Welcome to the IRON Lab!

We design new algorithms and develop novel technologies that make robots safer, more efficient, and more effective at working with people.


The Interactive Robotics and Novel Technologies (IRON) Laboratory is a research group at the University of Colorado Boulder that studies human-robot interaction (HRI) and human-computer interaction (HCI). The lab is housed within the ATLAS Institute and serves as an interdisciplinary focal point for researchers with a variety of backgrounds, including computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and creative technologies and design. Our main focus is improving human-robot teaming through the development of new algorithms, interfaces, and robotic technologies. Please see the Research page for more information about our work or click below if you are interested in getting involved in the lab.

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Paper Accepted!

Our paper Building Second-Order Mental Models for Human-Robot Interaction was accepted for publication at the 2019 AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction. You can find a pre-print of our paper here.

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Best Paper Award!

In July, we presented our work on Mediating Human-Robot Interactions with Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality which won a Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VAMR) held in conjunction with the 2019 HCI International (HCII) conference.


Many members of the IRON Lab explored life as research interns at various government and industry labs during Summer 2019. Connor worked on cognitive architectures at the Naval Research Lab (NRL), Michael worked on augmented and virtual reality interfaces at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Hooman worked on recognizing human activities at Disney Research.