Robotics and Systems Design research focuses on identifying fundamental principles and methodologies that enable engineered systems to exhibit intelligent, goal-oriented behavior, and developing innovative instruments to monitor, control and manipulate systems. Faculty and students participate in several major sponsored research centers, including the Army’s Micro Autonomous Science and Technology (MAST) CTA, and the AFOSR Center of Excellence on Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas (NIFTI). Research in the Robotics and Systems Design Area typically leverages three core competencies in service to diverse needs in such areas as healthcare, security, education, space and ocean exploration, and autonomous systems in air, land and underwater.

Course Guidance

In addition to PhD requirements, no specific course is required for this research area. The courses below are intended to provide guidance on typical course options for students interested in Robotics and Systems Design.

Strongly Recommended 

Note: The material in the following courses are pre-requisite for the electives below. If you already have the background in these areas, then you may not need to take the courses. See the description in the classes and consult with your thesis advisor for more information.

  • MCEN 5228 Feedback Control
  • ASEN 5014 Linear Control Systems (prereq MCEN 5228 Feedback Control)

Specialized Courses/Electives

  • MCEN 6228 Robust Multivariable Control (prereq ASEN 5014 Linear Control Systems)
  • MCEN 5228 Automated Mechanical Design Synthesis
  • MCEN 5228 Industrial Automation
  • MCEN 5125 Optimal Design
  • MCEN 5115 Mechatronics and Robotics
  • MCEN 5064 Soft Machines
  • CSCI 5302 Advanced Robotics (prereq: command of the Linux operating system, programming in C++ and/or Python, computer with Ubuntu 14.04)
  • CSCI 7000 Swarm Intelligence (prereq: Discrete algorithms)