It Starts with Research—and Leads to Virtually Endless Opportunities
Scientific inquiry can end up in an unlimited number of destinations. But invariably, it all begins at the same starting point: research. Tireless research helped WPI identify the growth and proliferation of robotics in increasing areas of society. This led to the recognition of the burgeoning demand for qualified robotics engineers and, consequently, the need for top-notch education programs.
The result was WPI’s first-in-the-nation BS in Robotics Engineering, followed by MS, PhD, and our BS/MS combined program.
Likewise, ongoing research keeps WPI at the forefront of robotics engineering advances and breakthroughs. Students and faculty members take advantage of the almost endless opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines. Their results are rewarding, inspiring, and historic.
Find out about the research focus areas of our faculty members.
Research Focus Areas
Robotics is a broad field encompassing many aspects of science and engineering. Students in Robotics Engineering have the opportunity to work with faculty on many topics and to make fundamental contributions to this evolving field. Below are our faculty members' current areas of research.
Human–Robot Interaction and Interfaces
- Scott Barton
- Zhi (Jane) Li
- Markus Nemitz
- Cagdas Onal
- Carlo Pinciroli
- Jeanine Skorinko
- Jing Xiao
- Haichong (Kai) Zhang
Robot Motion Planning and Control
Medical Robotics and Assistive Robots
Novel Sensors/Actuators and Robot Design
Robotics and AI
Sensing and Perception
- James Duckworth
- Siavash Farzan
- William Michalson
- Markus Nemitz