Robotic Research Labs

  • AASS Mobile Robotics Lab - University of Orebro, Sweden group specializing in topology-based maps, real-time deliberation, active perceptual anchoring, and fuzzy behavior-based control of mobile manipulators.
  • Active Structures Laboratory - Part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Department that specializes in walking machines, gait control, micro robots, pipe robots, active isolation, and vibroacoustics.
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics Centre - Middlesex University group specializing rehabilitation robotics, control systems, robot positioning, and automation of hazardous processes.
  • AG Technische Informatik - Based at the University of Bielefeld. Main research topics include biorobotics, cognitive robotics, sensorimotor control, and parallel computation.
  • ANU Robotic Systems Lab - Based at the Australian National University. RSL undertakes research projects with real robots working in the real world, in real time. Research topics include co-operative robot systems, mobile robot navigation, active vision, robot learning and human-robot/computer interaction.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory - AIROLAB is part of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. The lab specializes in the software aspects of agent design and implemented of agent architectures are on various robots.
  • Artificial Muscle Research Institute - The goal of the institute is to develop, design, fabricate, test, and commercialize electrically and chemically controlled artificial muscles.
  • Artificial Perception Group - Research topics include architecture for multi-sensor integration and artificial perception, data fusion, active perception, and hierarchical multi-agents architectures.
  • Australian Centre for Field Robotics - University of Sydney group concerned with the application of advanced control, sensing and systems engineering principles to the development of autonomous machines operating in outdoor, variable and hostile environments.
  • Automatic Control & Systems Engineering - University of Sheffield group specializing in intelligent systems and control, nonlinear systems, and signal processing.
  • Automation and Robotics Research Institute - ARRI is a University of Texas at Arlington research group specializing in design, analysis, simulation (discrete-event and kinematic) and prototype development of automated assembly, process, and material handling systems.
  • Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute - AUSI is a not-for-profit research institute focused on promoting commercial applications of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), platforms and sensors.
  • Bio-Mimetic Control Research Center - Topics include biological control systems, motor system control theory, biologically integrative sensors, and environment adaptive robotic systems. Site in English and Japanese.
  • Biomimetic Robotics Lab at Stanford University - Research on developing a new class of biologically inspired robots that are substantially more compliant and stable than current robots.
  • Biomimetic Underwater Robot Program - Northeastern University Marine Science Center program sponsored by DARPA and ONR. Focuses on autonomous underwater robots. Biomimetic neurotechnology is being used to create Lobster and Lamprey Robots.
  • BU Intelligent Mechatronics Lab - Boston University group that specializes in medical robotics, structural dynamics, and mobile robot communications.
  • Caltech Robotics Group - Research topics include sensor based motion planning, robot locomotion, control theory, medical robotics, and modular robots.
  • CEDRA - Center of Excellence in Design, Robotics and Automation - Robotics Research department of The Sharif University of Technology, Iran.
  • The Center for Automation and Intelligent Systems Research - The Case Western Reserve CAISR lab integrates robotics, neural networks, machine vision and other advanced technologies to create flexible, automated, intelligent systems.
  • Center for Distributed Robotics - Located at the University of Minnesota, research includes the coordination and deployment of multi-robot teams in various applications.
  • Center for Intelligent Robotics - CRI is a UNINOVA research group that specializes in sensorial systems, robotic systems, autonomous agents, and social implication of automation.
  • Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue - Non-profit research center based at the University of Florida. Led by Robin Murphy CRASAR develops robotic technologies to assist search and rescue teams.
  • Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems, University of Kentucky - Research center established in 1986 to provide manufacturing technological assistance for Kentucky's industries. Specializes in applied machine vision and industrial robotics.
  • Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems - Multi-disciplinary research group at Utah State University that focuses on the design, development, and implementation of intelligent, autonomous mechatronic systems.
  • Centibots: The 100 Robots Project - DARPA funded project using many small robots for mapping and search missions. Videos and publications describing the collaborative communications architecture used by the Centibots.
  • Centre for Autonomous Systems - Based at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm. The centre does research in (semi-) autonomous systems including mobile robot systems for manufacturing, domestic and outdoor applications.
  • Charité Surgical Navigation and Robotics Lab - Engineers, computer scientists, and doctors work together at this lab to develop surgical robotics technologies.
  • CMU Robotics Institute Manipulation Lab - Research into the fundamental mechanics of manipulation, the modelling of physical processes, and the minimum sensor information needed to accomplish a given manipulation task.
