With the first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering and one of the first such graduate programs in the nation, WPI is at the forefront of robotics education and research.  

Our passion for robotics is evident in everything we do—we have a dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and staff along with strong industry connections; perform breakthrough research; provide hands-on work with robotic devices in our many state-of-the-art labs; prioritize space for experimentation; and foster competitive teams that routinely win national robotics awards. Our graduates leave well prepared to tackle the technical, social, cultural, and ethical challenges of a robotics workforce that remains dynamic and constantly changing.


Location: 85 Prescott Street (Gateway Park)
Phone: 508-831-6665 | Fax: 508-831-6864 | rbe@wpi.edu

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD


Our innovative research keeps WPI at the forefront of robotics technology and progress. Our focus areas include human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, medical robotics, kinematics and control systems, sensors, manipulation, and navigation. Watch this video of a student project on the Planetary Exploration Mobility Platform Oryx 2.0.

WPI Oryx 2.0 - Project Summary

DARPA Robotics Challenge

A collaborative team of students, faculty, and professional engineers from WPI and Carnegie Mellon University perform groundbreaking research with the Atlas humanoid robot WARNER, to bring advanced human-level performance capabilities.

WPI-CMU DRC Finals Day 1: Time Lapse X20


For the second year in a row, WPI took home top honors in last week’s International Robotic Sailing Competition SailBot 2018. WPI’s win caps off a year of intense work on the team’s vessel and robotic operations. 

Introducing SailBOTS: Sailboats that control themselves

Soft Robotics Speed Challenge

At the 2017 ICRA Soft Robotics Challenge, WPI's soft robotic salamander finished the course in under 1 minute -- the second fastest team took over 12 minutes to complete.

Soft Robotic Salamander - 2017 ICRA Soft Robotics Speed Challenge

Undergraduate Project: SmallKat v2

With the undergraduate robotics lab facilities available at WPI, students Keion Bisland and Xavier Little designed, printed and assembled the quadruped "SmallKat" in a 7-week independent study project. They used new robotics development environment BowlerStudio to animate and control SmallKat.

SmallKat v2 Cat Walking and turning

Senior Highlight: Project Kinisi

Every year teams of WPI students work on and present a Major Qualifying Project. "Project Kinisi" is composed of RBE, CS, and ECE students working together to create a working autonomous vehicle. This video series will follow their progress -- subscribe to see their work throughout the 2018-2019 academic year and up to Project Presentation Day in the April.

Project Kinisi: Episode 0 - Baja MQP


In the News

Gregory Fischer, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering, was noted in the Worcester Business Journal on his being elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Worcester Business Journal

This week’s College Town in the Telegram & Gazette led off with Gregory Fischer, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering, being elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. The article noted some of Fischer’s work, including development of an MRI-compatible robotic system, which will enable more effective treatment of metastatic brain tumors.

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Implementing the First High School Robotics Competition

At the Albania Project center, WPI students have played a major role over the last few years in advancing Albania’s first high school robotics club. Most recently, students took the club a step further by introducing its members to one of WPI’s signature activities: the Savage Soccer robotics competition. Read more.

Career Development

WPI produces students who are well-prepared to consider the technical, social, and ethical implications of using robots in a human world. Our graduates find many professional opportunities in this growing industry.

BS/MS Option

Students may opt to earn a BS/MS degree in robotics engineering in an accelerated time. The bachelor's degree can be in any major at WPI and the master's is in robotics engineering. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Robotics Engineering Department for guidance about any undergraduate requirements for the program.