ESE Research Resources
A series of state-of-the-art centralized facilities for ESE Research are located within the department and across campus. The following equipment and technologies are available for use:
An interdisciplinary laboratory dedicated to research and education in robotics and automation. The GRASP Laboratory is housed on a single floor of a newly built building. It is equipped with numerous Sun Sparcstations, one Connection Machine (CM2), TWO puma 560 manipulators, two PUMA 250 manipulators, one PUMA 260 manipulator, one Whole Arm Manipulator (Barrett Technology), one Zebra Zero six degree of freedom manipulator, four TRC Labmate mobile platforms, numerous sensors including force/torque sensors, tactile arrays, cameras, and range imaging systems.
Laboratory for Informatics and Intelligent Systems (LIIST)
The Laboratory for Informatics and Intelligent Systems Technology (LIIST) is the computing arm of the Ackoff Collaboratory for Advancement of Systems Approaches (ACASA) lab. LIIST consists of a set of Window NT, XP, and Linux machines on a local area network. LIIST also includes a software library of simulation and videogame engines, intelligent system engine packages, training environment generators; and virtual persona technology for cognitive modeling, interactive drama, and edutainment in simulated microworlds.
Signal Processing Research Laboratory
The Signal Processing Research Laboratory (Room 312, Moore School) in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania is well equipped with facilities for high-speed computation, simulation, and hardware development. The laboratory supports work in signal and image processing, communication systems, and imaging arrays. High-speed networked workstations are available to run a variety of software applications for algorithm development and simulation. The laboratory also supports experimental work in digital signal processing, image processing, and multi-element imaging arrays.
Wolf Nanofabrication Facility
The University of Pennsylvania Wolf Nanofabrication Facility is a user facility serving the nanofabrication needs of the Penn community as well as those of external users. The recently-renovated 3,500 square-foot facility houses a 1,950 square-foot class 1,000 (ISO 6) cleanroom equipped with a set of tools that allow our users to perform a variety of fabrication steps, including (1) film casting: spinners, hot plates, ovens, ink-jet printer; (2) lithography: e-beam writer, nanoimprinter, stepper, mask aligners; (3) vapor deposition: evaporator, sputterer, AlN reactive sputterer, PECVD, ALD, parylene coater, HMDS vapor primer; (4) dry etching: ICP etcher, RIE etcher, plasma etcher, XeF2 etcher; (5) thin film measurement: profilometer, ellipsometer, refractometer, stress measurement; (6) device packaging: wire bonder; and (7) electrical test: probe station, four-point probe station. Wet bench space is generous, with two 10 foot-long and five 5 foot-long benches, segregated by chemical type.