Who we are
The Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC) at the Technology Innovation Institute is the region’s leading organisation advancing robotics, computer vision, and bio-inspired technologies.
We have built an international team of experts from top-tier academic institutions and research institutes that enjoy strong ties to peer scientists and researchers. Our robotics specialisation includes perception, communication, control and decision making, bio-inspiration, and modular and self-organised autonomous systems. We explore their application across multiple environments: air, land, on-sea and underwater.
Crucially, we have deliberately built a hybrid, interdisciplinary team of scientists, researchers, practitioners, prototype developers, quality assurance technicians and validators across the robotics fields of communication, decision-making and self-organisation.
Building on this hybrid approach, our methodology involves fundamental research that draws on: models and simulations; empirical experiments involving simulations and real hardware; prototype development, testing and validation; stress testing and optimisation; and large audience demonstrations.
ARRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research centre that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.
We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.
What we do
At ARRC, we research, develop, and apply novel technologies to innovate robotics solutions that are fully independent of human intervention and human infrastructure, while still being able to interact with humans and other biological systems in the environment.
Working in an open research environment in collaboration with academic partners, our long-term goal is to realise autonomous, fully distributed, situation-aware, hybrid, multi-robot biological societies that can operate in any environment.
Our solutions will solve problems in areas such as search and rescue, environmental monitoring, shipwreck recovery, oil-spill recovery, surveillance, mapping of confined or large environments, and reconstruction of damaged ecosystems.
Our priority areas include:
Perception and communication
Control and decision making
Bio-inspired, evolutionary, and self-organised methodologies
Scientific Advisory Board
We have assembled a scientific board of leading world-renowned scientists specialising in ARRC’s areas of expertise.