About Us

The Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory (HRAIL), in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, focuses on basic and applied research in intelligent unmanned systems— ground, aerial, and marine— for emergency management. Led by Dr. Robin Murphy, HRAIL is one of the academic anchors for the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, which was based at Texas A&M until 2018 when it was spun off as a nonprofit. HRAIL topics consider the entire lifecycle of disasters (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery), the role of intelligence in controlling robots and in getting the right data in the right form to the right person at the right time for them to make the right decision to maximize public good.