Purpose built arena for swarm robotics research

An inspiring environment for learning and research

Ground breaking research in fault-tolerant reconfigurable robotics


Modern facilities and technology create challenging research projects

Driven by expertise from both the Computer Science and the Electronics Department

York Robotics Laboratory (YRL)


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

The Lab provides state of the art facilities for robotics 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


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.

5 year EPSRC funded PDRA position in robotics at York

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate position (Grade 6) in the Department of Electronics to work on the new EPSRC project RoboCalc. You will work primarily on the development of computer-based simulations of robotic systems, the integration of formal methods tools developed elsewhere in the project to the simulation tool chain and develop a hardware demonstrator in collaboration with various industrial partners.


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 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, to the deployment of individual and swarm robotic systems for environmental monitoring. Find out more about our research.

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