Robots: Extending the Senses


Robotic arm


Robots entered the workforce in 1961, primarily as mechanical arms. In the 70s, CSL helped to extend the reach of these machines.

Robot Control Theory
CSL made the first application in robotics of the theory of variable structure control using sliding modes. This control design theory made it possible to achieve high performance in robotics applications.

A. I.
CSL researchers were among the first to see the potential for machines to learn. Robert Chien's interdisciplinary team did some of the U of I's earliest work on artificial intelligence.