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Future of Robots in the Workplace - Research & Development

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

FORW-RD traineeship program: Graduate students both MS and PhD in disciplines ranging from mechanical engineering, robotics engineering, computer science, materials science, and user experience design (business) interested in attaining diverse skills needed to navigate opportunities and challenges to shape, guide, and lead the transition to a robot-assisted workplace.

Led by a team of Principal Investigators (PI) from Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science, Business School, Social Sciences and Humanities, the FORW-RD program focuses on the adoption of robotic interfaces and assistants in the workplace. We plan to train a total of 120 MS- and PhD-level students over 5 years, including awards of 30 one-year NRT training stipends to PhD–level trainees. We aim to recruit and retain a diverse group of trainees.

Participating Institution(s):
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Computational Sciences
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Information Sciences
Management Information Systems
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Digital Signal Processing
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Technology
Machine Vision & Learning
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Product Engineering
Remote Sensing
Sensor Applications
Workforce Development

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/29/2024
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