  • CMU Sensor Based Planning Lab - Specializes in topological simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) techniques as well as the development of highly-articulated snake robots, painting robots, and demining robots.
  • CMU TeamBots Multirobot control systems - Lists resources and software that have been developed as part of the CMU research project in multi robot control methods.
  • Coimbra Institute of Systems and Robotics - Specializes in robotics vision, autonomous systems, multi-sensor fusion, tele-operation, sensor development, motors and drives. Based at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Columbia University Robotics Group - Research interests include construction of geometric and photometric correct 3D models, 3D grasping and simulation, micro-manipulation, visual servoing, visual control, model-based planning.
  • Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group - University of Alberta group. Research topics include dexterous manipulation, vision-based world modeling for mobile robot exploration, and collective robotic intelligence.
  • Control Systems Engineering Group - Research areas include intelligent control and decision making; distributed, hierarchical, and hybrid systems and control; and fault tolerant control. Based at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.
  • Cornell Robotics and Vision Laboratory - Research topics include computer vision, distributed manipulation, and micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS). Based at the Computer Science department of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States.
  • CSIRO Mining Automation - Research into the issues relating to automation of mining. Projects include automated digital terrain mapping, undersea exploration and mining, and rapid roadway development. Based at The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies in Australia.
  • Cybernet Systems Corporation - A commercial research and development lab specializing in software intelligence, network connectivity, robotics, and man-machine interaction.
  • DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics - Research topics include robotic systems, multibody dynamics, robust control, and control design engineering.
  • Embedded Systems and Robotics Lab (RESY) - Based at the University of Köln in Germany. Research-topics include navigation for milling, manipulation of deformable linear objects, and safety strategies for human-robot cooperation.
  • Enrico Piaggio Robotics Group - An interdepartmental Research Center of the University of Pisa devoted to the field robotics and bioengineering. Includes research activities and researcher profiles.
  • EPFL Autonomous Systems Lab - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology research group specializing in autonomous control of robots in uncertain and highly dynamic environments.
  • ESG Lego Robotics Seminar - Provides information about the MIT Lego Robotics seminars. Photos from past seminars, project lists, and links to resources.
  • ETHZ Institute of Robotics - Specializes in the dynamics of controlled system, mechatronics, robotics, and nanotechnology. IfR is part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland
  • FIU Robotics and Automation Laboratory - Florida International University research group specializing in teleoperation, telesensation, mechatronics, and fault-tolerant systems.
  • Fraunhofer Autonomous Intelligence Systems - Research areas include software agents, mobile robots, sensor-based navigation, and biomimetic robotics. Site in multiple languages.
  • Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Lab - The lab's charter is to discover and develop fundamental scientific principles and practices that are applicable to intelligent mobile robot systems.
  • GT MARS - DARPA Mobile Autonomous Robot Software (MARS) project. MARS involves research into multi-level learning in hybrid deliberative/reactive mobile robot architecture.
  • GTRI ATAS Laboratory - Non-profit research group specializing in aerial robotics, entomopters, and advanced flight behaviors.
  • The Harvard Robotics Laboratory - Founded in 1983, HRL does research on the topics of robotic manipulation, choreography of dynamic systems, system identification, ananlog computation, and pattern generation.
  • Havard Biorobotics Laboratory - Harvard University group working in surgical robotics, haptic interfaces, tactile sensing, and biomechanics.
  • Hovercraft Testbed for Decentralized Control (HOTDEC) - University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign research project consisting of self-propelled and self-controlled hovercraft floating on a airhockey-type table.
  • HUT - Automation Technology Laboratory - Specializes in the field of automation technology including robotics, mechatronics and control of industrial processes.
  • HUT Automation Technology Laboratory - Helsinki University of Technology group specializing in mechatronics, perception, navigation, legged machines, and mobile robot societies.
  • ICS Computer Vision and Robotics Laboratory - Research efforts are directed towards visual perception of static and dynamic characteristics of the 3-D world (depth, shape, color, motion), object tracking, robot navigation and behaviour modelling.
  • Idaho National Lab Adaptive Robotics Program - Research areas include multi-robot systems, robots performing 10,000 feet or more below sea-level, automation of commercial farming and mining equipment.
  • Institute for Automation - Research group based at the University of Leoben in Austria. Research topics include image processing, kinematics, machine learning, and industrial robotics.
  • Institute for Process Control and Robotics - Based at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, this group performs research into sensor based autonomous robotics, collision-free motion planning, and human-robot cooperation.
  • Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems - IRIS is a University of Southern California group with a focus on molecular robotics, MEMS, programmable automation, computer vision, and mobile robots.
  • Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems - IRIS is a part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zürich (ETHZ), and focuses on integrating robotics with the research areas of robotic micro-manipulation, hybrid MEMS, biomanipulation and micromechatronic systems.
  • Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group - University of Amsterdam group that studies methodologies to create intelligent autonomous systems, which perceive their environment through sensors and use that information to generate intelligent, goal-directed behaviour.
  • Intelligent Robotics Research Centre (IRRC) - The IRRC at Monash University in Australia conducts research primarily in mobile robot navigation, machine perception and manipulation.
  • Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory - Part of the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. The primary goal of this lab is to advance the state-of-the art in the design and real-time control of smart systems such as robots and automated vehicles.
  • The Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center - Sandia National Lab group specializing in robotic vehicles, collective behavior for controller robot swarms, military robotic systems analysis, and massively parallel robot simulations.
  • ISA System Engineering and Automation Department - Research topics include multi-robot systems, surgical robots, telerobotics, computer vision, automation, and remote sensing.
  • IU Hardware Methods Group - Research topics include Kirchoff machines, robot locomotion, and vision. Site also includes information on the Stiquito six legged robot.
  • The JANUS Project - The goal of this project is to build an anthropomorphic two-armed robot combined with a multi-camera vision system. The geometry of the system was inspired by the upper part of a human body.
  • JHU Robot And Protein Kinematics Group - Johns Hopkins University group specializing in kinematic studies of robots, metamorphic robots, and binary robots.
  • Jouhou System Kougaku Laboratory - University of Tokyo research lab. Research project include various humanoid robots, soft-spine robots, artificial skin, gel robots, and motion planning.
  • Laboratory for Computational Intelligence - University of British Columbia group specializing in decision-making, planning, reasoning, learning, object recognition, automation, mobile robotics, telerobotics, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.
  • Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics - The LPR at the University of Massachusetts Amherst conducts research on humanoid robots, grasping and manipulation, legged locomotion, networked sensors and motor services.
  • Laval University Robotics Laboratory - Mainly focused on the study of parallel mechanisms and articulated robotic hands.
  • LIRA-Lab: Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics - Artificial vision and sensory-motor coordination from a computational neuroscience perspective. Experimentation is done with humanoid robots as well as basic research on artificial vision and robot control.
  • LUCS Robotics and Vision Lab - Lund University Cognitive Science group specializing in mobile robots, autonomous learning, neural vision, and intelligence.
  • Lucy Bipedal Walking Robot - A project of the Multibody Mechanics Research Group at the Free University of Brussels. Lucy was designed for research into the use of pneumatic artificial muscles for locomotion.
  • Lund University, Division of Robotics - Research includes development of simulation tools to improve the performance of industrial and service robotics.
  • LUT Robotics & Automation Department - Luleå University of Technology group specializing in telerobotics and models and algorithms for controlling the motion of robots using geometrical sensors.
  • Machine Intelligence Lab - University of Cambridge Department of Engineering research group. Specializes in computer vision, speech processing, and pattern recognition.
  • Machine Intelligence Laboratory - Based at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering in the United Kingdom. Research topics include interpretation of visual motion, robot guidance, face detection, speech recognition and speech synthesis.
  • Manchester Robotics - University of Manchester, Department of Computer Science group specializing in medical robotics, mobile robots, walking robots, sociable robotics, and evolutionary robotics.
  • McGill University Center for Intelligent Machines - Research topics include ambulatory robotics, mobile robotics, artificial perception, haptics, industrial automation, motor vision, and shape analysis.
  • McGill University Mobile Robotics Research - Searchable bibliography, project list and other resources.
  • Mechatronic Systems and Robotics Research Group - University of Surrey lab researching robotic workcells, industrial robotics, sensors, and robot control.
  • MIT Leg Laboratory - Focused on legged locomotion and dynamic legged robots. Images, videos, and specifications for walking, running, and hopping robots including Troody the robotic dinosaur.
  • MIT Robot Pike Project - A robotic fish designed to learn more about the complex fluid mechanics that fish use to propel themselves. Photos and video.
  • Multi-purpose Aerial Robotic Vehicle with Intelligent Navigation, TU Berlin - At the University Berlin, Marvin, a descendant of the airplane-robot Tubrob is developed.
  • NASA Advanced Autonomy for Rovers Project - This NASA group aims to advance the state of the art in ground operations and onboard autonomy for flight rovers by investigating the complex problems of autonomy in adverse environments.
  • NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group - Dedicated to enabling humans and robots to explore and learn about extreme environments, remote locations and uncharted worlds. This group specializes in computer vision, human-robot interaction, mobile manipulation, interactive 3D visualization and robot software architecture.
  • NASA JPL Robotics - Performs development, integration, and demonstration of innovative robotics and automation technologies, supporting NASA missions and addressing other problems of national importance.
  • NASA Robotic Vehicles Group - This NASA Jet Propulsion Lab group performs research, development, and tests of mobile robots in support of planetary exploration missions and terrestrial applications for NASA and other Government agencies.
  • NASA Space Telerobotics Program - NASA group responsible for robotics and planetary rover research for the agency prior to 1997.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Robotics and Energetic Systems Group - ORNL Group performs research and development in the fields of robotics, exoskeletons, human amplifying machines, and advanced mobility devices.
  • Oxford Robotics Research Group - Research topics include active vision, visual geometry, pattern analysis, machine learning, sonar imaging, sensor systems, and artificial neural networks.
  • Pace University Robotics Lab - Focuses on building and testing a robot cognitive architecture. Also does research on intelligent agents for network security and intrusion detection.
  • Purdue Robot Vision Lab - Specialties include 3D object recognition, vision-guided navigation for indoor mobile robots, task and assembly planning.
  • Research in the field of robots and cyborgs - Gert conducts research in the field of robots and cyborgs.
  • RHINO-Project - A group based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bonn that studies Intelligent Autonomous Systems. Topics include robotic agents, structured reactive controllers, robot learning, planning, perception, and reasoning.
  • Robotic Group DIEES University of CATANIA - Service Robotic research projects include volcano inspection robots, orange picking robots, climbing robots and microrobots.
  • Robotics / Autonomous Mechanical Systems - R/AMeS is a Linköping University group. Research topics include model based inertial sensing, teleoperated robotics, mobile robots, and industrial robots.
  • Robotics and Computer Vision Laboratory - University of Illinois group based at the Beckman Institute. Specializes in robot vision technologies such as curved object recognition and structure from motion algorithms.
  • Robotics and Process Control - A discontinued group at University of Kaiserslautern that specialized in mobile robots, 3D sonar sensing, and 3D scanning.
  • Robotics at Brown University - Research topics include environment mapping and path planning.
  • The Robotics Institute of CMU - Established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Links to a range of specific robots and labs.
  • Robotics Institute: Robot Learning Lab - Offers details regarding Carnegie Mellon University research initiatives and lists publications and related personnel.
  • Robotics, Perception and Real Time Group - Universitity of Zaragoza, Spain group that specializes in mobile robot localization, map building, navigation, multi-sensor fusion, sensor-based control, and manipulators.
  • Robotics University of Utah - Topics include agents, hybrid mobile robots, humanoid robots, haptic interfaces, and personal assistive devices
  • Robotika.cz - Czech Research group that develops robots for competition using a variety of technologies. Site also provides local robot news and information for other Czech robotics researchers.
  • The robots at LAMI - Lists robotics related activities at EPFL in Switzerland.
  • Scientific American: Controlling Robots with the Mind - October 2002 article detailing research into direct brain control of robotic prosthetic devices, by Miguel A. L. Nicolelis and John K. Chapin
  • SIUE Robotics Page - Information on autonomous robot research and student robotics projects at the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville.
  • Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - SPAWAR is a US Navy laboratory that has conducted research on space, land, air, and ocean robots since the 1960s.
  • Space Systems Laboratory, University of Maryland - Consists of understanding how you do work in space; with people, with robots and how the two work together.
  • Spy Flies - Describes research on tiny robotic flyers, called Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), being developed for military and civilian applications.
  • Stanford AI Lab (SAIL) - home for researchers in the Stanford Computer Science Department whose primary research focus is Artificial Intelligence. Specializes in including manipulation, machine learning, navigation, vision, tactile sensing, and reasoning.
  • Stanford Dextrous Manipulation Lab - Standford University lab specializing in telemanipulation with haptic feedback, biomimetic robots, and other tactile and haptic research.
  • State Research Center of Russia - Russia's Central Research and Development Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (CRDI RTC). Research topics include robotics and cybernetics for space, air, terrestrial, and anti-terrorism applications.
  • Swarm-bots project - EU-IST project aimed at the study of new approaches to design and implementation of self-organizing and self-assembling artifacts.
  • Swarm-Intelligent Systems Research Group at EPFL - Research on design, modeling, control, and optimization methodologies for self-organized, collectively intelligent, distributed systems with special emphasis on multi-robot platforms, sensor and actuator networks, and intelligent vehicles.
