Launched under the leadership of Distinguished Professor and KUKA Chair of Robotics Henrik I. Christensen as an Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) on November 4, 2013, the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) was built upon foundational work developed over the previous seven years in the former Robotics & Intelligent Machines Center at Georgia Tech​.

Since August 1, 2016, IRIM has been led by Professor & Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems and Controls Magnus Egerstedt. IRIM continues the tradition of designing the next generation of robotics technology and helping to prepare robotics students to be powerful contributors upon entering the high-tech workforce.

IRIM brings together robotics researchers from across campus—spanning colleges, departments and individual labs—to create new collaborative opportunities for faculty, strengthen partnerships with industry and government and maximize the societal impact of the transformative robotics research conducted at Georgia Tech.


By the Numbers

  • 70+ faculty members
  • 180+ graduate students
  • 30+ robotics labs
  • 1,000+ publications
  • $30M+ sponsored research annually


The advancement of society through breakthroughs in automation will have intelligent, adaptive robotic systems at the pinnacle of this achievement. IRIM will not only produce the innovations responsible for achieving this capstone, but we will also demonstrate the role robotic systems play within human-centered environments and communicate the benefits robotics provide to all sectors of society. We will lead the nation and the world in promoting and realizing the potential of robotics for solving the technological challenges facing society today and in the future.


Our vision is that Georgia Tech will be known for transforming the world of robotics and recognized as an international leader in the domains of autonomous systems and human-robot collaborative systems for a variety of applications, especially manufacturing, healthcare and first responder security. We will enable the assembly of strong, innovative, multi-disciplinary teams in support of contemporary and future societal grand challenges. Through our academic and research collaborations across campus, we will graduate a new generation of roboticists who serve on the faculties of leading institutions in a variety of departmental disciplines and work in the most advanced industrial research laboratories.