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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.

Degrees & Certificates

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Innovation

In a world where humans and robots are increasingly co-existing, student researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are working on projects to help humans better interact with their robotic partners, and to enable robots to be more capable, more efficient and more user-friendly human assistants. Here a student team has built a robot that can take visitors on a tour of a campus building. 

Guiding Research in a World of Human-Robot Collaboration

Autonomous Vehicles

Student researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are looking to a future when autonomous electric vehicles won’t be fully autonomous unless they can be recharged without the aid of a human. Using robotics, that’s what this research team created.

How Do You Make Autonomous Cars Even More Autonomous?

Project Highlight: Demining Autonomous System

Every year, thousands of people are killed or maimed because of land mines. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are working on a robotic solution that would be inexpensive enough for small towns and organizations to use.

A Robotic Solution to Safely Finding and Destroying Land Mines

Robotic Recycling Centers

Assistant Professor Berk Calli and eight other researchers will use $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program for the four-year project, which will include building a mock recycling line at WPI.

Safer, More Accurate Cancer Detection

Assistant Professor Haichong (Kai) Zhang received a five-year $1,869,423 Director's Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his ongoing work to create a robotic system that will detect and analyze three different indicators of prostate cancer.

Human-Robot Interaction in the Workplace

Anticipating a future of work that establishes a division of labor between humans and robotic technology, WPI robotics engineering researchers have secured a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant focusing on research and training related to the adoption of robotic assistants in the workplace.

Announcements

June 14, 2022
School of Arts & Sciences
April 14, 2022
Faculty, Research, School of Engineering, WPI Today, Robotics Engineering
February 09, 2022
Innovation & Entrepreneurship

News

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Robotic technology sorts trash
April 28, 2022
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From left, Jane Li, Cagdas Onal, Yunus Telliel, and Jeanine Skorinko
April 20, 2022

Media Coverage

Robotics Engineering Assistant Professor Jane Li spoke with WBZ News Radio (at the 00:17:24 mark) about the nursing robots she’s constructing. The robots are designed to help nurses care for patients who are in quarantine or isolation, and to help with other tasks, such as retrieving supplies and equipment.

The Boston Globe spoke with Robotics Engineering Professor Michael Gennert about the Massachusetts-based robotics company Symbotic’s announcement that it’s going public. Gennert offers expert analysis on the intersection of the robotics and grocery industries.

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.

Student Success Story

Jeremy Trilling '22

Trilling has the kind of imagination that’s exciting and a little mind-boggling—one that envisions a future where the jet stream moves packages, and people, around the world.

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.