WPI’s PhD in Robotics Engineering is one of the few worldwide where students can earn a doctorate in the field. We take robotics seriously, yet our approach is creative and innovative. Our world-class facilities and industry-leading faculty encourage originality and allow candidates to lead novel, cutting-edge research that crosses disciplines.
The open atmosphere builds collaborative opportunities where students generate solutions that often lead to breakthroughs in robotics technology. And WPI’s location in the heart of the robotics industry opens doors to research, collaboration, internships, and networking with the world’s leading robotics companies.
The PhD in Robotics Engineering doctoral program is groundbreaking and internationally known for its outstanding faculty and advanced research projects. A small student-to-faculty ratio means students work side by side with world-class professors who are exploring everything from medical robotic devices and multi-robot systems to the ethical implications of human-robot interaction.
Course work across disciplines includes computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and mechanical engineering and gives candidates depth and breadth in robotics expertise. Students may enter with a BS or an MS degree and will propose a plan of study and potential research leading up to dissertation studies.
Research for Robotics Engineering PhD
Faculty research is wide-ranging and involves students in every step of research and exploration, so robotics engineering PhD students have nearly endless choices. Working in this wide-ranging field means you’re always innovating on exciting new problems and challenges in real-time. The energy in our labs is contagious and breeds revolutionary approaches to robotics.
WPI’s robotics faculty research is supported through federal and industry funding. Some areas of faculty specialization:
- Assistive and Augmentative Robotics
- Human-Robot Interaction
- Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control
- Medical and Surgical Robotics
- Motion Planning
The extensive robotics labs and facilities at WPI cater to the various interests and the collaborative and independent research projects of students. All around campus, students pursue advances using the latest technology in labs outfitted for robots for medical, social, military, communication, and even artistic uses.
Ready to Work on Innovative Robots, But Need Your Masters? Explore Our Online & On Campus Options.
If you’re interested in working on breakthrough robotics discoveries through serious research and an innovative imagination, our master’s in robotics engineering may be a good fit for you. A first-of-its-kind degree in the nation, our MS in robotics is offered online and on-campus in which you will advance knowledge in fundamental areas of computer science, ECE, mathematics, and mechanical engineering to tackle real-world problems.
Gain a Foundation in Robotics With a Graduate Certificate
Whether you’re hoping to gain a solid base in the robotics field or want to stay ahead of the curve, our robotics engineering graduate certificates are a great starting point. WPI’s on campus robotics engineering graduate certificate covers the fundamentals of robotics to provide students a strong understanding of how robots are engineered. This 15-credit certificate dives into robot dynamics, systems engineering, and more. Prefer to study online at your own convenience? We also offer our robotics engineering graduate certificates 100% online so you can advance your skills in robotics while continuing your career. Maybe you’re interested in complementing your technical skills with a leadership edge? Our robotics engineering management certificate covers how robotics systems are engineered through management contexts.
Are you interested in majoring in robotics? Do you want to learn more?
If you’re interested in robotics and want to dive right into a top-rated program, a bachelor’s in robotics engineering at WPI lets you do everything from researching how the field of robotics works to actually building robotic devices, interacting with them, and exploring the uses and ethics of robotics. Our first-in-the-nation bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering delivers the kind of expertise and comprehensive approach you need to understand the use and implications of robotics. If robotics interests you but your major is in a different discipline, try our minor in robotics engineering. Our minor in robotics engineering includes course work in disciplines such as ECE, mechanical engineering, computer science, and others, so you’ll be able to apply what you learn in the minor program to your major discipline.
WPI is proud to be the recipient of not one, but two National Science Foundation Research Traineeship programs. The programs provide exceptionally talented graduate students with specialized training and funding assistance to join careers at the forefront of technology and innovation. The programs are for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs in STEM. Learn more.
The BioPoint Program for Graduate Students has been designed to complement traditional training in bioscience, digital and engineering fields. Students accepted into one of the home BioPoint programs will have the flexibility to select research advisors and take electives in other departments to broaden their skills. BioPoint curriculum is designed to be individual, interactive, project-focused and diverse, and includes innovative courses, seminars, journal clubs and industrial-based projects. Learn more.