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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. If you have any questions about any of the projects, you can still reach Dr. Spletzer at vaderlab@gmail.com.


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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