Robotics and Intelligent Transportation Systems
The robotics and intelligent transportation curriculum includes courses created to build a common knowledge base of the following: signal and system, signal processing, control, computer architecture, communication, dynamics systems, etc. The area prepares students to engage in the design, development, and application of industrial robots for the manufacturing industry and for intelligent transportation systems, including autonomous vehicles and modern highway systems for future transportation. Through taking related courses and conducting research with faculty members, engineering students learn and master specific skills related to the two technologies.
Because both the robotics and intelligent transportation fields are in high demand in the United States and worldwide, concentrating on those two fields in conjunction will enhance employment opportunities upon graduation. Ohio State remains at the forefront of this technology, with the added boost of assisting the City of Columbus, which landed the coveted US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge in 2016. Funding from the initiative will turn Columbus into the nation's first city to fully-integrate self-driving electric vehicles, smart grids, smart streetlights and collision avoidance sensors as part of its transportation system.
Furthermore, various large companies in the United States, such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Uber, and GM, are actively conducting research of autonomous vehicles and robots. Students in this concentration will have a vast array of opportunities to participate in advanced research.