The Interdisciplinary Program for Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Autonomous systems are one of the major steps in the future of engineering. Autonomous systems are a fusion of machines with sensors, computers, and communication capabilities, which form an important part forefront of technology and affect all areas of engineering. The objective is to develop intelligent systems that can interact dynamically with the complexities of the real world and independently make their own decisions about how to act, even in groups, especially in unplanned, changing, or unexpected conditions.

Autonomous systems applications include performance-enhanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); swimming medical micro-robots, unmanned submarines, land-based, and space exploration, transportation and traffic control systems; communication networks; and a wealth of other implementations.

This Interdisciplinary Program includes faculty from Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine and Education in Science and Technology.

Admission requirements

Candidates fulfilling at least the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Graduate School enrollment requirements can apply to this program at the Master’s and PhD level. The candidate’s undergraduate grades should be at least those required by the prospective supervisor’s home faculty but not less than 85.

The admissions committee of the program will invite candidates, at its discretion, for a personal interview, and will determine the individual’s admission requirements. M.Sc. students will have to find an advisor and submit a short research proposal within one semester, for the graduate committee approval of the plan. Failure to comply will result in termination of the studies.

PhD and MSc international students will have to find an advisor and submit a short research proposal upon registration.

Degrees awarded

Master of Science (with a research /project thesis) in Autonomous Systems and Robotics – MSc Master of Engineering in Autonomous Systems and Robotics – ME Doctor of Philosophy – PhD.

Learning requirements

Four-year degree graduates in engineering taking the research / project route will be required to take courses for least 20 credits. Four-year degree graduates in engineering taking the non-thesis track will be required to earn 40 credits. Three-year degree in relevant scientific areas graduates will be required take 28 completion points. During that time their academic status will be “qualifying”.

There may be additional requirements for acceptance in accordance with the background of the candidate. Each student will have to take courses from List A, B and C, of which at least 3 courses from List A (or a total of 8 credits), and at least one course from list C. Taking other courses requires the advisor’s approval in advance.

Research proposal for MSc

The research proposal will be approved by the admission committee of the program, after the advisor’s approval.

Studies for Ph.D.

Students are required to study at least 9 credits to be determined in accordance with the recommendation of the supervisor and the student’s background, and approved by the Committee of the program.

List of courses

For further information

The Technion Autonomous Systems Program and Robotics – 077-887-3197, Email.