The EAISI FAST LAB (new Frontiers in Autonomous Systems Technologies) is a collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Lely, Rademaker, Diversey, ExRobotics and Vanderlande. The industrial partners share a common R&D demand in that they want their mobile robot systems to operate safely whilst performantly in environments that are subject to static and dynamic changes. Tasks, environments and variations that we know in beforehand although never know in which order or configuration will manifest; it demands a more scalable, non-conservative and explainable solution to cope with these changes in an explicit way.

The FAST LAB has been setup in 2018 under the provision of a mutual technology demand by industry that was matched with the TU/e expertise by the TU/e High Tech Systems Center (now Eindhoven AI systems Institute), and will run until the end of 2021. It is expected to be extended for another 4 years with the current partners. It falls under the basic consideration that a cooperation and collaboration with shared investment of resources is beneficial for all parties involved. The current collaboration scheme also allows for other interest partners to join the FAST LAB.

The lab comprises expertise from different fields of expertise, in creating system engineered solutions to cope with the complex challenge at hand. Henceforth, this lab comprises a team of experts  from Human Technology Interaction (HTI), Software System Design (SSD), Perception Systems (PS) and Control Systems Technology (CST) that closely work together.

Research Topics

Task-driven configurable SLAM

Data association and object tracking

Reliable, scalable, maintainable software architectures for autonomous mobile platforms

Smart Person AGV interactions

An executive’s perspective

An engineer’s perspective

Scientific Directors

Herman Bruyninckx

René van de Molengraft

Herman Bruyninckx is professor in robotics, automation and mechatronics at Eindhoven University of Technology and KU Leuven.
René van de Molengraft is professor in robotics and control systems technology at Eindhoven University of Technology


Diversey is a US-based company that provides industry level automated cleaning solutions.
Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI) is an institute of Eindhoven University of Technology in the field of AI.
ExRobotics is a Dutch-based company that provides autonomous inspection solutions for the Oil & Gas Industry.
Lely is a Dutch-based company that provides automation solutions for Dairy Farms.
Rademaker is a Dutch-based company that creates factory production lines for bakery products.
TU/e High Tech Systems Center (HTSC) is a research center focused on setting up and leading multi-disciplinary high tech research programs with industry.
Vanderlande is a Dutch-based company that creates material handling solutions for the sectors of Airports, Parcel, Postal and Warehouses.