Robotics engineering is one of the fastest-growing fields in engineering. This field of study is closely related to other disciplines such as computer science, cognitive psychology, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Educational robotics programs are available for students beginning at the kindergarten level and reaching all the way to the doctorate.
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Carnegie Mellon University
The Robotics Institute is a part of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1979 and has been a part of numerous research breakthroughs including intelligent manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, space-exploration robots, medical robotics, nano-machines and anthropomorphic robots.
The Robotics Insitute offers an undergraduate minor, a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a PhD as well as a fifth-year master's program for undergraduate students and a joint M.D./PhD option. This school was the first to offer a doctoral-level degree in robotics. As a part of its community outreach program, the school organises K-12 programs in robotics.
The Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, offers a program in robotics and intelligent systems. This program serves as a focus track for those pursuing a degree in a relevant field. It stresses the interaction among engineering, computing and life sciences in robotics.
Those admitted to the program must be a junior or senior with an adequate background in math, science and computing. Enrolled students take six courses, three of which are core curriculum and three electives. A B-minus or better average in all courses is required for completion of the program.
Princeton, NJ 08544
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania offers robotic engineering education through its GRASP Laboratory, located on its campus in Philadelphia. Penn is an Ivy League school and admissions are highly selective. Graduation from this program results in the master of science in engineering degree.
The curriculum emphasises research topics such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, control systems, dynamics and machine learning, as well as design, programming and prototyping of robotic systems. The degree requires 10 courses and a thesis. Coursework includes three foundation courses, five technical elective courses and two robotics electives.
GRASP Laboratory, Levine Hall L402
University of Pennsylvania
3330 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228
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