The University of Michigan Robotics Graduate Program is a new academic discipline that integrates knowledge from across a range of technical fields for applications to robotics. The program focuses on three core disciplines essential to robotics: (1) Sensing of the environment, external agents, and internal body information to determine state information; (2) Reasoning with that information to make decisions for guidance, control, and localization; and (3) Acting upon the body and environment to produce motion or other outputs that enable the robot to locomote or interact with the environment. 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, among others.
The Robotics program trains students as independent researchers and engineers, and as future leaders in robotics research in academia, industry, and government. 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.