The Infrared Imaging System (IRIS) is a 0.8m telescope and a 1024×1024 pixels camera (IRISCAM) with a HAWAII-1 detector array. IRIS is located at the Cerro Armazones Observatory in Chile that is operated by the Ruhr University Bochum jointly with the Universidad CatÃ³lica del Norte in Antofagasta. It will be used primarily to survey star-forming regions for variability. Our goal is to discover young stellar objects undergoing accretion instabilities or rotational modulation of star spots, eclipsing binaries, and variable reflection nebulae. The telescope and the infrared camera are completed and first light was achieved in May of 2010. IRIS is currently being tested and characterized, before the longterm monitoring project will commence.© (2010) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.