Maurizio Porfiri

At the Dynamical Systems Laboratory (DSL) , we conduct multidisciplinary research in the theory and application of dynamical systems, motivated by the objectives of advancing engineering science and improving society. Our theoretical expertise is in controls, networks, nonlinear dynamics, and time-series, while our application domain is in modeling and analysis of physical, social, and technical systems. Our group is home to undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from everywhere in the world, sharing the same research vision and bringing diverse technical expertise. Our laboratory is a 2,000-square-foot facility equipped for research and development in the areas of robotics and mechatronics, experimental fluid mechanics, material characterization, animal behavior, and vibrations. Our laboratory houses a comprehensive suite of electrical/mechanical fabrication and testing equipment, an animal facility for fish experiments, and a computational infrastructure for modeling and analysis.

General laboratory area:
lab_entrance lab_offices lab_main
The general entrance leads to the main laboratory area. On the left, there are two offices housing 2 and 3 graduate student workstations. Straight ahead in the central photo, there are two additional rooms used for workshop and fish experiments. .

Workshop, live fish, and fluid mechanics/vibrations areas:
workshop fish_room center
Animal facility
Prototyping/underwater testing
workshop fish_room center
Vibration area
Characterization facility
Fluid mechanics area
The workshop area holds various tools for mechanical and electrical fabrication. The animal facility houses several holding tanks for freshwater fish along with instrumented tanks for behavioral testing. A dedicated area is used for prototyping and testing of miniature underwater robots. A separate room is used for vibration experiments and mechanical testing. Additional space outside the main laboratory area is available for fluid mechanics and material characterization experiments in the Center of Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials.

Key facilities:
LDV water_tunnel_PIV laser
Laser Doppler velocimeter
Canned planar PIV system
High power laser
electrochemical server water_tunnel
Electrochemical workstation
Computer cluster
Water channel
vivarium circuit_plotter stereo_PIV
Circuit printer
Stereoscopic PIV system
printing_station sputter fluorometer
3D printer
Sputter facilities
The main laboratory area holds the majority of the experimental setups, including optical tables, particle image velocimetry systems, and various setups for mechanical and electrical testing of smart materials and composites - some of these facilities are shared with the Center of Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials.