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.
A New Year, A New Look
In the fall, WPI’s beloved humanoid robot with a sense of humor traveled back home to Boston Dynamics for a makeover. In addition to a whole new look, he now has improved functions such as neck movement and control, increased arm span, and newly designed hips and knees that are stronger and better than ever.
His torso is entirely new, too, with a new power system, quieter pump and motor, and an updated hydraulic and cooling system. All these updates make WARNER ready to take on his competitors in the next round of the DARPA competition. Will you be watching?
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 Smart Wheelchairs Move at the Blink of an Eye
WPI researchers are working to give people with severe disabilities a new level of freedom with smart wheelchairs that can be controlled with the blink of an eye, literally. The sensor-driven motorized wheelchairs respond to facial and eye movements, from looking left or right to raising an eyebrow. They can also be controlled with simple voice commands.
If you visit WPI, don’t be surprised to see one of the wheelchairs gliding through a hallway. And don’t worry about being in its way—the wheelchair is responsive to its environment and uses sensors to map its surroundings and avoid obstacles. Learn more…
The smart wheelchair 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, working to assist in the global Ebola crisis.
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 three successful years of programming and attendance, WPI is pleased to keep the action going in 2015. 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 2015.