MRC faculty and affiliates preparing proposals: click here for a complete list of MRC facilities useful for inclusion in a proposal.

Orientation for new MRC users and training on MRC equipment is available. Please submit your requests to the Lab Manager at ipenskiy@umd.edu.

MRC Facilities

Brin Family Aerial Robotics Lab

Brin Family Aerial Robotics Lab is a new facility designed for testing flying and ground robotic platforms. The lab has 15 ft high 430 sq.ft netted area for safe quadcopter tests, state-of-the-art Vicon motion capture system, and a workbench with tools for support and maintenance of drones. The lab works as a shared facility and provides access to all MRC faculty and affiliated students. Questions regarding lab usage should be addressed to the lab manager (Ivan Penskiy, ipenskiy@umd.edu).

Robotics and Autonomy Laboratory

The Robotics and Autonomy Laboratory is a multi-functional space on the 3rd floor of the E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory. RAL functions as a shared research and education facility for all MRC faculty and affiliated students. It supports mobile robotics research, robotics prototyping and manufacturing, and optical inspection equipment. Questions regarding lab usage should be addressed to the lab manager (Ivan Penskiy, ipenskiy@umd.edu).

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Robotics Manipulator Lab

Robotics Manipulator Lab features several state-of-the-art manipulators (2 x KUKA LBR iiwa 7, Sawyer, Baxter, UR3e, UR5e) as well as various interchangeable robotic grippers. Manipulators can be easily repositioned into different configurations to allow for collaborative projects with multiple manipulators. The lab works as a shared facility and provides access to all MRC faculty and affiliated students. Questions regarding lab usage should be addressed to the lab manager (Ivan Penskiy, ipenskiy@umd.edu).

Affiliated Facilities

Fearless Flight Facility (F3)

The Fearless Flight Facility (F3) is the only university outdoor flight laboratory for testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region.

Maryland Autonomous Technology Research and Innovation Xploration (MATRIX) Lab

Located in the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM) Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building, the MATRIX Lab features state-of-the-art facilities for autonomous vehicle research including an 80’ by 60’ open air-land lab with an amphibious pool, a hydrology lab featuring a circulating water channel with a 80 cm by 130 cm cross-section, an AR/VR capable research space, roof-top antenna farm, and outdoor ground and air vehicle testing.

neutral buoyancy tanks

Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility

Principal Investigator(s): David Akin

The Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility is a one-of-a-kind world-class facility, the largest such facility on a university campus, as well as the only one with underwater motion capture.

UMD UAS Research and Operations Center (UROC)

The University of Maryland UAS Research and Operations Center (UROC) is a research and operations facility based in California, Maryland that works with university, government, and private partners to advance UAS research and demonstrate operational capabilities.

Faculty Labs

Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML)

Principal Investigator(s): Hugh Bruck

The focus of the lab is on both process as well as system level manufacturing solutions. The current research activities include manufacturing process and system simulation, process planning, production planning, manufacturability analysis, and nanomaterial processing. Current facilities include injection molding, CNC machining, ceramic gel casting, in-mold assembly, layered manufacturing, power processing, high temperature sintering, and resin transfer molding.

Advanced Robotics Development Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): David Akin, Craig Carignan

The Advanced Robotics Development Laboratory is a complete spacecraft integration facility that includes rapid prototyping equipment, a class 10,000 cleanroom, high-precision metrology instrumentation, a thermal chamber, and a thermal vacuum chamber.

Autonomy Robotics Cognition Lab

Principal Investigator(s): John S. Baras, Yiannis Aloimonos, Don Perlis, Cornelia Fermüller

The ARC lab brings together leading-edge approaches in systems engineering, autonomous robotics, computer vision, and cognitive computation to create a diverse research environment supported by experts in multiple domains.

Bio-Imaging and Machine Vision Lab

Principal Investigator(s): Yang Tao

Our research focuses on the application of machine vision to industrial automation, food processing, biomedical and agriculture applications.

Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Ryan D. Sochol

The Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory pioneers micro/nanoscale additive manufacturing or “3D printing” strategies that advance the life sciences and biomedical applications, and ultimately, benefit human health and well-being.

Collaborative Controls and Robotics Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Yancy Diaz-Mercado

The Collaborative Controls and Robotics Laboratory (CCRL) focuses on developing collaborative autonomy in multi-agent systems using tools from network and optimal control theory with a range of applications from human-swarm interactions, wind-field monitoring for energy harvesting, and autonomous surgery.

Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Derek A. Paley

The long-term goal of this lab is to improve our understanding of collective behavior in biological groups and to apply this understanding to synthesize bio-inspired motion-coordination algorithms for autonomous robots.

Composites Research Laboratory (CORE)

Principal Investigator(s): Norman M. Wereley

The Composites Research Laboratory (CORE) at the University of Maryland, College Park provides an environment for educational, research, and development activity in composite materials and structures. The goals of the laboratory are to promote the understanding and the use of composite materials, to maintain up-to-date manufacturing and testing facilities to conduct basic research, and to provide an accessible knowledge and technology base.

Computational Sensorimotor Systems Laboratory (CSSL)

Principal Investigator(s): Timothy Horiuchi

CSS laboratory is dedicated to the understanding and silicon implementation of the neural algorithms that support bat echolocation and echolocation-guided navigation in airborne vehicles. With a focus on sensorimotor problems, our main interest lies in adaptive sensing that gathers data specific to changing task specifications and changing levels of data quality.

Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL)

Principal Investigator(s): Cornelia Fermüller

The Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL) continues to advance new discoveries in facial and gait recognition, spatial audio analysis, autonomy in robotics to include navigation and surveillance, and more.

CPS & Cooperative Autonomy Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): Nuno Martins

The CPS and Cooperative Autonomy Laboratory houses projects related to cyber-physical systems and it focuses on the implementation of decentralized algorithms for control, coordination, estimation and detection.

Extended Reality Flight Simulation and Control Lab

Principal Investigator(s): Umberto Saetti

The Extended Reality Flight Simulation and Control Lab combines (1) virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), (2) wearable devices such as full-body haptic feedback and biometry tracking suits, and (3) motion-base systems to create immersive, Extended Reality (XR) piloted flight simulations. Research topics include human-machine interaction, innovative pilot cueing methods, and advanced flight control laws.


Principal Investigator(s): Mark D. Fuge

The Informatics for Design, Engineering And Learning (IDEAL) Lab studies how to make machines that learn how to design and build other machines. They use Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Crowdsourcing to understand how large groups of people design things and how complex engineered systems work, so that they can use the data they produce to make them better.

Integrated Biomorphic Information Systems Lab

Principal Investigator(s): Pamela Abshire

The lab’s vision is to understand interactions among communication and computing and the physical world in which we. To accomplish these goals, the lab is developing hybrid bioelectronic systems, incorporating principles of adaptation into electronic systems, and working to understand performance-resource tradeoffs in biology and microelectronics. This research aims to create new hardware for sensing, computing, and communicating under severe resource constraints – particularly for applications in miniature and autonomous robots..

Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory

Principal Investigator(s): P. S. Krishnaprasad

The Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory (ISL) was the first lab in the Institute for Systems Research devoted to problems in robotics.

Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Center for Technology and Systems Management

Principal Investigator(s): Bilal M. Ayyub

The 21st century will see the dawn of intelligent systems. The 19th century gave rise to advanced mechanical systems, and the 20th century to electro-mechanical systems.

Laboratory for Microtechnologies

Principal Investigator(s): Elisabeth Smela

The Laboratory for MicroTechnologies has state-of-the art facilities for realizing next-generation micro-scale to meso-scale polymer robots. We are developing new actuation technologies, based on soft materials that utilize electrochemical, electroosmotic, and electrostatic phenomena. The lab has the following capabilities.