Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Dr. Kiju Lee Received a New Grant

Dr. Kiju Lee has received a new grant from DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. The project, titled “α-SWAT: Adaptable Human-Swarm Teaming Via Visuo-Sensorimotor Interfaced Collaboration” and funded at $430K for the period of 5/7 - 11/6/2019, is led by Drs. Kiju Lee (PI), Michael Fu (Co-PI, EECS), Dustin Tyler (Co-PI, BMSE), and Wyatt Newman (Co-PI, EECS).

The project aims to enhance human -swarm collaborative interaction and advance multi-user interfaces to convey context-dependent visualization, intent-extraction, and haptic feedback. The team will develop and evaluate an adaptable human-swarm teaming (α-SWAT) system that integrates collaborative decision making algorithms with mixed really visualization and sensorimotor haptic interfaces.

Professor Gao Received 2019 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Best Application Award

Prof. Robert Gao is the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Best Application Award, which recognizes his research on “A Multivariate Sensor for In-Situ Process Monitoring of Injection Molding”. 

This I&M Society award recognizes an individual whose idea applies measurement concepts or instrumentation technology in a novel way to benefit society. The application must be a working solution to an engineering need or problem.

EMAE's Spring 2019 e-Newsletter Highlights

EMAE’s Spring 2019 e-Newsletter has just been released. 
Please take a look at the latest news and highlights from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CWRU.

Dr. Quinn Receives Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Congratulations to Roger Quinn, Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering in the 
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case School of Engineering!

Over more than three decades at Case Western Reserve University, Roger Quinn has become an international leader in robotics, making seminal contributions to the fascinating and rapidly emerging field of bio-robotics.

Quinn has also guided graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates in developing new designs and control theories based on biological principles for improving robot performance.

His work in a “very thorough and elegant way, combines solutions from engineering for the control of walking robots with findings from biology, in particular neurobiology,” one of his colleagues wrote in a nominating letter. That work has also been crucial in helping to achieve better understanding of the kinematic and dynamical mechanisms underlying the motion of animal systems.

In fact, Quinn’s body of work now stands as a “fix(ed) hallmark in the field of motor control research, bridging neurosciences and engineering,” another colleague wrote. Quinn has secured eight patents as a result of those advancements.

He has graduated 34 doctoral and 77 master’s students; published more than 80 papers in international scientific journals; given more than 150 scientific lectures at national and international conferences; and won 11 Best Paper or Best Video Awards from leading international conferences in the fields of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence.

Quinn’s students have won three first-place and two third-place finishes out of the five competitions in which they have participated at the Institute of Navigation Robotic Lawn Mower Competition. He also has had more than 150 refereed conference contributions and more than 70 refereed contributions to robotics conferences.

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ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition 2019

A Case student team advised by Frank Merat (EECS) and Roger Quinn (EMAE) wins the 2019 Autonomous Snowplow Competition in Toronto.

In late January, 2019, eight driverless vehicles faced off in a tournament in Toronto, Ontario. These weren't just another group of self-driving cars, however; they were autonomous snowplows.

The purpose of this competition is to challenge university and college students to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to remove snow from a designated path, while avoiding obstacles. The objectives of this competition include encouraging students to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a path of snow.



Robert Gao Honored by Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Robert Gao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Cady Staley Professor, has received the Eli Whitney Productivity Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Part of the society’s International Honors Awards, it is given in recognition of distinguished accomplishments in improving capability within the broad concept of orderly production. 
Dr. Gao will officially accept the award at a gala in May.







Professor Kiju Lee Received a New Grant

Professor Kiju Lee is the PI of a new grant from the CWRU Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund Program, entitled “Interactive e-Cube games for Routine Cognitive Assessment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease”. The total project budget is $86K, with direct funding of $43K and the rest through a 1:1 cost match provided by the TTO Investment Funds ($16K), the Coulter Pilot Award ($25K awarded before), and other sources, for the period of 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019.

The project will conduct a market research and develop a business model for a novel game technology, called “e-Cube”, for automated routine cognitive assessment of older adults with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Kathryn Daltorio Receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Kathryn Daltorio, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. Daltorio was recognized among 25 recipients who will share $16.5 million in funding to conduct naval-relevant scientific research with direct benefits for sailors and marines.Daltorio will use the funding to advance crab-like robots for amphibious terrain.