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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, 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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Projects

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
Distributed Manipulation with Touch Sensitive Rope
Distributed Manipulation with Touch Sensitive Rope
AMOUR (Autonomous Modular Optical Underwater Robot)
AMOUR (Autonomous Modular Optical Underwater Robot
Miche: Modular Self-Disassembly
Miche: Modular Self-Disassembly
Robot Pebbles
Robot Pebbles
The Self-Reconfiguring Molecule Robot
The Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Molecule
The Self-Reconfiguring Crystal Robot
The Self-Reconfiguring Crystal Robot
Generic Distributed Self-Reconfiguration Algorithms with Cellular Automata
[[Generic Distributed Self-Reconfiguration Algorithms with Cellular Automata
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
Visolate: Voronoi Toolpaths for PCB Mechanical Etch
Visolate: Voronoi Toolpaths for PCB Mechanical Etch
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
Traffic Information System
Traffic Information System
Deployment and Optimization of Wireless ad-hoc Communication Networks
Deployment and Optimization of Wireless ad-hoc Communication Networks
The Distributed Robotic Garden
The Distributed Robotics Garden
Networked Quad-Rotor Flying Robots in Multi-Agent Systems
Networked Quad-Rotor Flying Robots in Multi-Agent Systems
Hex Roller: Locomotion through Programmable Stiffness
Locomotion through Programmable Stiffness
Tracking Objects at Sea: Object Identification and Tracking using HS Histograms
Tracking Objects at Sea: Object Identification and Tracking using HS Histograms
Coordinated Constuction
Coordinated Construction
Eye-in-Hand Visual Servoing Curriculum
Eye-in-Hand Visual Servoing Curriculum
Bakebot
Baking Cookies with the WillowGarage PR2
Pursuit Evasion
Environment Characterization for Swarm Robotics
Patroling
Markov Model Policy for Decentralized Patroling
Self-Folding Sheets ( Programmable Matter by Folding )
Self-Folding Sheets
( Programmable Matter by Folding )
Planning to Fold Multiple Objects from a Single Self-Folding Sheet
Planning to Fold Multiple Objects from a Single Self-Folding Sheet
Sticker Controller
Sticker Controller
Sticker Programming
Sticker Programming and Sticker Program Compiling Algorithm
Unfolding Origami Algorithm
Origami Unfolding Algorithm
Collision Avoidance for Persistent Monitoring in Multi-Robot Systems with Intersecting Trajectories
Collision Avoidance for Persistent Monitoring in Multi-Robot Systems with Intersecting Trajectories
Path Morphing for a Single Robot Performing a Sensing Task or a Persistent Task
Path Morphing for a Single Robot Performing a Sensing Task or a Persistent Task

Collaborative Projects

Chembots
Chembots
EFRI
EFRI
Programmable Matter
Programmable Matter
SMARTS
SMARTS

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Funding

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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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