Labs and Groups
Much of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department’s research is multi-disciplinary. Our faculty and students partner with colleagues in other departments in the School of Engineering, as well as other NYU Schools.
Agile Robotics and Perception Lab
The agile robotics and perception lab performs fundamental and applied research in the area of robotics autonomy. The main mission of the lab is to create agile autonomous machines that can navigate all by themselves using only onboard sensors such as in unstructured, and dynamically changing environments and without relying on external infrastructure, such as GPS or motion capture systems.
Applied Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory
Our main interest is to analyze the motion and the mechanics of moving systems, to develop the way the systems are designed and controlled, and to realize the physical concepts in the real world. This includes both mechanical (e.g., robots and machinery) and biological systems (e.g., humans and animals).
Automation and Intelligence for Civil Engineering
The lab of Automation and Intelligence for Civil Engineering (AI4CE, pronounced as “A-I-force”) is a multidisciplinary research group that focuses on advancing fundamental automation and intelligence technologies and addressing challenges of their applications in civil and mechanical engineering.
Composite Materials and Mechanics Laboratory
CMML focuses on research related to lightweight highly damage tolerant materials and aims at understanding the fundamental role of porosity in materials. The specialty of the lab is in the area of hollow particle filled composites called syntactic foams and in dynamic characterization of materials. CMML has been working on polymer and metal matrix syntactic foams for civilian and military automotive applications that are exposed to dynamic loading conditions. The other areas of interest to CMML are additive manufacturing and sensors for structural health monitoring.
Fire Research Group
Researchers at the Fire Research Group work on an online, scenario-based simulation training program for firefighters. ALIVE (Advanced Learning through Integrated Visual Environments) is a decades-long effort to bridge the information gap between research and real-life firefighting.
The Mechatronics Lab is a synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems.