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SMART Laboratory – Smart Materials and Autonomous Robotic Technology


Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard
Associate Professor

The intent of this multidisciplinary lab is to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the science of stimulus-active materials, robotic design and electromechanical transducer technology.  Stimulus-active materials display the ability to deform or change shape under the influence of an external stimulus, such as electricity, heat, magnetic fields, light, pH value, and humidity.  Research students use biomimetic relationships to create naturally influenced devices which exhibit fluid/human–like sensing and motion. The goal of the lab is to develop novel biomimetic inspired robotic and medical devices with the assistance of stimulus-active materials. This laboratory space is also used to support the course MECE-404 Robotics. This course teaches ME students fundamental information about microcontroller processing, robotic design, and critical thinking.  As part of the course deliverables students work in teams to design, fabricate and test a functional, autonomous robotic system. 

Major equipment: high voltage power supplies, various microcontroller devices (Basic Stamp, Raspberry Pi, Arduino), various robotic sensors & actuators, digital logic tools, digital instrumentation.

Recognitions: A grant from the RIT/Rochester General Health Systems Alliance.

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