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; we perform breakthrough research; we provide hands-on work with robotic devices in our many state-of-the-art labs; we prioritize space for experimentation; and we 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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researcher Markus Nemitz is the recipient of a $599,815 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative architecture for low-cost custom robots capable of traversing challenging terrains by swimming, crawling, climbing, and diving through hostile and confined spaces as part of search-and-rescue operations.
WPI researchers have partnered with the City of Worcester to develop a lizard-like soft robot that can creep into walls, ductwork, and pipes to perform inspections and three-dimensional mapping tasks that could be dangerous or impossible for humans.
Funded by a $50,000 National Science Foundation grant, the team— Cagdas Onal, Paul Mathisen, Yunus Telliel, and Berk Calli—collaborated with students and city officials to design the slender and deformable robot, which can get into tight spaces much less invasively than current methods allow.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researcher Loris Fichera has been awarded $599,663 by the National Science Foundation for a five-year project that will enable a new class of surgical robots to treat disease through the focused delivery of energy, such as light, without cutting or touching human tissues.
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.
Robotics in the University Magazine
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