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Title: A Robotics Engineering Major


1
A Robotics Engineering Major
  • Michael A. Gennert
  • Acting Director, Robotics Engineering
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Research in Robots for Education
  • 30 June 2007

2
Major Contributors
  • Michael J. Ciaraldi, CS
  • David Cyganski, ECE
  • Michael A. Demetriou, ME
  • Brad A. Miller, ME
  • Yiming Rong, ME
  • Lance E. Schachterle, HUA Associate Provost
  • Kenneth A. Stafford, ME
  • Grétar Tryggvason, ME

3
Motivation for Robotics Major
  • Growth in importance of Robotics
  • Push of tech capability cost
  • Pull of consumer, defense, entertainment, elder
    care, med
  • K-12 interest in Robotics
  • Offer students what they want
  • Great fit for WPI
  • Strong CS, ECE, ME
  • Project-based curricula
  • FIRST Team 190 tradition
  • Lead
  • Who are Schmied, Marmet, Reist, von Gunten?

4
Principles
  • Clearly articulated objectives
  • Broadly-based program
  • Flexible
  • Accreditable
  • 4 years
  • Consistent w/ WPI educational philosophy

5
Program Objectives
  • Have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of
    CS, ECE, ME, and Systems Engineering.
  • Apply these abstract concepts and practical
    skills to design and construct robots and robotic
    systems for diverse applications.
  • Have the imagination to see how robotics can be
    used to improve society and the entrepreneurial
    background and spirit to make their ideas become
    reality.
  • Demonstrate the ethical behavior and standards
    expected of responsible professionals functioning
    in a diverse society.

6
Other Principles
  • Broadly-based Program
  • ECE Embedded Computing Systems
  • CS Algorithms and Software Engineering
  • ES/ME Statics and Controls
  • Flexibility
  • Electives Robotics unrestricted
  • Paths Multiple

7
Other Principles
  • Accreditable
  • Adds credibility for students, faculty
  • FPE Exam, ROTC
  • 4 years
  • Fits better in 5, but
  • WPI Philosophy
  • Lehr und Kunst Theory and practice
  • Project-based learning

8
Curriculum 1.0
X
Black Required General Education (12
courses) Green Required Basic Math and Science
(9 courses) Purple Recommended Basic Math and
Science (3 courses) Red Required Engineering
(13 courses) Blue Recommended Engineering and
Free Electives (9 courses)
Class A Term B Term C Term D Term
Freshman MA 1021 PH 1110 HU MA 1022 BB 1001 HU MA 1023 PE HU MA 1024 PH 1120 HU
Sophomore CS 1101 RBE 1001 HU CS 2102 MA 2071 HU-SUFF CS 2303 ECE 2011 SS MA 2051 ECE 2022 SS
Junior ECE 2801 ES 2501 IQP ES 2503 CS 2223 IQP ME 3310 Robotics Preparation IQP ECE 2311 CS 3733 Robotics Elective 1
Senior CS 4341 ES 3011 Sr Proj Robotics Elective 2 Free Elective Sr Proj Robotics Elective 3 Free Elective Sr Proj Free Elective
RBE 1001
Wheres the Robotics?
9
Curriculum 2.0
Complete dependency graph more complicated, but
still a DAG
10
Typical Program
11
Robotics Engineering Program
12
Lessons Learned
  • Need vision passion a business plan
  • Bottom-up approach better than top-down
  • Stick to ones principles
  • Be open to compromise on anything else
  • Communicate
  • Be bold!

13
Questions?
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