Created in 2003 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the IRRL is, to our knowledge, the first of its kind: a shared, multi-disciplinary robotics facility at a liberal arts college. Founders Tom Ellman, Luke Hunsberger, Ken Livingston, and John Long continue to fund activity in the IRRL with grants from the NSF and Office of Naval Research. In addition to the annual Robotics Competition, begun in 2003, students conduct independent research and faculty-collaborative research in the IRRL. The current Director of IRRL is Professor John Long (joint appointments in Biology and Cognitive Science); the Assistant Director is Nick Livingston (faculty research associate).

Are you a student interested in robotics?

There are a number of ways for students to get involved with robotics in the IRRL. Typically, students begin their involvement through related coursework in Cognitive Science or Computer Science. Once some experience is gained through coursework, many students choose to enroll in the annual Robot Competition held every Spring semester. Students can also get involved in active research projects through independent study, student employment, or the URSI program.