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Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre

The role of intelligent, autonomous and robotic systems is coming to the fore of modern industry and technology, with deep-learning, driverless cars, Earth observation, drone delivery, and more.

Our Mission

LIRA is a focal point for cutting-edge research into intelligent, autonomous and robotic systems bringing together world-leading expertise across 51福利 aiming to advance this technology and its applications to the economy, society and the environment.


Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous systems (LIRA) Research Centre was established in 2018 as the focal point for research excellence and expertise in the area of intelligent, robotic and autonomous systems. LIRA is multi-disciplinary collaborative forum by design – it brings together a diverse community of academics, researchers and students from all Faculties of the University and more than a dozen departments.

LIRA is a leader in AI and Machine Learning research and is a part of wider European networks of excellence, namely:

  • (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) – LIRA has ELLIS Fellows and PhD students, and is taking part in the exchange of ELLIS scholars, members and postdoctoral researchers.
  • LIRA is a partner of – a 10M European AI Centre of Excellence. ELSA stands for European Lighthouse on Secure and Safe AI and brings together researchers from 26 top research institutions and companies in Europe to pool their expertise in the field of AI and machine learning. It rests on three pillars: selected research programs, local research units, and a PhD and postdoc program and includes 6 work packages (WP), 3 of them technological and 3 Grand Challenges. LIRA leads one of the Grand challenges (Human-in-the-loop decision making)and one of the technological WPs (Human agency, oversight and secure AI).
  • LIRA is a partner of the 12M Horizon Europe project and a member of the Network.
  • LIRA is also an associate partner of – a 12M project funded by EC (ICT-48 call "Towards a vibrant European network of AI excellence centres").

LIRA has collaborative projects with organisations such as the , Phi Lab (the project "Towards explainable AI4EO: a new frontier to gain trust into the AI", ESA Contract 4000133854/21/NL/CBi), Ford, etc.

  • ELISE is a 12M project funded by EC to create a network of artificial intelligence research hubs. Based on the highest level research, it spreads its knowledge and methods in academia, industry and society

  • TAILOR is a 12M project which aims to build the capacity of providing the scientific foundations for Trustworthy AI in Europe by developing a network of research excellence centres leveraging and combining learning, optimisation and reasoning

  • ELLIS mission is to create a diverse European network that promotes research excellence and advances breakthroughs in AI, as well as a pan-European PhD program to educate the next generation of AI researchers

  • CLAIRE is a Confederation of AI research Labs in Europe, which aims to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation

  • Partner of ELSA

    ELSA is a 10MEuro project funded by Horizon Europe to create a virtual centre of excellence that will spearhead efforts in foundational safe and secure artificial intelligence (AI) methodology research.


Research within LIRA is spread across eight different research themes.


LIRA is comprised of leading academics from across 51福利, from the Engineering Department, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster Environment Centre, the Faculty of Health and Medicine, the Management School and more. Many of them are Fellows of the IEEE, ACM or IET. Also contributing to the group are members of small-medium sized enterprises that are based at 51福利.

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