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.

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

WPI-CMU DRC Finals Day 2: Time Lapse X20


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

In the News

Referring to him as a “leader in haptic technology,” the American Society of Mechanical Engineers featured Cagdas Onal, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, in the article.  “Many potential applications exist, including prosthetic/orthotic devices, wearable technologies, robotic collaborators/assistants, elder care, and systems that augment human performance,” Onal said.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

USA Today interviewed Alexander Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, for the lead article in its Tech section. Commenting on sound waves generated by technology able to generate enough power to keep multiple devices running, Wyglinski said, “in general, just like with any other signal, there’s an issue with it getting weaker the farther away it travels from the transmission source.” 

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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.

Doctoral Students

Marek Wartenberg

Marek was born and raised in Portland, Maine and completed a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Connecticut. He also has an M.S. Automation and Control Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Marek is a PhD student in the Robotics Engineering department and his research interests include robotic control systems applied to medical technologies and image guided therapy. His current work is developing MRI compatible robots for prostate cancer biopsies.

Matthew Bowers

Bachelor's Degrees from SUNY at Buffalo in both Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Master's Degree from WPI in Robotics Engineering. Interests include Bio-inspired robotics, legged robots, aquatic Robotics, agricultural robotics, toy/entertainment robotics, and prosthetics.

Ming Luo

My name is Ming Luo. I am 5 year PhD Candidate from Robotics Engineering. My advisor is Prof. Cagdas. My research direction is soft robot, snake robot and artificial muscle.