ENG Robotics Programs Listed Among Nation’s Best

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The Boston University College of Engineering has grown both its undergraduate and graduate robotics program significantly in recent years and is being recognized for it. The College’s Robotics Lab is one of just seven recognized by Analytics Insight as offering the nation’s best robotics programs.

“I’m glad to see that our work to expand our programs as well as bring in top faculty members and researchers has been recognized,” says Professor and Director of the BU Robotics Lab Calin Belta (ME, SE, ECE). “This list puts us in good company with several of the other top robotics programs in the country.”

The BU robotics program was singled out for its efforts to educate students on how to program and create autonomous robots, and for the Robotics Lab, located behind the Engineering Product Innovation Center. Analytics Insight noted that the lab can accommodate ground and air robots of various sizes and capabilities, and includes a motion capture system.

Other robotics programs on the list of seven include Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.

Belta noted that the College recently created the Center for Autonomous and Robotics Systems, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence (AI) integration into other fields, including biomedical engineering. Belta is the Center’s director.

“With AI projected to only grow in the coming years, students are looking towards top programs like BU’s to position themselves at the forefront of the field,” Belta added.