Duke University | Pratt School of Engineering

Ladder climbing humanoids

Dr. Hauser's lab is developing ladder- and stair- climbing skills for humanoid robots that may be used in disaster relief and industrial maintenance. This software was used the DRC-Hubo robot to help it mount, climb, and dismount stairs and ladders as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Find out how they did in the competition......

Drone traffic control

Dr. Cumming's Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL) is designing air traffic control architectures for high density, low altitude drone operations.

Welcome to Duke Robotics!


The Duke Robotics group was established in 2014 to encompass the significant and growing robotics community at Duke. It is a cross-disciplinary association of research labs and teaching faculty spanning three departments (CS, ECE, and MEMS) and two schools (Pratt and Trinity) on Duke University campus. Its founding was due to an effort led by the Pratt School of Engineering and Department of Computer Science to grow Duke's offerings in robotics research and education.

Our mission is to conduct world-class research and teaching to train future generations of thinkers and creators in robotics.  We do so by drawing from our breadth of expertise, which ranges from mechanical design, to artificial intelligence and algorithms, to the social implications of robotics.

Many students come to campus for a walking tour, and you should sign up for one of those if you can, but first get a taste of the engineering life at Duke in this tour.

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