Message from the Director

Magnus Egerstedt

The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) is one of Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary research institutes, bringing together robotics researchers, educators, and students from all across campus. Since its launch in 2013, IRIM has produced a number of highly visible and impactful projects, such as high-speed autonomously driving cars, robotic musicians, learning-by-demonstration manufacturing robots, assistive and prosthetic robotic devices, mixed ground-air robot swarms, humanoid robots, and robotic snakes. And we are constantly continuing to push the robotics frontier, organized around the core areas of Human-Augmentation and Autonomy.

Broadly speaking, robots are moving out of highly controlled and structured environments (e.g., cages on the manufacturing floor) and into the messy worlds co-inhabited by humans, such as in homes, hospitals, farms, manufacturing floors, warehouses, and battle-fields. This robot migration requires not only new engineering and computing ideas, but also meaningful connections with psychology, economics, public policy, and even the arts. These interdisciplinary connections fit Georgia Tech perfectly and one of our key strengths is in precisely this domain of Collaborative Robotics, i.e., robots working autonomously alongside people.

By gathering the many excellent and diverse robotics activities at Georgia Tech under one umbrella, we are able to be more effective than we would be in isolation. In fact, our explicit mission is to create new and exciting, collaborative opportunities for faculty in these research areas, educate the next generation of technical, entrepreneurial, and educational robotics leaders, impact society in Georgia and beyond, and partner with industry and government to pursue truly transformative robotics research!

Magnus Egerstedt