Launched under the leadership of Distinguished Professor and KUKA Chair of Robotics Henrik I. Christensen as an Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) on November 4, 2013, the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) was built upon foundational work developed over the previous seven years in the former Robotics & Intelligent Machines Center at Georgia Tech .

Since June 13, 2016, IRIM (originally known as the Georgia Tech Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines) has been led by Professor & Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems and Controls Magnus Egerstedt. IRIM continues the tradition of designing the next generation of robotics technology and helping to prepare robotics students to be powerful contributors upon entering the high-tech workforce.

IRIM brings together robotics researchers from across campus—spanning colleges, departments and individual labs—to create new collaborative opportunities for faculty, strengthen partnerships with industry and government and maximize the societal impact of the transformative robotics research conducted at Georgia Tech.