Robotics Testbeds

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 participating departments the College of Engineering and the Center for Autonomy.

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 testbeds provide work areas for students to build and assemble mobile robots and an arena for conducting research experiments 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.


Mobile Robotics 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.

New Robotics Pavilion
(conceptual layout)


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