Autonomy and Robotic Systems Facilities
The Autonomy Laboratory and MIT Lincoln Laboratory have a large space for robotics experimentation and are equipped with state-of-the-art motion capture system to allow human-machine interface, motion analysis, virtual experimentation, and multi-robot interactions. Many Infrared (IR) cameras and IR reflectors on humans and robots can capture the motion.
The MIT Towing Tank is an experimental hydrodynamics testing facility consisting of a 100 ft x 8 ft x 4 ft testing tank with a functional wave maker and beach, and an 8 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft flow visualization tank. The 100 ft long tank was originally used for ship model resistance testing, although it has been refitted to accommodate experiments associated with the study of biomimetics in marine creatures and vortex-induced vibrations, while maintaining the original model testing capabilities. The smaller visualization tank, consisting of a three-axis motor system and outfitted with a high-speed particle image velocimetry (PIV) system, is used primarily for the quantitative visualization of fluid flows.