At the Vanguard of Research

We are a Robotics and Automation research lab at the Department of Computer Science, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering (DIBRIS) of University of Genova, owning a consolidated experience on a wide range of topics such as manipulation and real time control systems, especially in the field of marine robotics.

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What do we do?

Marine Robotics

We own more than 15 years experience on Marine Robotics, starting from the pioneering AMADEUS FP6 project on dual arm underwater manipulation, till the recent TRIDENT FP7 project on autonomous object recovery.


One of our core research focus has always been manipulation, which we have implemented on a wide range of robots: from the early PUMA UNIMATE industrial manipulators, to space manipulators and finally underwater ones.

Unmanned Systems

We believe in the use of unmanned systems in different aspects of everyday life and pursue research to increase their autonomy.

Real Time Architectures

We own a consolitated experience on the development on real time architectures for robot control, implemented over a wide range of RTOS (RTAI, RTEMS, QNX, VxWORKS).

Training and Development

As a research lab, we are heavily involved in teaching robotics to our students. In particular, industrial robotics, cooperative robotics and embedded systems.

Technological Transfer

One of our missions is to develop new methodologies and algorithms for robots autonomy. However, transferring them to the industry is our final and most ambitious goal.

Discover our projects and learn our expertise. While our main research is focused on marine systems, we also work on space and ground robotics. We are backed by 20 years of research.

Our goal is to work toward a unifying control architecture.

About us

GRAAL stands for Genoa Robotics and Automation Laboratory, and it is located at DIBRIS, Department of Computer Science, Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering. Our department is part of the Polytechnic School of the University of Genova.

Our main research areas are marine robotics, cooperative control, embedded control systems and real time control architectures.

University of Genova is also part of the Interuniversity Center on Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME), and all the activities on marine robotics are carried out in close cooperation with other ISME laboratories.

Facilities for experimental robotics, hardware and real-time software design, and simulation offer a complete support for all the research areas.

Undergraduate students may join the laboratory for stages and for their Bachelor or Master Thesis work. This is a very important opportunity for students to participate to the ongoing research activities.

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