Motion Capture Lab

Swarm Robot in the Motion Capture Lab.

Inside the SMART Motion Capture Lab, students create a simulated environment to demonstrate how autonomous air and ground robots can work together.

Photo: Douglas Levere


Reservations for the facility will follow this process:

  • Reservations must be initiated by faculty members as they are best positioned to determine the time-sensitive nature of the research.  
  • Requests for access (which must be made at least 2 business days in advance) shall be sent to the SMART email address (
  • Prior to confirming a reservation, prospective users (students and faculty) must complete the COVID-19 governance agreement supplement, attesting to their understanding of and agreement to abide by the revised policies of the space as well as getting the signature of their advisor (digital signatures are acceptable).
  • After receipt of the agreement, the reservation will be confirmed and swipe access requested.

About the Motion Capture Lab

The 1500 sqft SMART Motion Lab is a multipurpose, rapidly reconfigurable facility for small scale production / manufacturing, experiential learning opportunities, and as an authentic test environment for robotics and advanced manufacturing technologies.  Equipped with a 250 ft observation deck, this high bay facility provides an authentic manufacturing environment with the added capability of observing and recording activities in the space.

Who is this facility open to?

Faculty • Staff • Students • Researchers at other academic institutions • Government and industry

Facility Information

126 Bonner Hall, North Campus

Ken English
Deputy Director, SMART Community of Excellence
Phone: (716) 645-2683

Vicon Vantage V8 and Vero v2.2 Optical Motion Capture System

  • The Vicon Vantage V8 and Vero v2.2 optical capture cameras operate at 8.0 and 2.2 megapixel resolution up to 250 and 330 frames per second respectively
  • Better suited for dynamic movement capture of multiple autonomous rigid body object tracking
  • Higher resolution capability of the V8 cameras allows for better tracking of small markers placed close together on rigid bodies
  • Wide field of view capability with a 70 and 86 degree lens and IR strobe field of view capability respectively