Robotics and Autonomy

The Robotics, Intelligent Systems, and Control (RISC)​ lab at KAUST is engaged in a variety of projects involving intelligent autonomous systems either acting alone or within a distributed decision architecture with other autonomous agents and/or human actors. Representative topics of interest include aerial swarms, inspection and repair, area patrolling, programmable self-assembly, pedestrian crowd modeling, and smart grid management.

Our research follows the broad themes of:

Autonomous Systems: Design of robotic systems with onboard intelligence to operate in complex environments with limited human supervision.

Distributed Autonomy: Self-organization and adaptation of multi-agent autonomous systems and swarms.

Humans & Machines: Dynamics and control for both human-machine systems and human-human social interactions.

We also are interested in the relevant foundational areas of decision and control, game theory, and network science.