Vision, Assistive Devices, and Experimental Robotics Laboratory

Welcome to the website of the former VADER Laboratory at Lehigh University.  The lab was lead by Prof. John Spletzer from Sep 2003 – Jun 2019.    It served 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 welcomed students with backgrounds stemming from a multitude of disciplines.

This site now serve as an archive of the lab’s work.  Feel free to browse the pages.  Enjoy!

What’s new ?

30 Nov 2018: Dr. Montella, I Presume
Congratulations to Corey Montella on successfully defending his dissertation today.

17 Dec 2017: Congratulations Graduates!
Congratulations to Vibhor Sood who completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering this Fall.

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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