RobotLab LTH -

Robotics Laboratory


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Robotics

Type of infrastructure

  • Equipment

Name of national/international infrastructure this infrastructure belongs to

Member of euRobotics, thereby part of the EU robotics platform SPARC, with active EC involvements, see; Common infrastructure shared with WASP graduate school (mobile robots, drones), see


Robotics is a multi-disciplinary topic and we collaborate with both national and international robotics colleagues regarding different aspects of robotics. We also have a close cooperation with industrial partners. Our main research is in motion and compliance control, control system architectures and different sensor fusion problems, with application mostly to industrial manipulators. We often use modified and extended ABB robot control systems as experimental platforms, but also other industrial control software platforms that allow experimental control as developed in research and student projects. Robotics Lab plays an important role in collaboration with industry, as well as for establishing startups (with LU Innovation, e.g., as for Cognibotics AB at Ideon). Robotics Lab organizes a yearly outreach event for schools (Robotveckan) attracting several hundred students each year in the context of the annual euRobotics Week. Besides, we also participate in other outreach activities like Flickor på teknis, Kulturnatten, and similar events. Robotics Lab has hosted several master thesis projects in cooperation with industry, e.g., ABB, Axis, B&R, Modelon, Cognibotics, Combine, Crazyflie, TWI Ltd.

Equipment and resources

In the lab we have ABB iRB120 and IRB140 (IRC5), Gantry-Tau robot (IRC5), ABB IRB2400 and the latest dual-arm concept robot ABB Yumi/Frida (IRC5) plus new both commercial and experimental robot control systems. Hardware interfaces have been developed to create an open system suitable for control experiments. Several mobile robot systems are available.

Digital and physical collections

Public software repositories related to robot control.

Services provided

Robot cells with industrial robots, as well as mobile robots, are provided as is, with full programmability. External partners may extend features by providing additional resources, such as sensors or robot hands. Research engineers are supporting LU-based research projects and developments for teaching.

Management of the infrastructure

Robotics Laboratory is co-owned by Dept. Computer Science and Dept. Automatic Control.

Available for loan

Available for loan - internal only

Terms of access:

There is open and easy access for students in project courses, students and companies involved in master thesis projects, researchers at the hosting departments, and researchers at other departments. Either the LU-card or other RFID tags are used, and access is managed locally. Robots are booked via an electronic booking system. Confidential setups and information is managed in a case-by-case manner, but the core of the infrastructure is open and based on open-source code.

Recent research outputs

Volker Krueger, Rovida, F., Grossmann, B., Petrick, R., Crosby, M., Charzoule, A., Martin Garcia, G., Behnke, S., Toscano, C. & Veiga, G., 2019 Jun 1, In : Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. 57, p. 213-229 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ghazaei Ardakani, M. M., Bjorn Olofsson, Anders Robertsson & Rolf Johansson, 2019 Apr 6, In : IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 16, 2, p. 972-983

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ghazaei Ardakani, M., Martin Karlsson, Klas Nilsson, Anders Robertsson & Rolf Johansson, 2018 Oct 4, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 8751-8757 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

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