Welcome to the website of the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab. We design embodied abstractions for high-level control of automated systems to help robots do more complicated things and be easier to use. With existing low-level controllers, the group creates sequencing and modulation schemes for motion primitive libraries. In order to do this, we develop tools for leveraging human strategies for the design of movement and measuring actual human behavior.
Interning in the RAD Lab over the summer is a great way to learn about robotics and research. Email an essay about why you are interested (this has two parts: your background + current work in the lab, which you need to research) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RAD Lab was excited to host an open house as part of UIUC’s larger Engineering Open House this past weekend!
Amy just got back from the 2017 Conference on Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI) hosted by Brown University. It was a wonderful, interdisciplinary group discussing research on embodiment, movement, virtual reality, interface design, and media. More info at www.choreotech.com. Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.
Dr. LaViers just made a trip to give a talk at the Purdue Robotics Accelerator and to give a workshop at the East KY Science Center and Planetarium. Here’s a photo from the workshop which included students from 3rd to 8th grade.
Lin Bai had a successful PhD proposal yesterday entitled “Control and Perception of Robotic Motion with Style” — congrats Lin!!
Had a great visit to a local girl scout troop on Election Day. With so many great questions and movement designs for the NAO, these girls are going far!
Amy will host a workshop in Prestonsburg, KY on Dec. 10. See more info here.
Amy attended IROS 2016 in beautiful Daejeon, South Korea presenting at the following workshops: — Artistically Skilled Robots where she presented joint work with the UVA Music Department on data-driven sound design to accompany robotic movement — Robotics for the Elderlies: Involving Science, End Users, and Public Bodies where she presented joint work with the ASPIRE team on designing stylistically-appropriate […]
Umer Huzaifa completed his Master’s thesis, entitled “Movement Theory Inspired Robot Motion Strategies and Design of a Bipedal Walker”, and graduated with his degree (although he is sticking around for a PhD) this August. Congrats Umer!
Besty Innes wrote a great article documenting some of the events — particularly around outreach — in the RAD Lab this past summer. Read the full article here: http://www.istem.illinois.edu/news/LaViers.RAD.html.
Dr. LaViers is now a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) after completing a two year program with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies (LIMS). This is just the beginning of a new chapter where the lab will be continuing to collaborate with this community.
The RAD Lab held a successful open house to share our finished lab space with the UIUC community. Hard to believe that only a year ago this was two smaller wet labs that have been renovated to create this wonderful space for our research! Our main demo showcased the work of four UIUC undergraduates, Varun […]
MechSE Games Camp attendees look on as their movement designs are deployed to the NAO Aldebaran robot. See more of their designs here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umx2mf8xfaE