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Center for Autonomy Robotics Labs

The Center for Autonomy (CfA) Robotics Laboratories at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are shared research facilities supported in part by the Center for Autonomy, the Grainger College of Engineering, the Coordinated Science Laboratory and participating departments.

The Robotics Pavilion and Autonomy Arena are Located in the CSL Studio


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

Autonomy Arena and Robot Builders Room


These facilities provide the ability for students to build and assemble mobile robots and an 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.

Autonomy Arena


The Robotics Pavilion provides additional space for autonomy and robotics research and further fosters interdisciplinary research collaboration across campus involving robot manipulators and mobile robot experimentation.

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 Testbed is located in Bay C, which houses a mechanical & electronic workshop, our autonomous electric vehicles, 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 by researchers and students 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 the CfA Testbeds
Lab Manual
Lab Schedule
Reserve Lab Time

Sample Projects and Experiments Conducted in the CfA Testbed Labs

Questions About the Center for Autonomy Testbed Labs?

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

John M. Hart
Principal Research Engineer
Coordinated Science Laboratory