Get the skills needed to research and develop robust autonomous systems. Automation is one technology advancement that defines Industry 4.0.
Robotics engineering is at the intersection of three distinct areas. Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and applied computing form the basis for robotics. Robotics engineers are fluent in these disciplines. They apply these principles to autonomous vehicles and automation design in manufacturing. Robotic systems impact human endeavors.
Understand why robots and autonomous machines are useful. Applications go beyond industry and manufacturing into areas of mobility. Learn how to interface robotics with other systems. Take courses in robot operating systems and microcontrollers for cyber-physical systems. Apply robotics to electric machinery and drives. See the relationship between robotics, sensation, and perception.
Robotics engineers learn open-source hardware and software implementation. As a student, you'll learn computer-based signal processing and control. You can create autonomous motion in the physical world. You will have the opportunity to work with advanced robot platforms and sensors. Many are unique to Michigan Tech:
- Ground robots
- Autonomous surface vessels
- Underwater autonomous vehicles
- Autonomous on-road and off-road vehicles
- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Robotics Engineering Design Options
Students in Robotics Engineering choose an engineering design path to meet their goals. Join an Enterprise, such as Robotic Systems or Aerospace. Focus on interfaces and control with Blue Marble Security or Wireless Communication. Work on robotics-related projects in an interdisciplinary setting. Or, complete a year-long, industry-sponsored project centered on robotics. Collaborate with fellow ECE students through our Senior Design program.
Tomorrow Needs Autonomy, Engineered
The future is autonomy, engineered. Prepare to be the engineer of tomorrow. There is an expected job growth of 9% between 2016–2026. Students with skills in robotics and autonomous systems are in high demand.