Intelligent Systems Laboratory

4624 Seamans Center

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
The University of Iowa
Lab Director: Andrew Kusiak
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The Intelligent Systems Laboratory provides facilities for research  in computational intelligence leading to applications in electric energy utilities, manufacturing industry,  service organizations, and healthcare. Research in the laboratory is funded by government agencies and industrial corporations. Solutions to practical problems and enhancement of engineering education are emphasized. Most of the laboratory's recent projects concentrate on development of software tools for wind energy industry, combustion power plants, product development, manufacturing, and healthcare applications. The Intelligent Systems Laboratory is furnished with the latest computer technology to support research on numerous computing platforms. Diverse software is available for modeling, design, and construction of  intelligent systems--for example, data mining software, evolutionary computation solutions, data analysis software, and simulation environments. Some hardware design and development projects are supported by the laboratory, e.g., wind turbine construction projects.


The research activities of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory are coordinated by Andrew Kusiak, Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Iowa. Ongoing industrial and government-funded research projects are conducted by graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Industrial Engineering. The following students are actively involved in the research program:

Current Graduate Students and Visiting Scholars

  • Marina Meireles
  • Heming Huang

Meet some of the Recent Graduates from the Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Visiting Researchers

Illustrative Careers of ISL Graduates and Visiting Scholars

  • Academia and Industry
    Most of PhD graduates from the Intelligent Systems Laboratory have joined universities. They enjoyed careers from Professor to Department Chair, Dean, and University President. Some graduates work for large corporations in positions ranging from a manager to a partner and CEO.

  • Start-up Companies
    Three successful start-up companies have been established based on research in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Optimal Electronics (based on the research in decomposition), Teseon GmbH (based on the triangularization algorithm), and Jet-China company (based on the data science research in energy).  Optimal Electronics (Austin, TX) was established by the former PhD student R. Vujosevic initially in Iowa City and then moved to Austin, TX. Teseon GmbH was established by M. Maurer, a PhD graduate from the Technical University of Munich, Germany whom the Professor Kusiak has co-advised with Prof. Lindemann. He has extended the matrix topology concept published by the members of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory and implmented a software solution for product complexity management. M. Maurer has later cofounded Spritz Technology, Inc., Boston, MA and subsequently joined Akamai Technologies, Boston, MA. Shortly after graduation from the University of Iowa, Z. Song has cofounded a successful energy management company Jet-China in Shanghai area while pursuing his academic career.


The Intelligent Systems Laboratory is furnished with the latest technology to support research on a variety of computing platforms. A variety of software is also available in the laboratory for modeling, design, and construction of intelligent systems; including the following:

  • Machine learning software
  • Evolutionary computation software
  • Process modeling software
  • Logic programming languages
  • Intelligent design software
  • Simulation software
  • Standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and project management software
  • Software development environments
  • General purpose programming languages
  • Specialized programs for design of products and systems

Industrial Partners

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory maintains long-standing relationships with several area corporations; including the following:

In addition, the lab continues to actively seek new partnerships with area industry.

Current Research Areas

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory pursues a dynamic research program that reflects the progress of the industrial engineering profession, as well as the needs of the laboratory's industrial and healthcare partner