Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) pushes the frontier of robotics technologies in its many fields of expertise and applications. TU/e aims to positively impact our societal challenges in health-care, energy, mobility and food.

Robot systems like manipulators, mobile robots, autonomous cars, surgical systems etc. are a combination of many technologies and fields of expertise. Our research extends to many of those and includes expertise in autonomy, control systems, locomotion, mechatronics, artificial intelligence (machine learning / deep learning), material sciences, electronics, computer sciences, design and user interfacing. It also encompasses less robot-centric expertise like the design of robot based system level factory solutions, its embedding in organizations and the study of its impact on we as humans and our society.

HERO, serving drinks and more!

Robots take over more and more of our everyday tasks, but why don’t they perform actual jobs in healthcare yet? Find out how HERO, our prize-winning service robot, learns to navigate the world of humans.

HERO was developed by TechUnited, a multidisciplinary team of (old) students, PhD’s and other researchers at TU/e involved in the development of robotics. Find out more here.


Robotics at a glance

Eindhoven University of Technology has a leading expertise in the field of robotics. This is expressed in many real world applications that range from autonomous cars to harvesting vegetables and from surgery robot to construction building systems. It has an active community of 100+ researchers spread over 20 research groups, a dozen award winning student teams, a same amount of laboratories, 6 recent start ups, one research center (High Tech Systems Center) and the TU/e AI Systems Institute (EAISI) that works to connect and foster multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with industry and other academic partners.

Related research groups

Robotics is a multi-disciplinary field of research that extends to 20 research groups within our university. Research groups collaborate and share facilitates via multi-disciplinary research projects set up by High Tech Systems Center and Eindhoven AI Systems Institute.

Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Operations Planning Accounting & Control

The Operations, Planning, Accounting & Control (OPAC) group helps stakeholders across sectors to make smart, informed decisions, thereby…

Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Human Performance Management

People are most comfortable and productive in their work when it is organized in a humane way, taking not only technical and control…

Department of Applied Physics

Advanced Nanomaterials & Devices

It is fascinating how materials properties at the nanoscale can be radically changed by means of size, crystal structure or surface states.…

Department of Industrial Design

Future Everyday

Future Everyday aims at bridging the gap between emerging technologies and people’s everyday life: how to deal with uncertainties that come…

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials & Devices

We  develop polymers with new responsive functionalities and integrate them into devices, to meet industrial and societal challenges in the…

Model Driven software Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering

Control Systems

The research field of CS is the area of dynamic modelling and model-based control of complex dynamic systems.

Department of the Built Environment

Structural Engineering and Design

The rapid evolution of the built environment involves a growing complexity of structural design activities, including aspects of…

Department of the Built Environment

Smart Architectural Technologies

Department of Electrical Engineering

Video Coding & Architectures

Cluster Artificial Intelligence

Database Group

The Database (DB) group studies core engineering and foundational challenges in scalable and effective management of Big Data.

Information Systems W&I

The research One of the foundations of computer science today is data. The omnipresence of increasingly large volumes of data has become a…

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Macro-Organic Chemistry

How far can we push chemical self-assembly? Bridging the gap between life sciences and materials science, using organic chemistry and…

Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Information Systems IE&IS

The Information Systems (IS) group studies novel tools and techniques that help organizations use their information systems to support…

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Control Systems Technology

The mission of the CST section is to develop new methods and tools in the area of Systems Theory, Control Engineering and Mechatronics. The…

Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Human Technology Interaction

The Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) group analyzes people’s interaction with technology with the aim to better understand and improve the…

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dynamics and Control

Our mission is to perform top-level research and train next-generation students on the topic of understanding and predicting the dynamics of…

Department of Electrical Engineering

Electromechanics and Power Electronics

We carry out fundamental research on the energy conversion theory, methods, and systems, that serve as enabling technologies for future…

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science


Visualization research develops new methods to present large data collections in new insightful ways.

Department of industrial engineering & innovation sciences

Philosophy & Ethics

The Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) Group conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, technology, and innovation

Robot icons

Eindhoven University of Technology has as many as 20 research groups and 5 students teams working on robotics technologies.

Accelerated by the university’s active student team societies, these technologies are taken to higher technical readiness levels (TRL) and sometimes participate in international competitions like RoboCup and Formula Student Racing. Some of these demonstrators have become university icons that perfectly demonstrate our expertise in the different robotics field.

Industry collaboration

Eindhoven University of Technology is ranked 2nd in the world when it comes to industry collaboration (Leiden CWTS 2020).

Unique for the Eindhoven region is its level of collaboration between companies (e.g. Philips, ASML, NXP, DAF, Vanderlande) and knowledge institutes. Its explorative and collaborative nature is key to its success. TU/e has collaboration experience with companies from different maturity levels; corporates to startups. 

Interested in what the collaboration could mean for you? Program managers at our research centers (High Tech Systems Center, Center for Humans & Technology) and AI institute (Eindhoven AI Systems Institute) ensure that you will find the right expertise you’re looking for and can guide you in the process towards collaboration.

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