Development of Parallel Robotics
October 7, 2011 —
The University of Wyoming Parallel Robotics
Research Group in the College of Engineering and Applied Science is
actively investigating the design and application of parallel robots for
precision pointing and vibration isolation. This research was initiated
by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor John E. McInroy and
Associate Professor John O'Brien, based on their experience at the NASA
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. McInroy and John O'Brien are developing a new
parallel kinematic machine (PKM) for tracking and vibration suppression
applications. The outcomes are novel prototype PKMs (with patent
protections) new aggressive control strategies and journal and
conference articles reporting results. Research began in 2006 and
continues with all research being conducted at UW.
This two-arm robot has a pending patent. The work is currently funded by AFRL-Tyndall. NASA and the Department of Defense have also funded this research in the past. The research conducted at UW has been sponsored by numerous federal agencies over the past fifteen years.
John O'Brien's research focus is in the area of vibration suppression and precision pointing for space/military payloads, and manufacturing. He received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; M.S. in electrical engineering from UW; and Ph.D. in electrical, computer, and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. John McInroy received a B.S. in electrical engineering from UW, M.S. in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic and Ph.D. in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic. His research expertise is in robotics and automatic control.