It's not science fiction – robotics researchers at U-M ECE have produced some uncanny walking, crawling, and rolling creations that move more independently and nimbly by the day. Robotics and autonomy are key technologies of the future. The technology can automate labor, enhance search and rescue operations, develop lifelike prosthetics, explore the unknown reaches of space, and enable driverless vehicles.

ECE-trained engineers work on bipedal robots that can navigate tricky spaces meant for humans, or robots that build themselves for remote deployment, and cyber-physical systems to keep autonomous vehicles, aircraft, etc., safe. They develop advanced control algorithms that help robots adapt to their environments, and vision algorithms that help machines analyze images or search through data more effectively. They also work on robots that interact with people, and make them safe and useful for the public.

MARLO Wave Field
MARLO finally got her shot at The Wave Field, a goal for the bipedal robot since she could first walk. For now, Jessy and his graduate students are only attempting the easiest routes, between the grassy two- to three-foot moguls, over smaller undulations that Grizzle calls merely very difficult.

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MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms
MARLO, a free-standing bipedal robot, can walk down steep slopes, through a thin layer of snow, and over uneven ground.
A Tool for Advancing Progress in Computer Vision
Computer vision researchers use huge databases to help their programs learn. This initiative puts these databases in one place.

Hands-On Robotics introduces students to the field of robotics and has them solve open-ended problems. The course covers concepts from kinematics, to control, to programming.

ECE Welcomes New Engineering Robotics Center
A $54M robotics center is coming to U-M, offering state-of-the-art facilities in a brand-new, 3-story, 100,000 square foot building.

ECE researchers are analyzing the reflexes of cockroaches to aid in developing steadier robots. This could help improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.

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