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.
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.
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.