Interactive Qualifying Project

Better known on campus as IQP, this is WPI's most distinctive academic requirement, and it is unique in higher education. The IQP challenges students to address a problem that lies at the intersection of science or technology with social issues and human needs and is done under the direct guidance of one or more faculty advisors, usually in teams of 2-4 students.

The objective of this interdisciplinary requirement is to enable WPI graduates to understand, as citizens and as professionals, how their careers will impact the larger society of which they are part. Generally, these projects involve some analysis of how technology affects, and is affected by, individuals and communities.

Many projects are proposed by external agencies or organizations, and most are done in teams. About 60 percent of all IQPs are completed through the Global Perspective Program at one of WPI's Project Centers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, or Europe.

See previous robotics IQPs below:

Evaluating Simulators in FRC  

IQP Team: Mark Chaoui, Thomas DeSilva, Lydia Johnston, Cody Wall  

Advisors: Brad Miller (ME/RBE), Colleen Shaver (ME/RBE)  

Project Year: 2013-2014

Abstract: This project examines the simulators used within the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in order to assess the usefulness of simulation tools to FRC teams.  The end product will provide FIRST’s leadership with recommendations about pursuing further development of Gazebo, an open-source robot simulator, and related tools.  The data to support these conclusions come from two sources.  The first is a series of surveys assessing how FRC teams anticipate they will use the simulator. The second is the beta test of a plugin that enables teams to test Java software in Gazebo before running it on their physical robots.   The combination of results from the theoretical data (the surveys) and practical data (the beta test) enables us to make statements about whether or not simulators have a feasible application in the FRC development cycle.