Master’s in Robotics & Autonomous Systems Launched

New degree designed to prepare engineers for a connected society

Recognizing the increasing demand spurred by the extraordinary growth of robotics, autonomous systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, the College of Engineering is expanding its advanced offerings in the field by launching a Master of Science in Robotics and Autonomous Systems degree program.
“The field of robotics and autonomous systems is undergoing explosive growth,” said Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen. “Applications in medicine, autonomous vehicles, urban function, additive manufacturing, product storage, distribution and delivery, space exploration, consumer products, energy delivery, and many other areas are growing rapidly and are expected to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Building upon the strength of our faculty with research expertise in robotics, autonomous systems, machine learning and controls, and working with many corporate leaders that innovate and use robotics and autonomous products, this degree will prepare students to be leaders in this exciting growth area.”
The degree is designed to be accessible to students with a Bachelor of Science degree in myriad disciplines, such as mechanical, electrical, computer, biomedical, and systems engineering, and computer science. The program teaches students how to synthesize all these disciplines with machine learning all in the development and applications of robotics and autonomous systems.

A unique component of the 32-credit program is a full-time, paid internship completed during the summer term. Students can complete an internship placement through the program, arrange for an approved internship they find themselves, or participate in a research internship in a faculty member’s lab. Several leading local robotics companies—including Amazon Robotics, Boston Scientific, DEKA, The Gillette Company, Greensight Agronomics, Dragon, iRobot, MathWorks, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, OptimusRide, PTC, Realtime Robotics, and YRobot—have agreed to consider BU Robotics students for internships.

Massachusetts is home to more than 120 robotics companies and thousands of employees working on everything from large-scale manufacturing to in-home consumer devices. Applications range from soft robotics used in biomedical applications to self-driving vehicles, smart cities, environmental and sustainable systems, and many others. As robotics continues to expand these companies are seeking more engineers with advanced robotics training.
Applications to the Master of Science in Robotics and Autonomous Systems program are now being accepted for the class enrolling in Fall 2020.

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