Artificial intelligence and robotics laboratory - AIRLab


The laboratory was established in 1973 by Marco Somalvico, to support research and teaching activities of professors, students and researchers in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, and Artificial Vision. In particular, the main activities at AIRLab concern:
  • Design and development of autonomous robots for applications such as service, manufacturing, entertainment, exploration, edutainment, and rehabilitation
  • Robot Rapid prototyping systems
  • Bio-mimetic and humanoid robots
  • Autonomous robot benchmarking
  • Artificial vision for robotic and industrial applications
  • Analysis and interpretation of sensory data and multi-sensory fusion
  • Intelligent data analysis, including bio-signals
  • Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, with applications in systems of automated negotiation, museum systems, interpretation of sensory data, exploration and operation in unknown environments, support to human bodily functions, environmental monitoring, supervision and control
  • Models of communication among agents
  • Social software e semantic web
  • Intelligent human-machine interfaces, including Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and emotional interfaces
  • Soft computing applications: fuzzy control, fuzzy models, neural networks, genetic algorithms
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Algorithmic Games and Game Theory
  • Knowledge-based systems for applications supporting decisions, diagnosis, modelling and prediction of new compounds
  • E-Science and bioinformatics
  • Affective Computing and emotion detection
  • Videogame and robogame design, adopting computational intelligence techniques

In the 3 sites belonging to AIRLab, more than 20 robots (both on wheels, flying, and biomimetic, mostly designed and implemented in the lab), a mechanical and electronics workshop, an automated apartment, and a large set of sensors (including a full motion analysis system Optitrack) are available.

Information service

Access to the laboratory is reserved to authorized people. The procedure to obtain authorization is described in the laboratory’s Regulation, available online at and

The laboratory has four physical locations:
  • AIRLab DEIB – Campus Bassini – Building n. 20 (Department of Electronics and Information) - Via Ponzio 34/5, Milano.
    Ground floor of DEIB main building, after the entrance to the right.
  • AIRLab Lambrate - Campus Lambrate – Via Rimembranze di Lambrate 14, Milano.
  • AIRLab Como - Campus Valleggio – Como.
    Room V2.1 of the building in via Valleggio, Como.
  • AIRLab Durando - Campus Bovisa-Durando, Via Durando 3/A, Milano.
    Assigned by the Rector as an additional temporary space for the activities of Robocup (team of artificial robots) (

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