Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub

At the Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub (PERCH) on the third floor of the Pennovation Center, faculty, staff and students will pursue fundamental research on robotics, embedded systems, the “Internet of Things” and other emerging domains of interdisciplinary science and engineering. This intellectually rich and collaborative environment will accelerate the translation of fundamental engineering discoveries into useful technologies with broad applications, as well as develop products with immediate social and technical value.

The first researchers to work at PERCH are from Engineering’s General Robotics Automation Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab which is the collaborative intersection of three Engineering departments: Electrical and Systems Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

The PERCH facility provides a newly equipped home base for several integrated multidisciplinary projects, co-locating students and faculty from various engineering labs, including the Kod*Lab, the ModLab, and the Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory. It also establishes a hub for a growing array of collaborations involving the broader PERCH community, bringing expertise intersecting with the field of robotics. They will make extensive use of the indoor infrared motion capture system, as well as the new, netted outdoor arena.

fundamental research on robotics and embedded systems