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The Distributed Robotics Laboratory began as the Dartmouth Robotics Laboratory in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College. There the Molecule and Crystal robots were developed, along with several other robot systems including the Inchworm mobile robot, a desktop paper manipulation robot, and a set of robots which cooperated to manipulate furniture. The lab moved to MIT CSAIL in 2004 when our PI Daniela Rus became a professor in the EECS department at MIT. We are currently located on the third floor of the Stata Center, room 32-376.

Our work spans areas including modular and self-reconfiguring robots, soft robotics, rapid design of customizable personal robots, distributed algorithms and systems of self-organizing robots, networks of robots and sensors for first-responders, mobile sensor networks, animals and robots, cooperative underwater robotics, desktop robotics, and forming, moving, and navigating sparse 2D and 3D structures.

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Current Projects

Soft Robotics
Soft Robotics
Robot Compiler
On-Demand Personal Robots
M-Blocks
M-Blocks
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Printable Hydraulics
Geometric Design of Print-and-Fold Robots via Composition
Geometric Design of Print-and-Fold Robots via Composition
Project iDiary
Project iDiary
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Autonomous Assembly
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Self-assembling Robots
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Ubiquitous Indoor Positioning
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Baxter EEG
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Robot Garden
Printable Viscoelastics

Past Projects

AMOUR (Autonomous Modular Optical Underwater Robot)
AMOUR (Autonomous Modular Optical Underwater Robot
Robot Pebbles
Robot Pebbles
Coordinated Constuction
Coordinated Construction
Networked Quad-Rotor Flying Robots in Multi-Agent Systems
Networked Quad-Rotor Flying Robots in Multi-Agent Systems
Deployment and Optimization of Wireless ad-hoc Communication Networks
Deployment and Optimization of Wireless ad-hoc Communication Networks
Traffic Information System
Traffic Information System
Tracking Objects at Sea: Object Identification and Tracking using HS Histograms
Tracking Objects at Sea: Object Identification and Tracking using HS Histograms
Bakebot
Baking Cookies with the WillowGarage PR2
Patroling
Markov-based Redistribution Policy Model for Future Urban Mobility Networks
Programmable Smart Sheet
Programmable Smart Sheet
Planning to Fold Multiple Objects from a Single Smart Sheet
Planning to Fold Multiple Objects from a Single Smart Sheet
Collision Avoidance for Persistent Monitoring in Multi-Robot Systems with Intersecting Trajectories
Collision Avoidance for Persistent Monitoring in Multi-Robot Systems with Intersecting Trajectories
Generating Informative Trajectories for Robots Persistently Monitoring Unknown Environments
Generating Informative Trajectories for Robots Persistently Monitoring Unknown Environments
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Wing Traversing Robot: using electro permanent magnets to connect and control robots through a separating surface






Cow Herding with Virtual Fences
Cow Herding with Virtual Fences
Guiding People and Robots with Sensor Networks
Guiding People and Robots with Sensor Networks
Adaptive Architectures for Modular Robots
Adaptive Architectures for Modular Robots
Distributed Control Algorithms for Networked Mobile Robots
Distributed Control Algorithms for Networked Mobile Robots
Generic Distributed Self-Reconfiguration Algorithms with Cellular Automata
Generic Distributed Self-Reconfiguration Algorithms with Cellular Automata
Miche: Modular Self-Disassembly
Miche: Modular Self-Disassembly
The Self-Reconfiguring Molecule Robot
The Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Molecule
The Self-Reconfiguring Crystal Robot
The Self-Reconfiguring Crystal Robot
Modular Reconfiguring Structures with Shady3D
Modular Reconfiguring Structures with Shady3D
Vertical Truss Climbing with Shady
Vertical Truss Climbing with Shady
Modular Reconfiguring Structures with MultiShady
Modular Reconfiguring Structures with MultiShady
The Inchworm Robot for Navigating 3D Steel Web Environments
The Inchworm Robot for Navigating 3D Steel Web Environments
Paper Manipulator
Paper Manipulator
Distributed Manipulation with Touch Sensitive Rope
Distributed Manipulation with Touch Sensitive Rope
Early Warning System for River Flood Detection
Early Warning System for River Flood Detection
An accurate Localization System for Indoor Environments
Accurate Localization System for Indoor Environments
The Distributed Robotic Garden
The Distributed Robotics Garden
Hex Roller: Locomotion through Programmable Stiffness
Locomotion through Programmable Stiffness
Eye-in-Hand Visual Servoing Curriculum
Eye-in-Hand Visual Servoing Curriculum
Pursuit Evasion
Environment Characterization for Non-recontaminating Frontier-Based Robotic Exploration
Visolate: Voronoi Toolpaths for PCB Mechanical Etch
Visolate: Voronoi Toolpaths for PCB Mechanical Etch
Chembots
Chembots
EFRI
EFRI
Programmable Matter
Programmable Matter


Collaborative Initiatives

Printable Programmable Machines
Printable Programmable Machines
SMARTS
SMARTS

Workshops

Address, Contact, and Directions

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Distributed Robotics Lab
MIT CSAIL
32 Vassar Street, 32-376
Cambridge, MA 02139
Telephone: 617-253-6532
Fax: 617-253-6849

Walking Directions: Use the entrance nearest the corner of Vassar and Main Streets (Gates entrance). Take the stairs on your left up to third floor or proceed to the elevators on your right and go to the third floor. Continue walking past the stairway to the fourth floor and enter the lab.

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