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.

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What's New?

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.
4 Apr 2013: NSF SBIR Phase II Project
We continue our collaboration with Love Park Robotics (LPR) to commercialize smart wheelchair technologies. LPR was just awarded a Phase II SBIR by NSF.
18 Jan 2013: Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) Grant
We received a grant from PITA to support commercialization of our smart wheelchair technologies. Our project was also featured in the PITA Newsletter.
15 Dec 2012: Congratulations Mike!
Research assistant Michael Pollock completed his M.S. studies. Mike made significant contributions to the Smart Wheelchair Project during his tenure.
12 Oct 2012: Lab Research Presented at IROS 2012
Our work on terrain classification was presented at the IROS 2012 Workshop on Progress, Challenges and Future Perspectives in Navigation and Manipulation Assistance for Robotic Wheelchairs. You can watch a video demonstration here.
18 July 2012: Lab Research Presented at FSR 2012
Our work on smart wheelchair navigation in urban environments was presented at FSR 2012. You can watch a sample video of a bookstore run here .
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