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WPI: First in Robotics
A robotics revolution is underway, and a new breed of engineers will be
needed to face the challenges that this exciting field represents. WPI, the
leader in project-based education, continues its pioneering tradition by
developing the nation's first bachelor's degree program in robotics
engineering. In 2009, WPI also announced the introduction of the Robotics
Engineering master's program.
Robotics Engineering at WPI
- The greatest inventions begin with a little
- You know that robots will make a difference in the world
- You want to be part of this new and exciting field of study
- Your imagination knows no limits
If this sounds like you, the Robotics Engineering program at WPI is for you.
Robotics Engineering at WPI is a multi-disciplinary program involving the
fields of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and
Your classes in Mechanical, and Electrical and Computer Engineering will
help you learn to construct the robot. Your classes in Computer Science will
teach you how to control the robot's behavior. You'll graduate from the
program with a well-rounded education and a promising future in the rapidly
growing Robotics industry.
A Well Rounded Education
- WPI has established the nation's first undergraduate
Robotics Engineering degree program to teach people like you. This unique,
innovative program was built from the ground-up with future Robotics
professionals in mind. In this program, you'll develop a proficiency for
mechanical, electrical and computer engineering which will teach you to
build the robot's body. You'll also become proficient in computer science,
which will help you control the robot's behavior. In this program, you will
be building robots during your first year of study. You will not find this
hands-on approach to Robotics anywhere else but WPI.
Our new Master of Science program in Robotics Engineering serves to provide
students a similar well-rounded education through diverse classes in a
variety of topics engineering professionals need. It includes a thesis and
non-thesis option. Visit our graduate program page to see a sample class
schedule and offerings.
An Exciting Future
- Students graduating from the Robotics Engineering program
will have many options for future employment across a wide range of
industries including national defense and security, elder care, automation
of household tasks, customized manufacturing, and interactive entertainment.
New England is home to a strong and growing Robotics industry. Massachusetts
alone boasts over 150 companies, institutions and research labs in the
Robotics sector, employing more than 1,500 people.
A History of Leadership in Robotics
has a long history in Robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of
Science and Technology) is a national program founded by Dean Kamen '73 that
engages high school students in a competition modeled after athletic
contests. Working with scientists and engineers from industry and academic
partners, students design and build robots to complete specific tasks. WPI
sponsors a FIRST team at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and
Science and also organizes annual pre-season and post-season competitions on
If you have participated in FIRST or WPI's very own BattleCry, RoboNautica,
or Savage Soccer competitions, you're already familiar with the principles
of sensing, computation and actuation that Robotics is based upon. At WPI,
you can turn your hobby into a very exciting career.
- The Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research
Laboratory (RIVeR Lab) at WPI was founded in 2010. Our research is aimed at
advancing the capabilities of autonomous robots and intelligent vehicles.
Research activities in the RIVeR Lab focus on design, analysis,
implementation and control of intelligent vehicles, mobile robots, walking
robots, manipulators and adaptive systems. Aligned with WPI's core values,
Lehr and Kunst, excellence, close faculty/student interaction, collaborative
learning and research, respect for all members of the WPI community, our
projects bring science and technology together with real-world problems.
- This project started in late August of 2010 and Ben has
been designing for several months. The project focuses on designing an omni-directional
robotic platform that will be used to test localization and mapping using an
infrared laser and low cost camera. Click here to check out the project.
Robust Algorithms for Vehicle Lane Detection
- This project began in September 2010. Dan is working on
machine vision algorithms that can effectively detect lanes on a road for
autonomous vehicles. The project focuses on developing methods that are
effective in challenging conditions such as varying illumination, fog, and
Reconfigurable Legged Robot
- This robot started as an MQP design, and KG plans to
teach it to walk. The robot has a base and 12 ports on which to plug in any
number of modular three jointed legs. KG is putting together a simulation of
the robot in Matlab which includes the transformation matricies, forward and
inverse kinematics, and single leg dynamics. Currently KG is setting a gait
and stepping movements for the legs, which will have independent
controllers. The simulation also includes a strange stick figure model shown
in the figure.
WPI Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM) Laboratory
- The main focus of the WPI RAM Lab is to study and
develop enabling technologies for the collaborative control of multi-robot
systems. Our work focuses on collaborative multi-robot systems from a
systems level with emphasis in system reconfigurability, rapid deployment,
mission-based task allocation, and evolutionary social robotics.
Mobile-R: A Multi-Robot Control Architecture
Morphologically Reconfigurable Modular Robots
Dynamic Motion Control by Robot Pose Manipulation
Task-Level Control of a Heterogeneous Robot Workcell
Development of a Laser-Based Vehicle Detection System