The Intelligent Robotics and Automation Laboratory (IRAL) was established in 1985 by Em.Prof. Spyros Tzafestas at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The mission of IRAL is to advance and sustain research and to support teaching in the broad fields of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Systems, Control and Automation. Basic and applied research is conducted in both theoretical and application problems whose fundamentals lie in the intersection of various fields of engineering and applied sciences, such as control, systems theory, signal processing, informatics and communications, and whose applications span the fields of intelligent and robotic systems.
To build robotic systems that are able of performing complex tasks in unstructured and dynamic environments requires the combination of various perception, reasoning and motor skills, which calls for joining research efforts from various scientific disciplines covering the broad field of cognitive and robotic systems. In this context, our main goal within IRAL is to combine scientific and technological advances from two fundamental research domains:
i) intelligent, dynamic and cognitive robot control and robot learning
ii) multimodal sensory processing, data fusion, pattern recognition and robot perception.
Driving application areas of our research activities focus primarily on human-centered environments, including medical robotics and assistive robotic technologies, but also span other domains including, but not limited to, industrial robot-integrated automation processes, as well as bioengineering, digital arts, cultural heritage, and intelligent sensor networks.