Message from the Chair


From the Desk of the Program Chair

Welcome to the Robotics program at the University of California, Riverside's Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, an interdisciplinary program bringing together faculty expertise from the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The program is home to a Bachelor's of Science in Robotics Engineering and the University of California's first Master's of Science in Robotics, where students choose from one of four focus areas: Artificial Intelligence and Perception, Control and Navigation, Embedded Systems, and Mechanical Design.

About Robotics | Robotics deals with the design of machines that combine mechanical, electrical, and software components, controls to allow such machines to perform actions in a safe and effective way, and algorithms to transform such machines into intelligent devices capable of reasoning about the environment and making autonomous decisions about future operations.

Career Opportunities in Robotics | Robotics is an exciting, rapidly growing industry with career opportunities in multiple industrial sectors, including manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, transportation, public safety, environmental monitoring, agriculture, and national defense. In a 2022 trend report (link to report),, a subsidiary of the International Society of Automation, notes a “dramatic growth in robotics and artificial intelligence career opportunities” – with a 500 percent increase in open positions on employment site Robots.Jobs in the past 90 days. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2016 to 2026, computer and information science jobs will increase by 19 percent, and mechanical engineering jobs by nine percent. Many of these jobs require skills and training in robotics and artificial intelligence.

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World-Class Education | UC Riverside's Robotics program equips students with the interdisciplinary training to succeed in this lucrative industry; students learn about the various aspects of the design, construction, and deployment of robots and autonomous systems. Students explore the foundational principles underlying mechanical and electronic aspects of robot design, control and navigation of robots, and artificial intelligence, and have opportunities to apply the methods to practical projects of their choice in our state-of-the-art robotics facilities.



Research and Faculty Expertise | In the Robotics program, students work with faculty members who bring diverse expertise from the college's departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Our distinguished senior faculty are highly recognized by peers as fellows of professional societies while many junior faculty are recipients of esteemed early career awards.

Meet our robotics faculty 

Thank you for visiting Robotics at UC Riverside. I invite you to learn more about how to apply to our undergraduate program and graduate program.


Amit Roy-Chowdhury, Chair of the Robotics Program

Amit K Roy Chowdhury

Amit Roy-Chowdhury, Chair of the Robotics Program

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering


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