The Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab (ARClab) at UCSD is dedicated to the design of novel surgical and biomedical robots and machine learning for contextually aware robots. We apply these technical developments to solving problems in medicine and surgery. 

We are a multi-disciplinary team comprising electrical and mechanical engineers, computer scientists, and clinicians. The group is directed by Professor Michael Yip in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Our Technical Thrusts are

  1. Surgical Robotics

  2. Robot Learning

  3. Biomimetic Robots

See below for active projects in the lab.

August 6, 2020

The follow-up to our popular Motion Planning Networks Paper is now available on IEEE Xplore!

Neural Manipulation Planning on Constraint Manifolds

May 28, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Nikhil Das, for completing his PhD in the area of robot geometric modeling and motion planning! Also congratulations to Taylor Henderson (MSc) and Brian Wilcox (MSc) for completing their Masters Theses on Kinematic Modeling and Optimization, and...

February 26, 2020

Very excited to present SIX papers at ICRA and organize 1 Workshop. The papers and workshop span machine learning for control motion planning, snake robot design, surgical robot perception, and more! Check out Publications page for a full list.

January 7, 2020

Our paper titled "Composing Task-Agnostic Policies with Deep Reinforcement Learning" has been accepted for publication at International Conference on Learning Representations 2020, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [arxiv][website]

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Active Projects

Machine Learning for Collision Detection

MR/CT-Compatible Robotic Biopsy

Learning to Automate Surgery

Robotic Planetary Explorer (EELS)

Muscle-Powered Biomimetic Robots

Neural Motion Planning

AI For Remote Robotic Telesurgery 

Scalable Reinforcement Learning 

Rescueing Rhinos with Robots

Medical Augmented Reality on the Battlefield

Collaborations and Industrial Partnerships

We work closely with industry to tackle a large variety of problems (both in the medical space and in other robotics-related spaces in manufacturing and defense). If you have an idea or you think a discussion for industry collaboration is possible, please contact us.

Are you interested in collaborating with us? We are always looking for medical doctors and scientists to work with to address the next big medical issue, from surgery to drug delivery, from microrobots to exoskeletons. Contact us!

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