Research Focus Areas and Projects

Dr. Shiakolas' research interests are in the generals areas of robotics, biomedical, manufacturing, microsystems, automation and controls as they apply to the betterment of society. In addition to his research interests, he is passionate about engineering education where he is firm believer that laying the correct foundations early in a student's carreer, both undergraduate and graduate, are very important, and in addtion that theoretical frameworks should be demonstrated with hardware modules for better understanding. Dr. Shiakolas has developed educational testbeds and routinely demonstrates concepts in his courses in the areas of robotics, automation, and controls bridging the gap between theory and practice.

The greatest resource of the MARS Lab are the researchers who participate in the diverse research activities of the lab. A list of current and past members of the lab can be found at the People site.These researchers include doctoral, masters and undergraduate students. The interaction between these students with varying backgrounds and preparation levels provides the opportunities for the younger students to be mentored and for the older students the training to learn how to mentor. The resources of the lab promote excellence in research both theoretical and applied and exceptional educational opportunities.

There are many topics researched at the MARS Lab in the overall theme of Robotics, Manufacturing, Microsystems and Medical fields as can be seen on the titles of current and alumni doctoral and masters students at the people site. In addition to long term graduate level research, numerous other projects are performed in the lab by undergraduate students as Senior Synthesis Projects or by students interested to improve their knowledge and their skills through the guided development of new hardware environments for further research or by utilizing the extensive state of the art hardware and software resources of the lab.

A list of projects with an one line description is provided below. As the projects mature and intelleectual property issues are cleared, more information will be provided.

The links below provide more information on various completed projects (not necessarily recent ones):

Last updated - January 27, 2014