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Goal and motivation for robotics at IMS Lab

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Robots are developed for improving the quality of our lives. Human-Robot Collaboration encompasses developing usable robots that make our everyday lives easier. Collaborative robots share their autonomy with human partners, thus improving the efficiency and quality of work in areas such as flexible manufacturing, logistics, domestic assistance, healthcare, and teleoperation in hazardous environments. We have extensive experience in research and technology of every aspect of robotics: designing electronics, mechanical engineering, software development, system integration, device building, education, and training.


  • TeMoto, framework for dependable robotics,
  • omnidirectional robotont platform for education and research in ROS,
  • shape-changing mannequin,
  • Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE),
  • Massive open online course (MOOC) about robotics in Estonia (

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Our inventory includes but is not limited to:

  • PAL Robotics TIAGo
  • MiR100
  • Robotiq 2F
  • ClearBot
  • OSVR
  • Oculus Rift
  • Intel RealSense, Kinect, Leap Motion Controller, Ouster OS-1


  • ROS (Robot Operating System)
  • Full robotics system development
  • Hardware integration
  • Process automation
  • Motion planning and control theory
  • System identification
  • Data fusion
  • Electronics design
  • Simulations and digital twins
  • Algorithm development
  • Scientific publication
  • ROS and engineering trainings

Primary contact

Karl Kruusamäeassociate professor of robotics engineering
Arun Kumar Singhassociate professor of collaborative robotics
Alvo Aablooprofessor, head of the IMS lab

Student projects

We always welcome new motivated students who are interested in robotics to join our team. We offer student projects on the following general topics:

  • intuitive teleoperation interfaces,
  • collaborative robotics for flexible manufacturing,
  • autonomous ground vehicles,
  • autonomous drones
  • robotics education.

A list of potential student projects in robotics or soft robotics.


Selected projects

  • TeMoto - framework for building dependable robotic applications for facilitating human-robot collaboration and autonomy (in collaboration with the Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group at UT-Austin).
  • Yanu - fully autonomous robot empowered bartending unit
  • robotont - open source omnidirectional mobile robot platform
  • SHEE - Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments, aka "the Mars house"

Selected publications

Full list of publications