Robotics Engineering


Bachelor of Science in Engineering | College of Engineering and Computing

What is Robotics Engineering?

Robotics engineering is a multi-disciplinary field that encompasses skills from several engineering areas including electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering as well as computer science. Robotics involves many leading edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, image and video processing, electronics, control algorithms, industrial automation, hydraulics, pneumatics, and newly developed navigation methods for robotic systems. Although robotics is often portrayed as an emerging technology, it is actually a well-established field that includes many areas of recent growth. Robotics includes many exciting applications such as autonomous vehicles, drones, undersea exploration, industrial manufacturing operations, space exploration, robotic surgery, nanorobotics, and agriculture.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Top-notch facilities

The robotics engineering program uses a variety of laboratory facilities in the College of Engineering and Computing. These facilities include state-of-the-art robotic systems that allow students to learn and perform experiments. Equipment includes mobile platforms that permit students to learn about the techniques used in autonomous vehicles and similar systems. Miami's laboratories also include multi-robot industrial robotic systems that can perform tasks either independently or cooperatively. Robots are equipped with arm-end actuators to perform tasks and vision systems that allow students to learn precise control concepts. Collaborative robotics, which directly interface with human counterparts to accomplish tasks, are also part of Miami's robotics equipment. Pendent based simulators allow many students to simultaneously write programs and then download and test programs on actual robotic systems. Students have the opportunity to become certified in industrial robotics equipment, which is a key factor sought by many employers.

Educational leaders

Our strongly student-oriented faculty are involved in research that includes many undergraduate and graduate students. Miami teams have been honored with the Undergraduate Summer Scholars award for Neural Networks and the Robotics International Team One Gold Award for Self Controlled Robots. Miami professors pride themselves in providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities for students that are both class related and additional independent projects.

Double major

Students have the opportunity to double-major in robotics engineering and electrical or computer engineering with one semester of additional course work.

Undergraduate focus

Miami is the only Ohio public university offering a robotics engineering program where the focus is on undergraduate education.

Work experience

Students can gain valuable work experience through an internship or a co-op job. Miami University’s Career Services Office offers many resources to help students find internships and jobs. There is also a Career Advisor specifically for students in the College of Engineering and Computing who can help with strategies and resources that may be most relevant to your internship and job search.

Research projects

Students can participate in research projects led by faculty. Research projects give students more in-depth academic experience and help them preparing for industry or graduate studies. Miami faculty have developed relationships with several leading robotic companies, allowing students to engage in real-world applications and technologies. Students can also work as laboratory assistants for the department. Laboratory assistance allows students to gain more hand-on experience and trouble-shooting skills.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Science, engineering science, and mathematics courses are fundamental to robotics engineering. Physics, engineering mechanics, computer science, and mathematics and statistics courses help to prepare students for in-depth study of robotics engineering subjects.

Robotics engineering courses provide students with in-depth knowledge in many technology areas. Students learn about individual robotics technologies and the integration of these technologies to construct robotic systems. In addition to providing thorough coverage of technology areas, courses also provide training in other aspects of robotics that include safety measures, economic trade-off studies, ethical issues of robotics, and impact of robotics on society.

Most courses include a laboratory led by a professor. Laboratories give students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge learned in class to real-world applications that demonstrate robotic principles. Laboratory experience includes traditional industrial robotic systems and emerging robotic areas such as autonomous vehicles, biomedical applications of robots, and systems that utilize technologies such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, and video processing.

Miami's robotics engineering program allows students to specialize in one of three technology areas. Intelligent systems emphasizes topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data fusion, and embedded systems. Industrial automation provides advanced learning opportunities in the areas of manufacturing automation; mechanics, analysis and control of robots. General robotics gives students the flexibility to choose courses from both intelligent systems and industrial automation, in addition to other robotics related courses.

What can I do with this major?

Opportunities for graduates are wide ranging and exciting! Demand for candidates with robotic engineering skills is strong and growing. Robotic engineering skills can be applied to virtually any manufacturing industry. Robotics engineering skills are also in high demand in emerging areas such automated transportation, space exploration, robotic surgery, and collaborative robotic systems that interact with humans. Robotics engineers may also choose to combine their technical education with other skills to work in fields such as management, business, law, medicine, and politics.

Graduates will also be prepared to continue their education at the graduate level in robotics engineering and closely related fields such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, and aerospace engineering.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
260 Garland Hall
Oxford, OH 45056