  • Sydney University Unmanned Aircraft Research - Research topics include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), mini Air Vehicles (mAVs), Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPVs), Self Piloted Vehicles (SPVs), and other robotic aircraft.
  • Taygeta Scientific Research - Projects include autonomous walkers, Palm-Pilot robots, motion and path planning, and motor control. Site also includes resources on Forth programming and Kalman filters.
  • Technische Universität München Robot Vision Group - Research goal is to make robots more intelligent by teaching them to collect, interpret and use sensor information autonomously.
  • Toy Robots Initiative - A research project at Carnegie Mellon University. It aims to commercialize robotics technologies in education, toys and entertainment.
  • UC Berkeley Robotics and Intelligent Machines Lab - University of California at Berkeley. Research topics include medical robotics, adaptation and learning, micromechanical flying insects, micro-robotics, and aerobots.
  • UFL Machine Intelligence Laboratory - University of Florida group specializing in UAVs, Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), and underwater robotics.
  • UIC Computer Vision and Robotics Laboratory - University of Illinois at Chicago group specializing in robot control, haptics, mobile robotics, computer vision.
  • Ulm Robotics - University of Ulm group with interests that include distributed mobile robot control, biometric multi-modal learning, and robocup robotics.
  • UM Mobile Robotics Lab - Research areas include mobile robots, obstacle avoidance, robot positioning, and robotic aids for the disabled.
  • UMD Autonomous Mobile Robot Lab - University of Maryland group specializing in robots for education and entertainment, goal-based robotics and motion planning.
  • UNH Robotics Laboratory - Researches the problem of vibration control in robotics through real-time control experiments and simulation.
  • University of Alberta Robotics Research Group - Specializes in telepresence, multi-agent systems, robotic collectives, tactile sensing, and dextrous manipulation.
  • University of Bochum Neuroinformatics Institute - Research topics include robotics, computer vision, neural robotics skills, and navigation systems for autonomous mobile robots.
  • University of Delaware Robotics and Control - Research topics include dynamic systems, fabrication of novel robots, rehabilitation robotics, and precision farming machines.
  • University of Maribor Institute of Robotics - Research is divided into three groups: industrial robotics, kinematics and simulations, and power electronics.
  • University of Texas at Austin Robotics Research Group - A research group focusing on the development of intelligent, modular, and reconfigurable robotics and automation systems.
  • University of Zurich AI Lab - Works on biologically inspired robotics, particularly the principle of embodied intelligence. The lab is transdisciplinary and includes researchers in the fields of computer science, mathematics, physics, biology, ethology, neurobiology, psychology, mechanical and electronics.
  • UP Mobile Robotics Laboratory - University of the Philippines Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department robotics lab. Primarily concerned with mobile robots as intelligent agents. Research areas included path planning and area mapping.
  • UR Vision and Robotics Research - University of Rochester group specializing in appearance based recognition, mobile robots, and the use virtual reality techniques in psychophysics experiments to learn about the human brain and the human visual system.
  • USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems - CRES is the second largest robotics research center in the United States. Brings together more than eight USC robotics research labs.
  • USC Robotics Research Lab - Part of the University of Southern California Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems. Research includes multi-robot interaction, coordination, and communication; humanoid robotics; and software development.
  • UT Intelligent Robotics Research - University of Texas group working on spatial semantic hierarchies, vision recognition systems, manipulators, and mobile robots.
  • UWE Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab - Researches ways in which autonomous robots - large and small; walking, climbing and flying - can be developed to 'do the right thing at the right time'.
  • Vanderbilt University Intelligent Robotics Laboratory - Research topics include human-robot teams, human-robot interface, mobile robot navigation, range-free perception-based navigation, sensory egospheres, and vision/image processing systems.
  • Vision-based Robot Localization - Research on various statistical localization architectures, with focus on vision based systems done by David Yuen of the University of Auckland Robotics Group. Description, presentations, and bibliography.
  • VUB Brussels AI Laboratory - Current focus is on the origins of language and robotic agents. Prior research projects include a robotic fish and other mobile robots.
  • Walking Machines Catalogue - Provide a list of walking machines developed in the robotics research community. Search for robots as well as submit walking robot via a web form.
  • Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics - WCSAR is a NASA sponsored research center that helps with the commercialization of robotics, automation, and other advanced technologies.

Help build the largest human-edited directory on the web.
Submit a Site - Open Directory Project - Become an Editor





Vocational and Technical Careers - Training

Teacher Jobs -- Test Prep

 Interesting Reading

Carbon Module


Explain it with Molecules

Basics -- Robotics

Robotics in Space

Robots in the Home

Robots in the Military

Questions or Comments?
Copyright © 1999 EdInformatics.com
All Rights Reserved.