The Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary effort to bring together the many disciplines that contribute to robotics. In pursuing a degree in robotics, you will accelerate advances in robotics research while collaborating with our community of roboticists to create smart machines that serve society.

Robotics is the design, creation, analysis, and use of embodied computational systems that interact with the physical and human environment. The study of robotics draws on many fields, including: computer science; mechanical engineering; artificial intelligence; computer vision; electrical engineering; control systems; human-robot/computer interaction and biomedical engineering. The institute integrates knowledge from these fields for applications to robotics.

U-M Robotics currently offers Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, while piloting undergraduate courses. Both graduate programs share a common set of course requirements. Ph.D. students must additionally complete a set of qualifying exams to become Ph.D. candidates, and then complete a thesis.

This program has three main core technical areas.

  • Sensing of the environment, external agents, and internal body information to determine state information
  • Reasoning with that information to make decisions for guidance, control, and localization
  • Acting upon the body and environment to produce motion or other outputs that enable the robot to locomote or interact with the environment. 

Each of these areas may be considered a subplan for coursework and research study. 

The goal of Robotics is to train students to be independent researchers, engineers, and future leaders who practice our values in robotics research, academia, industry and government.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The University Registrar publishes  the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.