UH VIP Teams


Design of optically controlled microrobots and their control systems towards the goal of assembling cells into functional tissues.
 UH Microrobot

The RIP Lab’s Unmanned X Systems (UXS) research group, or Team Kanaloa, aims to advance Unmanned Systems technologies including aerial, surface, and underwater platforms for practical applications.  The need for robust software and hardware robot platform(s), often equipped with expensive sensors and instrumentation, creates a high barrier of entry to the field of robotics and unmanned systems.  Our research interests are in the areas of sensor fusion-based localization, vision-based scanning and 3D scene reconstruction, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), obstacle avoidance, manipulation, swarm robotics, and autonomous multi-objective decision-making algorithms.  

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Space and Aerial Robotics

Design, fabrication, testing, and analysis of space and aerial robotic platforms.
Space and aerial robotics

Smart Campus Energy Lab (SCEL)

Design, fabrication, and deployment of environmental sensor modules that collect weather data in order to analyze spatial and temporal impacts on renewable energy sources. 

Liquid-Metal Electronics

Design, fabrication, testing, and analysis of various reconfigurable electronic devices using liquid metal. 
 Liquid metal

Manoa Astronomical Technologies (MAT)

The UH Manoa Astronomical Technologies VIP team develops precision instruments and telescope components for astronomical applications.
UH 88 telescope

Open Power Quality (OPQ)

Development of open source power quality monitors for under $50 that can be widely deployed into consumer households to provide useful data on the impact of distributed renewables on the "health" of the power grid.
 Open Power Quality
Cyber Security and Drone Applications 

Subject 1: Cyber Security. Computer and Network Security has become a critical issue for every aspect of our lives. In this area, we will learn basic network security tools and hands-on skills to secure computers/devices and networks. 
    - Areas: ENGR296 Computer Networks; ENGR396/EE496 Learning Kali Linux; Wireless Penetration; Reverse Engineering, etc.

Subject 2: Drone Applications and Security. First, drones have provided many new opportunities to develop new applications. We will solve some real-world problems with drones. However, current drones are very weak in security protection. We will focus on identify drone vulnerabilities and also develop counter drone capabilities. 
 Areas:  ENGR396/EE496  Drone Traffic Analysis; Counter-drone Measures

Subject 3IoT Applications and Security. 

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Renewable Energy Design (Smart Grid, Energy Harvesting, Cybersecurity, Energy Markets)

The quest to move away from fossil fuels is an important subject for the engineers of today and tomorrow to tackle. As more and more intermittent renewable generation is integrated into the modern power grid, solutions for cost optimization and grid stability in general must be developed. In order to accomplish these tasks distributed sensor and actuator networks must be developed which provide effective, secure and economically sound solutions. This VIP project focuses on the development and fabrication of these hardware devices and the implementation of the control algorithms which are able to optimize the system as a whole.

Fixed-Wing Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Design and build a fully autonomous electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to survey and monitor a 4,000-acre macadamia nut farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. 


Smart Needle

A smart actuated needle has been developed to help the accuracy of brachytherapy. Advanced thin shape memory alloy wires apply force to the body of the smart needle to bend it inside tissue, giving surgeons extra control. 

Aerospace Technologies

Design, build and research for advanced aerospace technologies with applications to exploration vehicles such as drones, rockets and satellites.

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Robot Autonomy and Navigation (RAN)

Develop and implement long-term autonomy software and hardware for individual and collaborating mobile robot systems.

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RAN vehicle
Applied Materials and Nanosystems

Device engineering based on processing and characterization of multifunctional advanced materials.

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 Other teams coming soon...