The Laboratory for Adaptation, Inclusion, and Robotics (LAIR) is an undergraduate research lab focused on projects in adaptive technology and marine robotics and sensing. For information about current and past projects in the lab, please see our research page.
The name LAIR was chosen intentionally, not just because every young engineer dreams of having a lair of their own, but because each word in the name captures a core set of values for our research group:
Laboratory: The LAIR is an undergraduate research lab dedicated to fostering curiosity, facilitating inquiry, and developing technical skills. We strive to produce high-quality products and communicate our work to both the broader scientific community and the public. As an undergraduate-focused lab, developing the next generation of engineering researchers ready to think critically about the problems facing our world is of primary importance in the LAIR.
Adaptation: In the LAIR we adapt technology, but also our mindsets, assumptions, and processes. We work with community partners to develop technologies that meet the needs of real users, while continuously challenging our assumptions and evolving our processes to prioritize equitable access to technology we create.
Inclusion: Technology is at its best when development is inclusive of all stakeholders. In the LAIR we believe that equitable access to technology means including community co-designers at each step of the design process and striving to truly understand the broader context of our work. As technologists we have an obligation to prioritize inclusion both in the products we create, and in the people who create them.
Robotics: In the LAIR, robotics is a tool we use to support, enhance, empower, and explore.