The Robotics program at Oregon State University is a multi-disciplinary research group in the College of Engineering, with faculty members spanning all areas of robotics from mechanical engineering and controls to machine learning and artificial intelligence. Faculty and students from the schools of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) collaborate on research in a variety of areas of robotics, including legged locomotion, power systems, cyber security, environmental monitoring, human-robot interaction, multi-robot systems, agriculture, and software architectures for robotics. Robotics is part of the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) institute, which spans the university and includes faculty from a variety of disciplines, including civil engineering, oceanographic studies, agriculture, education, psychology, and forestry.
We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level as well as Minors at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Currently, there are over 80 graduate students in Robotics mentored by our 46 core faculty members, with an additional 23 affiliate and external faculty across the university. Research funding comes from a wide range of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, NASA, and industry partners.
Our focus is on the full impact of robotic systems deployed in the real world. This includes socio-economic impact, ethics, law and policy, and how to integrate robotics into society with minimum disruption and maximum benefit.
The robotics graduate program at Oregon State spans departments in the College of Engineering, with core faculty from mechanical engineering, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering. Affiliations and collaborations across the university include oceanography, biomechanics, art, forestry, agriculture, education, civil, and psychology.
Students may earn Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in robotics with an option to add an appropriate double major, such as mechanics, AI, or computer science. Our courses cover core areas of robotics (actuation, locomotion, manipulation, dynamics, control, sensing, artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, mobile robotics) as well as ethics and societal impacts. We have a vibrant seminar series the brings in industry and academic roboticists from around the world. Our list of required courses is deliberately small, allowing our students to design a program of study that matches their research needs, and can include courses from disparte fields such as materials and psycholog.
The robotics research groups are housed in Graf Hall, a two-story 18,000 square foot highbay space (pictured above) for use as a shared laboratory, with associated small laboratories and offices for student use immediately adjacent. This space provides a strong environment for collaboration and interaction among robotics graduate students and faculty. All robotics faculty are housed in offices in the building. Recent renovations have added a conference room, lounge, fabrication lab, human-studies lab, and other common areas. This space is consistently active with rolling, flying, and walking robots.
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We also offer a Minor in Robotics for undergraduate students. The Minor is flexible and works well with a number of different majors in Engineering and Science. The current approved course list can be found here. Some students combine their Robotics Minor with the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) to earn graduate credits in their Junior and Senior year.
The Dynamic Robotics Laboratory, along with Agility Robotics, are developing a bipedal walking and running robot: Cassie! Watch as she becomes the first bipedal robot to run an outdoor 5k.
The Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute (CoRIS) is the driving force behind the OSU Robotics program. The institute focuses not just on the robots themselves, but also how robotics is integrated into the real world for a wide variety of applications from forestry to agriculture to education to underwater exploration.
For questions about undergraduate minors, please contact the appropriate head of undergraduate advising (depending upon your major). For prospective graduate students, please email MIME.GradInfo@oregonstate.edu for questions about the graduate application process. For current graduate students with questions about program paperwork, please email MIME.Gradservices@oregonstate.edu.