The Robomechanics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University is working to take robots out of the lab and factory and into challenging real world environments, such as rocky hills and cluttered houses. We use the word “robomechanics” to mean the study of the mechanics of how a robot interacts with an environment, analogous to the field of biomechanics for natural systems. Common themes that arise in our research include modeling and planning for changing contact conditions, developing systems that are inherently robust to uncertainty, and enabling more dynamic robot behaviors.
The Robomechanics Lab
conducts research in
legged and wheeled mobile robotics, mechanism design, feedback control, computer vision, motion planning, and applications of robotics research to environmental monitoring, planetary exploration, and home assistance.
The Robomechanics Lab believes in actively working towards creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We do this in several ways:
Conduct Ethical Research - We involve all lab participants in discussion of the direction of new research projects, and ensure the project’s impact is in line with both our lab and personal values. This includes regular review of research topics, funding sources, and industry partners.
Drive Reform in Academia - We actively work on DEI and other reform initiatives at CMU and in the broader academic robotics community by participating in departmental initiatives, collaborating with advocacy organizations, and organizing events at conferences.
Foster Equitable Access - We strive to create STEM opportunities for historically marginalized students in Pittsburgh and beyond through the development and execution of outreach activities that allow us to share our technical skills and inspire the next generation of engineers.
Support Each Other - We sustain an inclusive environment where everyone is valued as both a researcher and an individual. This includes active, structured mentorship for all lab members as well as informal social events and regular DEI-centered conversations.