Research Areas

The Integrating Design, Engineering, and Analysis (IDEA) Lab is led by Dr. Dan Aukes. His research investigates the nexus of design, manufacturing, and data-driven decision-making to develop robots that can operate in niche environments, with a focus on affordability and accessibility. IDEALab projects focus on new tools for designing robots by pairing emerging fabrication techniques and new materials with analytical and simulation-based methods for understanding the behavior of these complex systems.


We make new tools surrounding design.


We pioneer new manufacturing technologies to build dynamic, affordable, ultra-capable robots.


We embed analysis into the design process, so you know what will happen before you make it


  • Congrats to Anson Kwan
    March 28, 2022
    Congrats to Anson Kwan, who recently defended his Barrett Honors Thesis.
  • Congratulations to Mohammad Sharifzadeh and Yuhao Jiang
    February 15, 2022
    Dr. Mohammad Sharifzadeh and Doctoral Student Yuhao Jiang just got their paper accepted to ICRA 2022. We’ll see you there in May! Sharifzadeh, M., Jiang, Y., Salimi Lafmejani, A., & Aukes, D. (2022). Compensating for Material Deformation in Foldable Robots via Deep Learning – A Case Study. 2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)(Accepted).
  • DREAMS/CPAR Seminar
    January 24, 2022
    Dr. Aukes recently presented recent work at the DREAMS/CPAR Seminar at Berkeley. https://citris-uc.org/event/dreams-cpar-seminar-daniel-aukes/
  • Recent Presentation by Dr. Aukes
    December 12, 2021
    Dr. Aukes recently presented some recent work at the ATLAS Institute. This has just been posted. https://www.colorado.edu/atlas/atlas-colloquium
  • Congrats to Anson Kwan
    July 1, 2021
    Congrats to Roozbeh Khodambashi, who recently defended his PhD Thesis.

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