About Lab

Historical Background

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) was established in Oct 1986. Its research focus was initially in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Cognition and Control systems. In November 2000, R&D groups of Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) working in the areas of Command Control Communication and Intelligence (C3I) systems, Communication and Networking, and Communication Secrecy were merged with CAIR. With this merger, CAIR became a premier laboratory for R&D in the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as applicable to Defence. CAIR also caters to users from other departments of Government of India. Well known academic institutions like IISc, IITs etc. have been co-opted for doing research in technology areas of interest to the laboratory.

CAIR, which was operating from different campuses across Bangalore until 2006, is now located in a single verdant 15 acre modern campus. The four major buildings namely, Administration Block, Secure Systems Block, Technology Block and Systems Block, house the technical and administrative activities. Today, CAIR boasts of an organizational strength of over 312 personnel including over 164 well qualified scientists.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics [CAIR] is a premier laboratory of DRDO involved in Research and Development in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Command and Control, Networking, Information and Communication Security leading to development of Mission Critical products for battle field communication and management systems.

CAIR Vision Statement

Adding value to information. Enabling battle space dominance”

CAIR Mission Statement

"To add value to information by delivering dependable information systems to the Defence services for battle space dominance, by developing domain & technologies that ensure reliability, security, safety, resiliency, survivability and trustworthiness, enabling the use of these systems in mission critical applications with required guaranties of assured performance."
We achieve this by:

  1. innovating and developing technologies to enhance the effectiveness and strengthen the robustness of battle space information systems
  2. creating value through development of systems that solve the challenges of delivering assured performance in the constrained and disadvantaged battle space environment
  3. anticipating and proactively resolving emerging cyber security challenges
  4. effectively leveraging the developments in cognitive and artificial intelligence systems for achieving increased autonomy in unmanned systems
  5. driving the national debate where technology policy is critical to preserving national security and self sufficiency

Our Principles:

  1. Thoughtful Resiliency, Not just Professional Stringency. The ability to accept and adapt to new ideas and learn from failures.
  2. Calculated Risks, Not just Safety. Failure is not catastrophic, because it tells what is ‘not’ and reduces the search space leading to meaningful adaptation.
  3. Focus on the Process, Not just the Goal. If we work well enough, we WILL get there. We endeavor to achieve our goals with continual improvement of our ability.
  4. Work culture anchored in inclusivity rather than regimented hierarchy. Encourage the Dissidence of Ideas. Technological rebellion, thinking out of the box, leading to innovation.
  5. Listen to the User, Not Just the Experts. Technology may be developed by experts, but it is the targeted user who gets to use it. We need to satisfy our users, not just ourselves.
  6. Integrity and Ethics before everything


Quality Policy

CAIR is committed to research, development and delivery of systems, solutions and services that fully satisfy customers in the areas of Tactical communication, Communication security, Net Centric Warfare, Information Security, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

CAIRs Quality Objectives are

  • Complete projects within planned time and cost
  • Ensure customer participation throughout the product development
  • Research and development of relevant technologies
  • Integration of in-house developed technologies for systems development
  • Leverage available technologies, COTS and open source solutions for development of products
  • Nurture competence in large system integration
  • Develop synergic partnership with industry
  • Collaborate with academic institutions and research laboratories
  • Encourage innovation through empowerment of human resources

CAIR was ISO 9001:2008 certified in 2009 & recertified in the year 2012. CAIR was appraised for CMMI L2 in 2014. Recently, CAIR received the ISO 9001:2015 certification.