Intelligent Robotic Arms (IRA) Lab

Welcome to IRA LAB

Welcome to the Intelligent Robotic Arms (IRA) Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Our lab focuses on the studies in kinematically redundant robots, collaborative robots, and human-robot interaction. We develop intelligent and advanced motion planning algorithms to improve the fault-tolerant performance of redundant robots operating in remote and hazardous environments and generate safety, efficient, and human-friendly robot motion for collaborative robots in human-robot interaction. 


Congratulations to Joshua A. Ashly on passing his master thesis defense

Joshua A. Ashly passed his master thesis defense on September 21, 2022. Congratulations! 

Josh's master thesis focuses on designing a sensor data aggregation system and centralized sensor-driven trajectory planning algorithm for fixed-wing aircraft to optimally assist atmospheric simulators in mapping the local environment in real-time. The proposed application of this work is to be used in the event of a hazardous contaminant leak into the atmosphere as a fleet of sensing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could provide valuable information for evacuation measures.

After receiving the master degree, Josh will join Blue Origin, Seattle, Washington, as an Embedded System Engineer: Aerospace Applications. 

Our lab received an NSF award from the Foundational Research in Robotics Program

Our lab has been awarded an NSF grant "Autonomous Fault-Tolerant Operation of Redundant Robotic Arms" in collaboration with Prof. Jiangbiao He from UK ECE.

Here is the announcement of this award:


Dr. Xie served as the session chair of the IEEE ICMA 2022

Dr. Xie served as the session chair of the Signal and Image Processing (III) session at the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (IEEE ICMA 2021) held in Guilin, Guangxi, China from August 7 to August 9, 2022.