Vision, Assistive Devices, and Experimental Robotics Laboratory

Welcome to the VADER Laboratory at Lehigh University!

Founded in September 2003 by Prof. John Spletzer, the lab serves as an inter-disciplinary research center focused on advancing the use of field and service robots in real-world environments. 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?

26 Feb 2016: Smart Wheelchair Research Featured in AURO
Our research towards a smart wheelchair ecosystem in urban environments is currently featured in Autonomous Robots.
20 Oct 2015: USV Research Presented at SSRR2015
Jack Keller presented our development work with the LORCA USV at SSRR2015. You can download the paper here.
12 Aug 2015: USV Testing in the Atlantic Ocean
Field tests of the LORCA USV off the coast of Brigantine, NJ. You can check out this and other videos on the lab's YouTube Channel.
3 Jul 2015: Robotics Programmming @ PGSET
Our group instructed a Robotics Programming block at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Engineering and Technology (PGSET) at Lehigh. You can view some of the students' highlights here.
25 Jun 2015: Smart Wheelchair Research Presented at FSR 2015
Dylan Schwesinger presented our work on CoPilot at FSR2015. You can find the paper here.
18 Jun 2015: USV Testing on the Lehigh River
A joint project with Prof. Grenestedt and the LU Composites Laboratory. Check out the highlights video here.
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