About Us


Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Quality (LISQ) originally started as the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory in 1987 founded by Professor Kumara. During the mid nineties Professors Kumara, Barton, and Chandra joined together to take the AI lab to the next step: Intelligent Design and Diagnostics Research Laboratory (IDDRL). Professor Gautam teamed up with the lab in 1996.

Our rich background work naturally took us to the unexplored territory of large-scale systems. In the futuristic world whether it is the shop floor of a manufacturing system, trucks in a transportation network, medical facilities in health care, or the nodes in an Internet – all will be a part of the larger integrated distributed system. Individual sensors collect data, and use their intelligence to communicate with different geographically distributed entities (people, equipment, and computers), forming complex networks. Though each entity may individually exhibit simple behaviors, collectively complex behaviors will manifest. The fundamental question that will be faced by the futuristic world is “How will we make these large scale systems adaptive so that their survivability is ensured?”

Historic Perspective

Research Objectives

  • Bringing together research on intelligent systems and statistics-based methods for monitoring diagnosing, and controlling system/process behavior/quality
  • Conducting research on theoretical and applied aspects of information technology as applied to internet and e-manufacturing
  • Conducting research on nonlinear dynamics in behavior evolution in multi agent systems in logistics

Educational Objectives

  • To provide an environment for graduate students and faculty to exchange ideas and share learning related to the mission statement
  • To utilize pooled resources to provide a better research environment for our Lab members, and to bring publicity to our research efforts and successes
  • Provide graduate students with a smaller (20 instead of 120) graduate community in which to be known and establish friendships
  • Gain research experience and technological awareness by interacting/collaborating with other Lab members
  • To develop professional communication skills (e.g., communication of research funding via papers, presentations, posters boards, etc.)