Robotics Platform

The LIRMM’s Robotics Platform is a technological platform dedicated to research, technology transfer and teaching. It is part of the national ROBOTEX network (French Research Investment “Equipements d’Excellence” projects) of experimental robotics platforms.

The Robotics Platform houses hardware and software equipment and resources, and brings together the engineers who design and maintain our robots. Four experiment halls with a total surface area of more than 1,000 square meters are home to LIRMM’s humanoid robots, parallel robots, underwater robots, land mobile robots, collaborative robots and surgical robots.


  • Humanoid Robots : The Platform houses our HRP4 and HOAP humanoid robots.
  • Industrial and Healthcare Collaborative Robots : these robots, also called ‘cobots’, are designed to provide collaborative manipulations with humans.
  • Parallel Robots : Parallel robots are designed for demanding industrial applications which require specific speed, precision, workspace area and/or payload parameters. The Plaform houses our VELOCE, SPIDER 4, ARROW, DUAL V systems (Videos).
  • Le robot Quattro (ADEPT Technology)

    Le robot Quattro (ADEPT Technology)

  • Cable-driven Parallel Robots : Cable-driven parallel robots operate in large workspaces and can also carry heavy payloads. This technology is successfully used in many fields, such as production, handling and inspection in naval construction, renewable energy, aeronautics, nuclear and civil engineering. Video of COGIRO and DEXTERWIDE.
  • Surgical Robots : LIRMM’s Surgical robots allow the Lab’s medical partners to train and participate in the development of state-of-the-art technology. They include the RAVEN (for minimally-invasive surgery), and OMEGA-SIGMA robots.

  • Underwater Robots : The Platform is home to Leonard and Jack, our two underwater robots. In this video (LIRMM), Leonard provides assistance to OceanOne, a robot designed by a University of Stanford team.

  • Mobile Land RobotsLIRMM’s Robotics Platform is also home to the Pioneer and hexapod R-HEX robots (video).
  • Robotique mobile d'exploration avec le robot Pioneer.

    Robotique mobile d'exploration avec le robot Pioneer.

  • We use a professional-grade 3D-Printer (STRATASYS FORTUS 400) to fabricate large-dimension parts (up to 400 x 400 x 400 mm)


To facilitate the development of software, the following frameworks have been designed:

  • PID (Package Integration and Deployment): a development methodology for C/C++ based on CMake et Git. PID is used to manage and share development projects at LIRMM and also to integrate third-party projects so they can be easily reused.
  • Knowbotics (KNOWledge of roBOTICS): with this framework, robotic APIs can be standardized to facilitate the reuse of robotic functionalities and their overall integration.
  • ContrACT (CONTRol Architecture Coding Toolkit): this middleware is used to develop competitive multi-core real-time control systems.

Platform Managers


Last update on 15/10/2019