THE INTEGRATION ENGINEERING LABORATORY
The Integration Enginnering Laboratory (IEL) at UC Davis was created
to study the integration of mechanical and electrical systems
with informaton technology and computer science.
The laboratory addresses all the aspects involved in developing a robotic and mechatronic system,
from designing mechanical components to control systems and custom software developement.
THE LAB RESEARCH FOCUS
The main focus of the laboratory is to develop new open-architecture,
reconfigurable and adaptive robotic systems. Modular and reconfigurable
Robots developed at the IEL use state-of-the art mechatronic components and sensors
and are controlled by microcontrollers with open-architecture.
The laboratory has many commercial robotic systems and studies them to
develop new robotic architectures and applications. The laboratory is equipped with a 3D printer for rapid prototyping of new mechanical designs.
All the systems developed at the IEL are programmed
using the C/C++ programming language and the C/C++ interpreter Ch.
This homogeneous programming framework can symultaneously
control heterogeneous robotic platforms.
The robotic platforms developed at the IEL are applied
in different fields: K-12 Education through the UC Davis C-STEM Center,
autonomous navigation, mobile agents computing,
robotic simulation and web-based conputing.