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.
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.