Physical systems may be engineered to operate automatically. Examples from our daily lives include: temperature control systems in homes; elevator control systems at work; and automotive control systems such as traction control, braking control, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping control. All these systems combine sensing, computation, and actuation in feedback loops to achieve stable behavior and provide high performance. The Robotics and Autonomous Systems thread prepares students to apply this basic concept in diverse areas—such as space, air and ground vehicles, and robots of various types—to safely automate tasks, or work in hazardous and hostile environments, without human input.

Sample of related career paths:

  • Industrial robots (Amazon Robotics, Boston Dynamics, KUKA, Yaskawa, FANUC, Universal)
  • Medical robots (Intuitive Surgical, Stryker, Accuray, Medtronic)
  • Assistive robots (Kinova, Ekso Bionics, iRobot)
  • Autonomous vehicles (Tesla, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Waymo, Argo AI, Aptiv)
  • Automation (Siemens, ABB, Emerson, Rockwell, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Omron)
  • Aerospace industry (SpaceX, NASA, Aerospace Corp, Boeing, Airbus, General Electric)
  • Defense industry (Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics)
  • Microcontroller industry (Texas Instruments, NXP, Renesas, Microchip, Infineon)
  • Research labs (SWRI, GTRI, Battelle, SRI, MIT Lincoln Lab, NASA, DoE National Labs)
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
ECE 2026 - Intro Signal Processing (part of EE common core; must be added for CmpE) 3
Course Hours
ECE 3550 - Feedback Control Systems 3
ECE 4550 - Control System Design 4
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ECE 3084 - Signals and Systems 3
ECE 3251 - Optimization for Information Systems 3
ECE 4252 - Fundamentals of Machine Learning 3
ECE 4560 - Intro Automation&Robotic 4
ECE 4580 - Computer Vision 3
ECE 4570 - Modern System Theory 4
ECE 4575 -Numerical Methods of Optimization 3
Choose ECE 3000/4000 Elective
ECE 3000/4000 Elective 3