Intelligent Mechatronics Lab

Autonomous Quadcopter Charging Station

August 2nd, 2012

The IML is starting to collect quite the stable of UAVs. Unfortunately, as the fleet grows, so does the need for routine maintenance, such as battery charging. Wouldn't it be nice if the charging were automatic?

Charging station

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Batcopter reported by Reuters

January 9th, 2012

Retuers recently reported on the Batcopter efforts of Prof. Baillieul and his team in the IML. See the video here.

Human Robotic Interactions with Kinect

July 19th, 2011

This video presents results from a recent experiment involving the Microsoft XBOX Kinect controlling a Khepera III allowing a human to dance with the robot.

Batcopter, mission successful

June 7th, 2011

These Brazilian Free-tailed bats (also called Tadarida) come together in the millions in caves all over Texas, leaving every night in swarms so big they can be detected by doppler radar. Somehow, they manage to fly through this dense self-clutter without colliding-- our goal is to better understand this behavior. For the AIRFOILS project, the IML team created the previously mentioned Batcopter. The goal was to fly a UAV along the dense clutter and record the bats' trajectories, using three ground-based high-speed FLIR cameras and an airborne 3D HD GoPro camera. The hope is to extract fundamental control laws of flying behavior in order to achieve better autonomous UAV flight.

The bat swarm flies in front of the setting sun

The bat swarm flies in front of the setting sun

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KinectCopter First Flight

May 19th, 2011

KinectCopter First Assembly

May 19th, 2011

KinectCopter V1

Bat Surprise Tester , Balloon/Condom Inflation Test

May 19th, 2011

Bat DAQ Concept Test

May 19th, 2011

Heavy Lift Quadcopter Flight Demo

May 19th, 2011

Batcopter CAD

May 1st, 2011

The CAD of our Batcopter, and what it turned into.......we still need some work.
Batcopter V1