RADS – Robotics, Autonomous & Dynamical Systems
The RADS Thrust Area is organized based on very strong core competencies in dynamic systems and control, supplemented by knowledge of an array of topics, including robotics, mechatronics, automotive engineering, energy harvesting, and autonomous systems. It offers deeper understanding of modeling, estimation and control of dynamical systems to STEM majors and other students with an interest in engineering, science and technology.
It will teach the students to create systems that automate manufacturing, transportation and health care; and can learn, adapt, make decisions, identify, estimate, and control systems while partially harvesting the energy it needs to function.
Applications such as those in robotics and autonomous systems which represent key areas of scientific and engineering endeavor now and in the future, will have immense societal impact, pervading all areas of society including medicine, transport, and manufacturing.
With several state-of-the-art research centers and laboratories, the cross- and multi-disciplinary re-search between faculty and students of the RADS Thrust Area and other mechanical engineering thrust areas has positively impacted the industry and helped students practice a hands-on minds-on approach. It is our intent to further this tradition by developing and expanding these inter- and multi-disciplinary areas, and pursuing knowledge through goal-oriented research. In this way mechanical engineering serves not only as an educator but also as a regional economic engine.