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The Machine Intelligence Laboratory (MIL) provides a synergistic environment dedicated to the study and development of intelligent, autonomous robots. The faculty and students associated with the laboratory conduct research in the theory and realization of machine intelligence covering topics such as machine learning, real-time computer vision, statistical modeling, robot kinematics, autonomous vehicles, teleoperation and human interfaces, robot and nonlinear control, computational intelligence, neural networks, and general robotics. Applications of MIL research include autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous water surface vehicles (ASVs), autonomous land vehicles, autonomous air vehicles (AAVs including quadcopters and micro air vehicles, MAVs) , swarm robots, humanoid robots, and autonomous household robots.

MIL's SubjuGator is the three time champion autonomous submarine of the RoboSub AUVSI/ONR underwater competition (2005-2007), and placed in the top 3 in eleven of the 17 years of the competition (including second place in 2012, 2013 and 2014). We also won the static division of the 2011 ION Robot Lawnmower competition with MIL's InstiGator robot lawnmower. In 2013, MIL participated for the first time in the RoboBoat AUVSI/ONR water surface vechicle competition with our PropaGator robot boat; we won! In 2014, we earned second place in the RoboBoat competition.

In the fall of 2005, MIL physically moved next door to CIMAR (The Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics) in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. We relocated our lab facilities and faculty offices adjacent to the CIMAR labs and offices in order to streamline our collaborations. With MIL (from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department) and CIMAR working together, the possibilities are incredible.

  • Our first meeting of the Fall 2014 semester was held on September 5th, 6:15pm. We introduced the projects and some of the key people on our teams. If you missed the meeting, please complete SubjuGator/PropaGator New Member Application .
  • The SubjuGator, UF's autonomous underwater vehicle (i.e., submarine), came in second place in the 2014 AUVSI Foundation and ONR's 17th International RoboSub Competition. Our team will compete again in July, 2015.
  • The PropaGator, UF's autonomous boat, participated for the first time in the 2013 AUVSI Foundation and ONR's 6th International RoboBoat Competition in July, 2013. We won! In 2014, we earned second place in the 7th Annual RoboBoat Competition in July, 2014. Our team will compete again in July, 2015.
  • The InstiGator, UF's autonomous lawn mower, won first place in the Static Division at the 8th Annual ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition on June 4th, 2011, in Beavercreek, Ohio. This competition is no longer active.
  • MIL and CIMAR hosted Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotic (FCRAR 2011) on May 4-5, 2011, at the University of Florida. See http://cimar.mae.ufl.edu/fcrar2011/ for more info.
  • The Urban NaviGator, our robot car created for the DARPA Urban Grand Challenge, by UF and CIMAR/MIL's Team Gator Nation.
    • Good Morning America (ABC) video at UF from March 10, 2008 includes footage of our Team Gator Nation DARPA Urban Challenge vehicle.
    • Proposal video of our Team Gator Nation DARPA Urban Challenge Entry.
    • A story about the DARPA Grand Challenge (which included a CIMAR robot called NaviGATOR) was on the Daily Planet on October 14, 2005. The video segment can be seen here (from the Discovery Channel website)..
  • SubjuGator video for 2005-2006.
    • A story about MIL's SubjuGator was televised on Discovery's The Science Channel (Cox Digital Cable channel 101 in Gainesville) on Friday, February 10, 2006 at 8pm and 11pm (EST) on a show called Discoveries this Week. It also was shown on Feb 10 at 11pm, on Feb 11 at 3am & 10am, Feb 12 at 8pm & 11pm and on Feb 13 at 3am, 9am & 1pm. You can watch this video here. I'm sorry about the poor sound quality.
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SubjuGator is an autonomous underwater vehicle designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students of the Machine Intelligence Lab (MIL). SubjuGator has competed seventeen times in the RoboSub competition, placing in the top 3 eleven times including first place in 2005, 2006 and 2007. More>>

PropaGator is an autonomous water surface vehicle designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students of the Machine Intelligence Lab (MIL). PropaGator competed for the first time in the AUVSI Foundation and ONR's 6th International RoboBoat Competition in July, 2013 and won! We earned second in 7th RoboBoat competition in July, 2014. More>>

We are developing a swarm of air and ground vehicles, starting with a heterogeneous group (presently three) of hex- and quad-copters and 6 dune buggies... More (soon?)>>

InstiGator is an autonomous lawn mower designed and built by undergraduate and graduate students of the Machine Intelligence Lab (MIL). InstiGator has competed twice in Annual ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competitions, earning a second place in 2010 and first place in 2011 (both in the static division). More>>

Koolio is a traveling autonomous refrigerator robot - featured on MSNBC's Countdown with Olbermann on April 21st, 2004. It is designed to autonomously deliver refreshments on demand (via the web). Unfortunately, it only works in the 3rd floor of Benton Hall at the University of Florida - which happens to be thesfloor houses the Machine Intelligence Lab... More>>
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