Robotics Engineering

College Robotics

Built with Future Robotics Professionals in Mind

Whether the goal is to relieve human workers of exhausting and repetitive tasks, increase productivity and efficiency, or take people out of harm’s way, robotics today plays an integral role in all aspects of manufacturing, medicine, and more. And it will take on even greater importance in the future.

In fact, the demand for qualified robotics engineers is poised to grow by as much as 13 percent through 2018 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). As the first university in the nation to offer a bachelor's degree program in Robotics Engineering--and first to offer MS and PhD degrees--WPI is committed to providing hands-on, practical education to tomorrow’s robotics engineers. 

WPI is Part of a National Team That Will Develop a Robot That Can Go Where Humans Fear to Tread

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Robotics Research at WPI

Ongoing research keeps WPI at the forefront of robotics engineering advances. Focus areas include human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, medical robotics, kinematics and control systems, sensors, manipulation and navigation, and more.




  • FIRST District Robotics Competition
    The competition was composed of 2,000 high school students from 40 teams in New England hosted at WPI. The students were challenged to build a robot capable of certain tasks. Learn more...

    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC)
    Team excels in five mobility and motion tasks and secures “Best in Task Vehicle Award”; Squad has chance to move on to DARPA DRC Finals in 2014. Learn more...

    CompNASA Sample Return Robot Challenge  
    Teams compete for up to $1.5 million in prizes by demonstrating a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples without human control.  Learn more...

    Savage Soccer: VEX Robotics Tournament  
    Each year, WPI students work to develop a new game for the Savage Soccer competitors and organize a large tournament on campus.  Learn more...

    FIRST Robotics Competition 
    The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) stages short games played by robots, and game rules are a surprise every year.  Learn more...

    Teams competing at RoboNautica are among the top performers at the qualifying tournaments held throughout the state.  Learn more...

    Robotics Innovations Competition and Conference (RICC)
    Challenges university-level students to engineer robotic solutions to real-world problems by focusing on innovation, technical approach, and professionalism.  Learn more...


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WPI’s Robotics Engineering was the first such program in the nation to receive accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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