The interdisciplinary field of robotics holds enormous potential for scientific exploration, human efficiency, and improved quality of life. Applications for robotic systems can be found in the exploration of uninhabitable environments, automated transportation, manufacturing, search and rescue, safety systems, microsurgery, and for neural-controlled prosthetics and restored mobility, amongst others.
The University of Michigan provides excellence across the broad range of disciplines related to robotics, including computer science, mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence, computer vision, electrical engineering, control systems, psychology, human-robot interaction, sociology, philosophy, ethics, law, biomedical engineering, medicine, business, economics, public policy, and many others. Of particular prominence is an unusually broad yet strong College of Engineering, with top-ranked programs in traditional areas such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, but also with specializations such as Aerospace Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. Robotic applications are increasingly important in all of these fields, as well as in Medicine, where the University has a world-class program.
New for Fall 2014, the College of Engineering is offering graduate degrees in Robotics.
The robotics program at Michigan offers MS and PhD engineering degrees that will integrate knowledge from across a range of technical fields for applications to robotics.
This program will focus on three core disciplines essential to robotics: Sensing of the environment, external agents, and internal body information to determine state information, Reasoning with that information to make decisions for guidance, control, and localization, and Acting upon the body and environment to produce motion or other outputs that enable the robot to locomote or interact with the environment. Each of these areas may be considered a subplan for coursework and research study. The Robotics Program will train students as independent researchers and engineers, and as future leaders in robotics research in academia, industry, and government.