CSL Studio Grand Opening Ceremony

Join us for the CSL Studio Grand Opening Ceremony! The Studio is the Coordinated Science Laboratory's new interdisciplinary research space focused on solving grand societal challenges.

Monday, October 2
CSL Studio | 1206 W Clark St, Urbana, IL 61801


  • 1-2 p.m. | Invite-only VIP tour/demonstrations
  • 2-3 p.m. | Exclusive event for CSL faculty, students & staff only, Room 1232
    Grand Opening Remarks
    Andreas Cangellaris, Dean, College of Engineering
    Geir Dullerud, Planning Committee Chair and W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
    William H. Sanders, Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Klara Nahrstedt, CSL Director, Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor of Computer Science
    Naira Hovakimyan, W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
    T. Kesavadas, Director, Health Care Engineering and Systems Center, and Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
    David Nicol, ITI Director and Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 3-5 p.m. | Public reception and tours. Please join us throughout the CSL Studio for demos of intelligent robotics, a power grid testbed, health care robots, and more

Demonstrations during public reception

Mixed Reality Interface for Robotic Surgery
​Xiao Li, Shankar Deka, T. Kesh Kesavadas

Hardware-in-loop simulations/simulators of robotic surgery to train surgeons to equip themselves to deal with unprecedented faults in the robotic surgical systems like DaVinci. This is demonstrated using Raven II, a robotic platform used for research on robotic surgery and ROSS, a robotic surgery simulator.

Design and Development of Surgeon Augmented Endovascular Robotic System
Naveen Kumar Sankaran, Pramod Chembrammel, Adnan Siddiqui, Kenneth Snyder, and T. Kesh Kesavadas

The lab boasts the development of an endovascular robotic system for tele-operated robot for endovascular procedures. This robot can also be used for high-precision needle biopsy.

Virtual Reality in Medicine. Virtual intubation and training in robotic surgery using HTC Vive
Pavithra Rajeswaran and Shrey Pareek

Airway intubation trainer is an immersive VR training application that teaches the basics of endotracheal intubation procedure for medical students, nurses and clinicians. This VR trainer introduces students to intubation procedure in a step-by-step manner following guidelines to proper endotracheal intubation.

The trainer has two modes, namely:

  • Animation mode, in which students can learn by observing the procedure performed in the VR environment. It also has visualization features to explore the inside of the anatomy for an in-depth understanding.
  • Tutorial mode, in which students have an opportunity to perform intubation in the VR environment following the step-by-step guidelines.

A Novel Approach for Coupling Humans and Intelligent Control Automation in Advanced Vehicles
Alex Kirlik (PI), Kasey Ackerman, Ben Seefeldt, Enric Xargay, Donald Talleur, Ronald Carbonari, Donglei Sun, Lui Sha (Co-PI) and Naira Hovakimyan (Co-PI)

Despite the contributions of automation to vehicular (aviation, driving, etc.) safety, the problems associated with technology-focused (what can we automate?) rather than human-focused (what should we automate?) control automation are well known: decreased human situation awareness, deterioration of human control skills, and difficulties humans experience when asked to jump into the loop to “save the day” when necessary. We have created and tested a prototype architecture for a novel style of human-automation interaction that reverses their traditional, technology-focused, roles: Unlike in many current aircraft and concepts for autonomous cars, which conceive the human’s role as “looking over the shoulder” of imperfect automation and jumping into the control task when necessary, in our design, the automation looks over the shoulder of the human and jumps into the control task when necessary. Our approach is based on leveraging intelligent automation to provide both safety-related control compensation and to provide information for novel interface displays that keep the human engaged in, rather than distanced from, the control task.

The motivation for this approach is many years of aviation research demonstrating the dangers of pilots flying aircraft under fully automated control, and recent research results in automated driving (e.g., the Google car) showing that human drivers are often unable to take over control from automation when needed in a sufficiently timely, effective and safe manner.

This research was supported by NASA Ames and Langley Research Centers, the National Science Foundation, the Beckman Institute and the Coordinated Science Laboratory.

Indoor Aerial Manipulation Systems
Arun Lakshmanan, Gabriel Barsi Haberfeld

We have designed, modeled and implemented a quadrotor endowed with a delta-type parallel manipulator to aid humans with tasks in an indoor environment. The manipulator has 3 degrees of freedom and is designed for indoor pick-and-place tasks by utilizing a combination of feedforward compensations and an L1 robust adaptive controller. We show the feasibility of this design through simulations and flight tests.

Bezier Curve Trajectory Generation for Aerial Robots
Arun Lakshmanan, Gabriel Barsi Haberfeld

We have designed a fast trajectory generation approach for quadrotor vehicles using piecewise Bezier curves. The trajectories are described as joint Bezier curve segments which allow us to quickly and analytically check for dynamic and spatial constraints. Experimental results of quadrotors tracking the generated trajectories will be demonstrated.

ITI Cyber-Physical Testbed
Tim Yardley

The ITI Cyber-Physical Testbed will be showcasing recent advancements in usability and capabilities for the facility. This testbed is utilized to create a realistic environment that mimics the behavior of the electric power grid in a contained and reproducible way. During the open house, the testbed will be hoping off some experiment administration interfaces, monitoring and control dashboards, various industrial control system technologies deployed in the electric power grid, as well as modeling and simulation tools that enable our work.

Assessment and Measurement of Port Disruptions
Gabriel Weaver

According to a 2014 report by Martin Associates, the economic value of activity at U.S. shipping ports in 2016 was $4.6 trillion, more than a quarter of the country’s GDP.  Modern ports require computer systems in order to accommodate a constantly increasing number of port calls, larger vessel sizes, and tighter supply chains. Therefore, disruptions to assets on these networks have the potential to propagate to other critical infrastructures at great economic cost.  Such disruptions may be introduced accidentally or intentionally by adversaries that include nation states, organized crime, pirates, or trusted insiders. The primary focus of the CIRI Port Disruptions project is to understand the impacts of cascading disruptions both within a port and across surrounding transportation system networks.  The demonstration will illustrate a framework to simulate the effects of different disruptions to different Critical Infrastructures within an artificial but realistic shipping port.  Participants will see the cascading effects of disruptions originating from the Communications/IT Sector and Energy Sector and how they may affect the Marine Transportation System (MTS).