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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 vaderlab@gmail.com.


What’s new ?

22 August 2016: Lab Research Presented at CASE 2016
Dylan Schwesinger presented our work on infrastructure free localization for AGVs at CASE 2016.


27 July 2016: Dr. Schwesinger, I Presume
Congratulations to Dylan Schwesinger on successfully defending his dissertation today.


13-15 July 2016: Robotic Course at SEI
Our lab instructed the Robotics & Programming short course at the Lehigh Summer Engineering Institute (SEI).


23 May 2016: Congratulations Graduates!
Congratulations to Jack Keller who completed his Master’s degree in Computer Science this Spring.


22 May 2016: Lab Welcomes “Smart Spaces” REU Students
REU researchers Jeff Bulick (Lehigh), Y Nguyen (San Jose State), and Josh Wolper (Swarthmore College) will be working in the VADER Laboratory this summer as part of the NSF CISE Smart Spaces REU Site.


1 May 2016: NSF Grant for AGV-3D Project
Our AGV-3D project to develop natural feature-based localization for large-scale warehouse environments has been funded by NSF. You can find more details in the award abstract.

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