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.
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
RAD Lab student Umer Huzaifa has just finished attending IEEE BioRob 2016 in Singapore. He had two papers accepted to the proceedings and stands in the image above between their posters. These papers discuss the development of a core-located actuation walker being developed in the RAD LAb. One poster was a finalist for Best Poster […]
Two master teachers with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Catherine Maguire and Karen Studd, visited Urbana this June to give a three day intensive to members of the RAD Lab and UIUC robotics and dance communities. This was a great way to start our summer!
The RAD Lab is organizing a mini-tutorial on Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies and a workshop featuring invited speakers working with embodied movement tools. See details here: http://radlab.mechse.illinois.edu/proposed-rss-workshop/
Amy visited the University of Maryland this week to lecture to dance students and give the Brain and Behavior Initiative Seminar. It was a wonderful visit with interactions with people from dance, theater, performance studies, biology, neuroscience, MEMS, control, and robotics.
Amy has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award. The project entitled “Choreography of Embodied, Platform-invariant Motion Primitives” will leverage Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies to develop a system of abstractions for robot control that can apply to any robotic platform and allow for more complex behavior in existing control interfaces.
The lab infrastructure here at UIUC is almost in place with this second robot purchase: an Aldebaran NAO, pictured above with Lin and Anum in the lab on Friday.
Last Thursday we held the 2nd Annual RAD Lab BBQ. Everyone brought robot designs to discuss, and we held a corn hole tournament. We had Amy, Lin, visiting from UVA, Umer, Anum, Hang, Ankit, and Zhe in attendance. Too busy to take pictures except of these leftovers!
Had a great trip to the East Coast this week to learn about how the military develops new tools for their solders at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center and trains officers at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY where cadets were getting a taste of all the Army has to […]