Welcome to the Robotics Lab@IIT. Our research is in the general area of robotics with specific attention to mobility in challenging environments.
June 2016: We got some great coverage for our Science paper including an article in the NY Times. No mention of IIT specifically, but we're part of the "other scientists!"
April 2016: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent some time checking out the Gecko Gripper, developed by Perception Robotics, our SBIR partner in bringing electrostatic/gecko-like grippers to market.
Dec 2015: Prof. Spenko was awarded a 2015 NASA Early Stage Innovations award for the proposal A Novel Electrostatic/Microstructured Adhesive with Dust Mitigation Capabilities
Prof. Spenko was named a top researcher of 2015 by ChicagoInno.
Nov 2015: Performed HyTAQ testing with R4 Robotics and the Chicago SWAT Team at their training facilities.
Nov 2015: Congratulations to Don Ruffatto. He is joining Gareth at JPL.
July 2015: Congrats to Don Ruffatto for graduating with a Ph.D. That's three Ph.Ds this year.
June 23, 2015 Patent 9,061,558 issued. Congrats to Arash!
May 2015: Big news this month!
March 2015: Check out Prof. Spenko's write up in the IIT magazine.
March 2015: Illinois Institute of Technology and ComEd have partnered on a project to use unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone technology, to inspect ComEd’s utility lines. Check out the press release here and Prof. Spenko being interviewed about it on WGN here.
February 2015: Congratulations to Arash, Karan, and Don for getting a paper accepted to ICRA 2015. Only 41% of all submissions were accepted.
December 2014: Congratulations to alum Gareth Meirion-Griffith who will be starting a new job at JPL as a Systems Engineer II in February!
December 2014: The Robotics Lab moved into its new home-over 1000 sq. ft. of brand new lab space!