2007-2008

WPI to Launch Robotics Engineering Program with Symposium on the Robotics Revolution

WPI will launch its new bachelor's degree program in robotics engineering, the first in the nation, with the "WPI Robotics Symposium: Engineering the Revolution," to be held the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Event Highlights the First Robotics Engineering Major in the United States

What:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will launch its new Robotics Engineering program--the first in the United States--with the “WPI Robotics Symposium: Engineering the Revolution.”

Why:

As of fall 2007, WPI is offering the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in robotics engineering. The new major grows out of an increasing demand for robots and robotics systems to meet national needs in areas such as defense and security, elder care, automation of household tasks, customized manufacturing, and interactive entertainment, and also responds to the escalating interest in robots among young people. This major, which crosses academic boundaries, is designed to prepare a new breed of engineer with the skills and imagination to develop intelligent machines that go beyond today’s reality.

Who:

Prominent industry experts will address the opportunities and challenges facing the robotics engineering field: Helen Greiner, co-founder and chairman of the board, iRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba floor cleaning robots and military and industrial robots; Dean Kamen ‘73, president and CEO of DEKA Research and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter and the IBOT Mobility System; Ellen M. Purdy, enterprise director, Department of Defense Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise; and Eric Grimson, Bernard Gordon professor of medical engineering, department head, electrical engineering and computer science, MIT.

When:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum (upstairs)
Worcester, Mass.

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October 8, 2007

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu