Robotics and Intelligent Systems

Advising Track in MS in Basic Science
Advising Track in MS in Engineering Science

Talk of robotics might bring to mind the humanoid metal machines we see in sci-fi movies. But the technologies that make up robotics and intelligent autonomous systems are proliferate and already in homes in the form of Roomba vacuums, MakerBot printers, Mavic drones and Microsoft Kinect with its use of multi-sensor technologies. And they’ve entered public consciousness in the form of self-driving vehicles such as Waymo cars and Mars rovers.

Robotics and intelligent systems have become a key enabling technology, driving innovation across major industries such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, health care, consumer goods and defense. Real-world use of these technologies include:

  • Automated factories and distribution centers such as Rethink’s Sawyer and Amazon’s Kiva.
  • Health care systems such as da Vinci Surgical Systems and LUKE prosthetics arms.
  • Defense systems such as Boston Dynamics’ BigDog and Lockheed Martin’s ONYX exoskeleton.

As a result, the need for specialized education in robotics and intelligent systems is growing. Technology companies now seek entry-level expertise in fields such as controls, robotic systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, multi-modal sensing and computational linguistics in order to rapidly prototype and release “smart” systems into the marketplace.