WPI robotics engineering students are like all WPI students—they are looking to the future, to the problems and challenges that need to be addressed years from now, and how solutions to those problems will impact lives. They will be working on not only what robotics engineering means today, but what it looks like on the horizon—cyber physical systems, and whatever evolves in this area of engineering from there. In order for WPI robotics engineering students to remain sought-after leaders in this burgeoning field, they require the state-of-the-art lab space to experiment, build, test, and collaborate on cutting-edge robotics technology.
The Robotics Lab in the Foisie Innovation Studio will combine teaching space, space for student project teams to work and collaborate with graduate students and faculty advisors, and demonstration space for robotics competitions between student project teams, for example. Movable partitions, workstations, whiteboards and audio/visual equipment will allow for a flexible, highly customizable space—in keeping with the design and use of the rest of the facility—to accommodate various kinds of robotics projects throughout the year.