The Institute for Research in Intelligent Systems, or IRIS, at California State University, Chico oversees the Intelligent Systems Laboratory, or ISL. In particular, IRIS handles policies and management issues pertaining to the ISL. IRIS shall also serve as an advocate for curriculum, research, outreach, and projects related to the ISL and its mission.



IRIS will provide high-quality regional, national, and international research and instructional services in intelligent systems design, analysis, and implementation.


Leading the California State University system in the discovery, development, analysis, and integration of accessible intelligent systems research and technologies (e.g. autonomous robotics applications) for use in our community and the industry.


  • Manage the use of the ISL and all equipment under the jurisdiction of ISL (i.e. all instrumentation and equipment secured through ISL-related contracts and grants);
  • foster collaborative work within the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC);
  • assist in forming partnerships for funded projects with regional industries, federal, state, and local agencies;
  • serve as a liaison to constituents when opportunities arise to use the ISL as a resource for instruction or research;
  • outreach and recruitment for the ISL and related curriculum/majors;
  • oversight of camps, seminars, workshops, and curriculum decisions related to the ISL and its mission;
  • provide a venue for mentoring and guiding student projects and competition entries;
  • provide a venue for assisting in funding and travel opportunities for competitions, conferences, and workshops; and
  • dissemination of ISL- and IRIS-related news and activities.


The formation of IRIS was approved by the CSUC Academic Senate March 7, 2006 (see proposal, Senate minutes, and EM 06-04). The ISL is partially funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)/Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant EIA-0321385 for 2003-2006. Additional funding is from the constituency of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

Institute for Research in Intelligent Systems
CSU, Chico
Corner 1st and Warner
Chico, CA 95929-0410
530 898-4619
gotbots AT csuChico DOT edu
Institute for Research in Intelligent Systems
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