MAE introduces robotics and autonomous systems minor to undergraduate program
Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) encompasses transformative technologies for several key fields including healthcare, manufacturing and public safety. Recent advancements in computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning have led to an increased interest in the RAS field.
Goals of the RAS minor program include exposing students to robotics and autonomous systems engineering subjects ranging from design, analysis, control, interaction and operation. The minor will also equip students with an understanding of the robotics engineering fundamentals and basic research skills needed to succeed in R&D for the automation, healthcare and manufacturing industries.
In addition, the RAS minor aims to promote student interest in a career path in automation, manufacturing and healthcare in which robotic and autonomous technologies play a central role; and to produce a high-quality work force that is essential to revitalize manufacturing in the United States.
“While RAS programs are not new, resurgence of RAS has been fueled by recent advances in fast, mobile, computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning,” said robotics and autonomous systems program coordinator Haijun Su.
The new MAE minor program will add Ohio State to a growing list of engineering schools offering programs in the field.
“There are RAS undergraduate minor programs nationwide offered by a handful engineering schools,” said Su. “These emerging RAS undergraduate minor programs directly respond to the recent call for revitalizing manufacturing sectors and regaining leadership of the U.S. in the RAS area.”
The courses offered as part of the RAS minor were selected to teach students in MAE and other disciplines basic skills in the research and development of robotics and autonomous systems. The program also aims to give students an understanding of how robotics and autonomous systems can be applied to a variety of fields ranging from manufacturing, to healthcare and automation.
The courses are taught by faculty members who have experience and expertise in the RAS field. And in addition to the specialty courses offered in the minor, students have the opportunity to take research credit by working closely with faculty members on projects relevant to RAS.
To complete the minor, students take ECE/ME 5463, introduction to real time robotics systems, and at least three credit hours from the list of program approved courses. The remaining six credit hours can be fulfilled by minor approved courses or by participating in a research project relevant to the minor.