Vision, Assistive Devices, and Experimental Robotics Laboratory

Welcome to the VADER Laboratory at Lehigh University! Founded in September 2003, the lab serves as an inter-disciplinary research center focused on advancing the field of applied robotics with an emphasis on: assistive technologies, vision-aided robotics, and multi-agent systems. Based in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (RCEAS), the laboratory welcomes students with backgrounds stemming from a multitude of disciplines. These include but are by no means limited to: Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

Feel free to browse our pages. If you have any questions or comments, please email these to VADER Email.

What's New?

24 Apr 2014: Lab supports New NSF REU Site
Our group is heading up the new NSF CISE Smart Spaces REU Site at Lehigh University. You can find more information about the site here.
13 Jan 2014: Dynamic Soaring Paper in AIAA Conference
HiL test results were presented at the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, National Harbor, Maryland. You can download this and other papers from our new Dynamic Soaring project page.
1 Jan 2014: Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) Grant
We received a grant from PITA to continue commercialization efforts of lab-developed smart wheelchair technologies. We are grateful for their support.
17 Dec 2013: Tashwin Khurana and Tyler Trephan win our first Robot NASCAR competition.
You can see the video of the final competition here.
26 Aug 2013: The lab welcomes Jim O'Connor as a new PhD Research Assistant.
Jim will be heading up our new USV project.
15 May 2013: Out with the Old, in with the New!
Congratulations to Kyle Hart on completing his M.S. studies. Kyle was the lead researcher on the MapMobile - Lehigh's Mapping Trike project. We also welcome Tashwin Khurana as a new research assistant. Tashwin will be taking over the MapMobile project.
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