The vision of USD’s Modular Robotics Lab is to develop modular robots that a non-expert user can adapt to perform a wide range of tasks. The key idea behind our work is to break a robot’s functionality down into mechatronics components, i.e. modules, from which we can construct a large variety of robots. We currently focus on ways to increase the versatility and adaptability of modular robots while reducing their cost. In particular we focus on :

  • Modularization of mechatronics
  • Novel mechatronics designs
  • Distributed, robust, and scalable control
  • Distributed learning
  • Programming languages

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