Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab) Welcome


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.

Congratulations to Bei and Chris for successfully defending their PhD Dissertation

Congratulations to Bei Peng and Chris Cain for successfully defending their PhD Dissertation on July 3rd. They’re headed to Microsoft Research (internship) and Rocky Mountain College (tenure track), respectively!

Join the upcoming Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Event with Yunshu Du on July 27

Yunshu will be hosting a webinar for the CRA-W Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall (VUTH) series on July 27 at 1 pm (PDT). The idea of the VUTH is to have a speaker present an introduction to their research area and a few results, and then have the speaker present on a mentoring topic that’s suitable for undergraduate students and encourage them to get involved.

Yunshu will present her research on “Speeding up Deep Reinforcement Learning via Transfer and Multitask Learning”, and organize a mentor topic on “How to Choose a Research Direction as an Undergraduate”. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to get useful information from a Ph.D. student, who is closer to career stage to them.

For online registration and more information about VUTH, check the CRA-W website:

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.

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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!!!