering, multimedia and networking, power and alternative energy systems, and robotics. This facility will foster collaborations with teachers and researchers both within and outside of the University in the areas such as Physical Therapy, the Life and Health Sciences, and Mechanics.