I am a PhD. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington where I work in the Autonomous Insect Robotics (AIR) Laboratory advised by Prof. Sawyer Fuller.
My research focuses on designing and fabricating insect scale robots. I also work on controlling the flight of these insect scale robots with the help of on-board as well as off-board sensors.
Before coming to UW I did my MS in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University and BTech (with Hons.) at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. On the industry front, I worked as an engineer on the
Core Engine Simulation team at Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois from 2014 to 2016.
University of Washington Seattle, WA
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Sep 2016 - Aug 2019 (expected)
Advisor: Prof. Sawyer Fuller
The first wireless fly-sized drone
We built the world's first fly-sized drone that does not need a wire to the ground to supply power and control signals.
This is a challenge because of the difficulty of miniaturizing the circuitry to drive the robot's piezo actuators.
The piezo actuators, which drive its flapping wings, require a step-up voltage converter.
We figured out a new way to quickly make the ultra-light circuit and incorporated the first microprocessor brain on-board, creating a circuit weighing less than a toothpick.
We provided power using an infrared laser beam.
Y. Chukewad, A. Singh, J. James and S. B. Fuller, A new robot fly design that is easy to fabricate and capable of flight and ground locomotion, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (Madrid, Spain, 2018) (under review)
J. James, V. Iyer, Y. Chukewad, S. Gollakota, and S. B. Fuller, The first untethered flights of an insect-scale 200 mg robot, IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
(Brisbane, Australia, 2018) (accepted)
S. Balasubramanian, Y. Chukewad, J. James, G. Barrows, and S. B. Fuller, A low-weight on-board camera and a neural network to control an insect-scale aerial and ground robot
IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB) (Enschede, the Netherlands, 2018) (under review)
A. Sodemann and Y. Chukewad. Comparison of Cartesian and Polar Kinematic Arrangements for Compensation of Scale Effects in Micromilling. Proceedings of the ASME Inter-
national Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2013-65002), San Diego, CA, USA, November 15-21, 2013
Y. Wagh, Y. Chukewad, N. Gupta, and R. Singh, Experimental Investigation of Micro-scale Fiber Laser Based Surface Hardening, Proceedings of 6th ICOMM conference, Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, March 2011
A. Singh, Y. Chukewad, and S. Fuller, A robot fly design with a low center of gravity folded from a single laminate sheet, Workshop on Foldable Robotics, IEEE Int.
Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (Vancouver, Canada, 2017).
Y. Chukewad (2014). An Investigation of Kinematic Redundancy for Reduced Error in Micromilling.
(Masters Thesis Arizona State University)
Teaching (TA) Experience
ME 547: Linear Systems Theory (Autumn 2017)
ME 581: Digital Control System Design (Spring 2018)