Purpose built tracking arena for swarm robotics research

An inspiring environment for learning and research

Ground breaking research in fault-tolerant reconfigurable robotics swarms

3D rendering of a swarm of Pi-puck robots

Highly integrated electronics, mechanical hardware and software design

Driven by expertise from the Computer Science and the Electronic Engineering Departments

York Robotics Laboratory (YRL)


The YRL was established in 2012 as a joint venture between the Departments of Computer Science and Department of Electronic Engineering and is located on the Heslington East campus at York.

The Lab provides state of the art facilities for robotics design, research and teaching and brings together expertise from a wide range of science and engineering areas, including computer science, electronics, biology, environment and mathematics.

Professor Jon Timmis
YRL Director



General enquiries

York Robotics Laboratory
Tel: 01904 32 5117 (lab)
Tel: 01904 32 2318 (Jon Timmis)


New paper published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI

Tuesday 24 July 2018

A paper based on research conducted at YRL has today been published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. The paper, which discusses the ARDebug software for augmented reality assisted debugging and tracking of robotic swarms, builds on work carried out by Alistair Jewers, an undergraduate student who graduated last year, as his final year research project, and also Charlotte Arndt, a current MSc Intelligent Robotics student.

New Classroom Area in Robot Lab

Thursday 29 September 2016

Over the summer we have done some building work in the robotics laboratory to build a new dedicated teaching and classroom area, with 10 workstations and new bench equipment and tools for students to undertake robotics work.

New MSc in Intelligent Robotics

Wednesday 9 December 2015

The Department of Electronics is launching a new taught MSc Course in Intelligent Robotics, starting October 2016.


Whenever possible we welcome visitors, and are keen to undertake outreach to schools in the area, please read our outreach pages for more information.


We are keen to work with a wide variety of sectors from industry and business, to find out more about what we can offer you please contact us.


Research at YRL is addressing both fundamental and practical robotics research. We work in areas ranging from the control and adaptation of robotic systems, assuring safety in autononomous systems, to the deployment of individual and swarm robotic systems for environmental monitoring. Find out more about our research.

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