# IDEAlab

## Daniel M. Aukes, Ph.D.

Daniel M. Aukes is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and is the Principal Investigator of the IDEAlab. His research investigates the nexus of design, manufacturing, and data-driven decision-making towards the development of robots that can operate in niche environments, with a focus on affordability and accessibility. He is a former Technology Development Fellow at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and completed post-doctoral research in the Harvard MicroRobotics Lab with Rob Wood, developing manufacturing planning software for origami-inspired robots. Dr. Aukes received his PhD and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, studying the design of underactuated robotics hands under Mark Cutkosky. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Aukes’s industry experiences have focused on manufacturing automation across a wide range of industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, and food-processing.

Dr. Aukes’ current research includes origami-inspired design techniques, foldable robots, mobile robots, rapid prototyping, device design, dynamics and simulation, and manufacturing planning

### Research Interests

Dr. Aukes’ research topics include design, manufacturing, mechatronics, kinematics, dynamics and simulation of robots.

### Teaching

• Fall 2019: EGR304
• Spring 2019: EGR314, EGR494, EGR598
• Fall 2018: EGR304, ASU101
• Spring 2018: EGR598
• Spring 2017: EGR202
• Fall 2016: EGR598
• Spring 2016: EGR202

## Ph.D. Students

### Roozbeh Khodambashi

Spring 2017 - current

I am a Mechanical engineer by education and an Electrical engineer by practice. Before I join the Systems engineering Ph.D. program at ASU, I was a masters student at Georgia Tech working in the area of prosthetics and human augmentation for musical applications under Prof. Weinberg. I received an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology focusing the area of tactile sensing in robotics and minimally invasive surgery under Prof. Najarian. My B.Sc. is in Mechanical engineering from Shahrekord University.

### Research Interests

Prosthetics, Micro-Robotics, Soft Robotics, Robot Learning

Spring 2017 - current

Mohammad is a System Engineering Ph.D. student at ASU. He graduated his MSc. in Mechatronics Engineering from University of Tehran. He was a member of TaarLab in his MSc. He worked on Dynamical Control & Identification of 3-DOF Decouple Parallel Mechanism (Tripteron) by Constructing a Human-Robot Interaction Interface’’ as MSc. thesis under supervision of Dr. Tale Masouleh and Dr. Kalhor. He has finished his BSc. as an Electrical Engineer (Control filed) at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Shiraz University. His bachelor thesis was about voltage controlling of a (0-50 volt) Buck-Boost converter.

### Research Interests

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Parallel Mechanisms, Dynamic and Position Control of mechanisms, System Identification, Haptic and Analytic Control.

### Cole Brauer

Fall 2018 - current

### Shawn (Donging) Li

Fall 2018 - current

Dongting Li is a Systems Engineering Ph.D. student and joined IDEAlab in 2018 fall. His research focuses on robot modeling and locomotion inside granular media. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2018.

### Research Interests

bio-inspired robotics, granular media.

### Yuhao Jiang

Personal Website: https://duxtx.github.io/

Spring 2019 - current

Yuhao is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at ASU. His research interest mainly lies in controls, robotics, and dynamic systems. Prior to joining IdeaLab, he received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida, supervised by Dr. Prabir Barooah, studying controls and system identifications of smart buildings. Before that, he received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Donghua University.

### Research Interests

Bio-inspired Robots, Soft Robotics, Learning-based Controls, and System Identifications.

## Masters

### Taha Shafa

Fall 2018 - Summer 2020

Fall 2019 - Summer 2020

### Jude Brauer

Fall 2019 - current

### Charles Jeffries

Fall 2019 - current

## Former Students

#### Benjamin Shuch

Fall 2016 - Spring 2019

#### Drew Carlson

Summer 2017 - Spring 2019

#### Jacob Knaup

Spring 2017 - Spring 2019

#### Sheena Benson

Fall 2018 - Fall 2018

#### Alia Gilbert

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

#### Guston Lighthouse

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Spring 2019 - Spring 2019

#### Sudhanshu Katarey

Spring 2019 - Spring 2020

Fall 2019

#### Frank Ononye

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020