Formal Robotics Education Programs:
Best Practices and Future Opportunities
We would like to thank all of the panelists and participants at the Forum that was held at IROS on October 5, 2023. We had some great discussions, and look forward to future engagements.
Jenelle Piepmeier, US Naval Academy (presentation)
François Michaud, Univ. of Sherbrooke (presentation)
Jim Devaprasad, Lake Superior State (presentation)
Louis Whitcomb, Johns Hopkins University (presentation)
George Syrmos, University of Maryland (presentation)
Nikos Papanikolopoulos, University of Minnesota (presentation)
Ani Hsieh, University of Pennsylvania (presentation)
Antonio Sgorbissa, I-RIS representative, University of Genova, Italy (presentation)
Aude Billard, EPFL, Switzerland (presentation)
Ronald D. and Regina C. McNeil Department Chair of Robotics
University of Michigan
Deans' Excellence Professor and Head of Robotics Engineering Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The goal of this project is to exchange ideas and best practices in formal Robotics education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This project consists of three components:
Survey: An initial survey will collect data on existing undergraduate and graduate programs in Robotics. Topics include curriculum, enrollment, faculty expertise, capstone design and other course projects, instructional labs and equipment/supplies, and other relevant factors.
IROS Forum: Data collected from the survey will be summarized and presented at the IROS 2023 Forum on "Formal Robotics Education Programs: Best Practices and Future Opportunities”, on October 5, 2023. The forum will be followed by several moderated panel discussions on undergraduate, master’s and PhD degrees in Robotics. You can register for the forum here.
Article: After the IROS forum, an article will be written for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, describing the findings of the survey and the insights gained through the forum, including best practices and future challenges for Robotics degree programs.