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Intelligent Robotics Lab

The Intelligent Robotics Lab (IRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an initiative of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL). The lab is a shared research facility supported in part by the Center for Autonomy, the Grainger College of Engineering and participating departments.

Intelligent Robotics Lab Located in the CSL Studio


This innovative lab seeks to make breakthroughs in key aspects of Mobile Robotics. Researchers from around campus utilize the facility to develop the latest robotic systems that focus mainly on the challenges of Decision, Control and Autonomy.

Intelligent Robotics Lab


The IRL facility provides a Builders Room for students to build and assemble mobile robots and a Flying Arena for conducting tests with aerial and terrestrial robots. The arena is equipped with a motion capture system capable of millimeter accuracy. The system allows tracking and position feedback in an indoor facility where GPS is unavailable.

Flying Arena


An expansion of IRL has been constructed to provide additional space for autonomy and robotics research experimentation and further foster research collaboration across campus involving robot manipulators and mobile robots.

Robotics Pavilion


 The Highbay Testbed, our satellite location, is a recent addition located on the south side of campus.  This testbed facility provides an open work area, 3000 sq ft, with a high ceiling for experimenting with large research equipment. 

Highbay Testbed Facility on South Campus


The lab is located in Bay C, which houses a mechanical & electronic workshop, our autonomous electric vehicle, provided by AutonomouStuff, and an R-Gator research platform. 

Highbay Testbed Mechanical & Electrical Workbenches and Autonomous Fleet in the Foreground


Self-driving experimentation is conducted in the area outside in the backlot of the facility.

Autonomous Driving Test Track


Please See the Following Pages for More Information
on the Center for Autonomy Testbed Labs

Be a Part of IRL
Lab Manual
Lab Schedule
Reserve Lab Time

Sample Projects and Experiments Conducted in IRL

Questions About the Intelligent Robotics Lab?

Please contact the Manager and Coordinator of the CSL Shared Robotics Spaces

John M. Hart
Principal Research Engineer
Coordinated Science Laboratory