Be a Part of IRL


Thank you for your interest in joining the Intelligent Robotics Lab.


          Please see the instructions below to join.  It would also be good to meet with the Manager and Lab Coordinator of the Robotics Shared Labs to discuss your work to see how additional assistance can be provided during your experimentation.

         To join the Intelligent Robotics Lab please complete the following items:

         A request to activate your i-card for access to IRL can be been made once you have reviewed the UIUC DRS Policy and our updated version of the IRL Lab Manual.

         DRS Site:

         IRL Lab Manual:

         You must then accept and state that you will abide by the lab rules and send your DRS certificate(s) of completion with your UIN# to the Manager of the CSL Shared Robotics Laboratories (John M. Hart,

         Please also fill out the form to join the lab or be added to an existing project.  Subprojects (more detailed than the original) of an existing project should be registered as well.  Once you receive your project number, you can submit requests for time on the schedule.

         IRL Join the Lab:  (see below)

         Please let me know when you would be able to schedule a time for Lab Safety Training and also a time for a Flight Test, if applicable.  We have a flight simulator and also a small quadcopter for students to practice with prior to testing.  The first parts of the Flight Test can be conducted with any UAV and the simulator can be used for more complicated maneuvers.  However, the last part of the Flight Test requires showing the actual maneuvers you will be making with the research platform you will be using during your research.

         At this time only graduate students can obtain access to IRL and fly in the arena.  However, undergraduates can work in the lab and participate with experimentation, when accompanied by a graduate student from your project, after completing Lab Safety Training.


To Become a Lab Member or Submit a New Project:

  • Log in (and come back to this page) using your University NetID.
  • Read the Lab Manual page.
  • Submit the application form below on this page.
  • You will receive your application decision via email, then visit Reserve Lab page to reserve your lab time.


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