The Automation, Robotics, and Mechatronics Lab at University at Buffalo recruited numerous undergraduate students to work on various exciting research projects throughout the years. Here in this site we report the projects that are sponsored by National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) in recent years. We also work with other organizations to provide research experience or outreach activities to under-represent group as well as grade 6-9 student (See here for more detail).

List of NSF REU Projects:

Haptic Rendering of Virtual Mechanisms (Colin Lea)
This implementation of haptically-augmented mechanism control presents a method of haptic rendering beneficial to applications with specific known geometry (ex. Ellipses). Through the control of forces, it intuits a sense of form that the linkages can provide. With adaptable parameters, the user can modify both link lengths and masses.

Haptic Rendering and Visualization (Colin Lea)
This report investigates haptic rendering and visualization techniques within Simulink and H3D, an open source haptics software. Also included is evaluation of present haptic algorithms and experimented with methods using Simulink and Real-Time Workshop with a Phantom Omni and Novint Falcon.

Examining Virtual Prototyping Techniques (Brian Dolan)
Virtual prototyping and computer simulations are becoming increasingly important within the engineering design field. Historically all testing was done using physical prototypes. Construction of these prototypes is an expensive and time-consuming process. The goal was to examine what was required to make computer simulation techniques as accurate as possible.

Building a Small Mobile Manipulator (Brian Dolan)
This reports the building a small mobile manipulator using an Arduino microcontroller and developing code specifically for use with the VEX platform. This included speed controls for the continuous rotation motors and an inverse kinematics algorithm for the two-link arm.

* This site is created and maintained by students involved in the program.


The  Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics (ARM) Lab is a research laboratory in the   Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering  of the   School of Engineering & Applied Sciences  in   The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.  
The research activities in this lab focus on the complete lifecycle  treatment (design, modeling, analysis, control, implementation and  verification) of a new generation of smart, embedded mechanical and mechatronic systems. For more info: here.


The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. more

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