Using Robotics Laboratories and Equipment

Instructions for requesting lab access, lab rules, and links to health and safety

The robotics laboratories are a world class facility offering cutting-edge robotics equipment, sensorised spaces to run experiments, and support. We strive to make the space available for all research staff and students. However, due to the nature of the equipment and the related risks, the lab access is strictly restricted to authorised lab users only. This page describes the process to request access to the robotics labs and provides relevant materials that each lab user must familiarise themselves with.

IPAB operates across multiple labs located across two buildings:

  • Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB, Edinburgh

    • G.13 Computer Graphics Lab (capacity 6)
    • G.17 Aerial Robotics Lab (capacity 10)
    • 1.30 Manipulation Lab (capacity 6)


  • Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

    • G.6 Gait Lab (capacity 6)
    • G.7 Field Robotics Lab (capacity 20)
    • G.20 Robotics Teaching Lab (capacity 10)
    • 1.25 Living Lab (capacity 20)
    • 1.42 VR Lab (capacity 10)

Before you you can start using the facilities you must:

  1. Complete building inductions
  2. Request lab access
  3. Read and sign health and safety risk assessments
  4. Receive training and induction for requested spaces and equipment

Each of these steps is detailed below. These instructions and rules may change in the future. Please refer back to this page if you are unsure about the current rules and procedures.

Lab rules

  1. Working hours are: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
  2. Out of hours working is allowed subject to lone working policy (this does not apply to UGR students).
  3. Equipment use must be logged where logbooks are provided.