Every day, Robots.
For geeks of all ages.
WPI was the first university in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree program in Robotics Engineering—and first to offer BS through PhD degrees. From K–12 programs to undergraduate projects, youth tournaments to collegiate teams, human-robotic interaction to assistive robots, WPI is playing a leading role on the national robotics stage.
Bringing Young Innovators to WPI
On March 14, 40 local FIRST Robotics Competition teams will converge on campus for the WPI District Event to show what their robots can do. A longstanding partner, WPI will again welcome some serious competition, showcasing that Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition for which FIRST is so well known.
All three WPI-mentored teams will be competing at this event. Who will win? In the spirit of FIRST and WPI, we believe we all will. In the end, it’s a win for innovation.
The WPI-mentored Team 190 shows what it means to share your robot pride with your peers. Watch the video.
Pioneers. It’s just who we are.
With a history of being first in robotics engineering education and the rapid pace of growth for undergraduate and graduate programs alike, WPI knew it could go farther. Literally! We’re now offering an online graduate program for students best served by distance learning. Offered through WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education, an online robotics course means you can be in Fiji surfing the waves and still be part of a world-class institution that knows robotics. Okay, we don’t get that many applications from Fiji, but you get the idea. Learn more.
Online is available to any applicant, but if you’re in the region, you’ll find that WPI is close to Boston, Providence, and just a few hours from the Big Apple. Lots of jobs for qualified robotics engineers are coming – as much as 13 percent growth projected through 2018 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Why wait? Get started.
Making Robots Part of our Everyday Lives
We’re taking robots from the labs to workplaces and maybe even your living room. Researchers Sonia Chernova and Dmitry Berenson have each received funding through the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative to investigate how to make robots effective partners. Learn more.
More research topics by faculty and students include such focus areas as human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, medical robotics, kinematics and control systems, sensors, manipulation and navigation, and more.
WPI Robotics Team Finishes in Seventh Place in National Competition
WPI’s humanoid robot, WARNER, garnered fame at the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge Trials for excelling in five mobility and manipulation tasks, securing the “Best in Task Vehicle Award.” Competing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., WARNER placed seventh, and gained fame for his witty banter.
If you want to get to know a witty bot, follow WARNER on Twitter.
WARNER (WPI’s Atlas Robot for Nonconventional Emergency Response) is just part of the WPI story for revolutionary bots. Remember Oryx? Award-winning Oryx is prepped and ready to go beyond our borders – to Mars. And now he’s inspired AERO. Learn more.
TouchTomorrow | June 14, 2014
Meet an astronaut. Pilot a space rover from NASA. Travel in time. OK, maybe not that last one, but come to TouchTomorrow to stretch your imagination as to what’s possible. After two successful years of programming and attendance, WPI is pleased to keep the action going in 2014. If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out. This all-day event is free and open to the public. Did we mention the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge happens here, too? What can we say… NASA loves our robot enthusiasm.
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And don’t forget, there are other things going on this summer…
K–12/Summer@WPI lists all kinds of cool programs, residential and day, school year to summer, for kids interested in STEM. Make it a new kind of summer in 2014.