School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab)


Since the establishment of Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab) in August 2013, the space has turned into a flourishing hub of activity. The laboratory accommodates everything from teaching classes to student clubs and graduate research. The wide range of activities facilitates hands-on learning by multi-disciplinary teams.

Current and future research focuses on developing the lab as a center for innovation and advancement of robotics. Our graduate students are working on algorithms to create autonomous robots. The potential uses of robots is limitless and we want to contribute to its rapid deployment and adoption in education, agriculture, military, manufacturing, and many others.

AI – Washington State Magazine

David Wasson from Washington State Magazine wrote about some of our lab’s work in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Read more about the article from Washington State magazine.


2017 JCATI Symposium

Viresh Duvvuri, Joo Heon, and Dr. Matthew E. Taylor presented a poster on “Baton: A Low-Cost Aerial Delivery Vehicle” at the 2017 JCATI Symposium, held at the University of Washington.

The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) is an initiative to stimulate aerospace economic development and job creation in Washington State by funding collaborations between the aerospace industry and academic researchers at the State’s public 4-year institutions of higher education.

At the annual symposium, students, researchers, and industry partners working on JCATI-funded projects meet to share and discuss the progress made on their respective projects. The symposium highlights current JCATI projects, expert aerospace speakers, a student “elevator speech” competition, and a poster session. This unique forum draws attendees from academia, government, industry, and non-profits engaged in Washington aerospace.

Read his poster here.

Yunshu Du placed 2nd in GPSA Research Exposition 2017

Yunshu Du‘s research on Data Mining the Cougarcard for Student Fitness, ranked 2nd in the “Administrative & Information Systems” category during the 2017 Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Research Exposition held last Friday. The competition only accepted 55% of submitted abstracts, and only 15% of the presenters are receiving awards. Yunshu will receive a scholarship money and will be awarded a plaque at the GPSA Excellence Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 17th.

Congratulations from your IRL Lab family!!!

Halt, in the name of the drone – The Spokesman-Review

The Pullman Police Department is collaborating with Dr. Matthew Taylor in developing a program on how to use drones for law enforcement in the city. Read more about the article at The Spokesman-Review:

2017 GPSA Research Exposition

IRL Lab members Bei Peng, Yunshu Du and Shivam Goel presented their research work in the 2017 Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Research Exposition held at the Compton Union Building, Senior Ballroom on March 31, 2017. During the research exposition, Shivam Goel had a rare opportunity of presenting his research to President Kirk Schulz.

The GPSA Research Exposition is an opportunity for WSU graduate and professional students to showcase their research work that allows networking with fellow WSU graduate student, professors, researchers, and industry representatives as well as to the general public.

Below are links to their research posters:

Curriculum Design for Machine Learners in Sequential Decision Tasks by Bei Peng
Data Mining the Cougarcard for Student Fitness by Yunshu Du
Bird Deterrence with Drones: Engineering a Smart Scarecrow by Shivam Goel