Robotics Essentials

Designing and building robotic systems.

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Key Takeaways

  • Learn key concepts of robotic systems and human-robot interaction (HRI)

  • Determine how robotic automation is suitable for specific work tasks

  • Identify basic robotic subsystems and recognize how these subsystems work together to influence the function of greater robotic systems

  • Evaluate how automated technologies can be implemented and determine what barriers exist to prevent such implementation

  • Explore robotic systems and architecture

  • Identify the basics of sensing and control in robotic applications

  • Solve queries and strengthen your knowledge through live AMA sessions with faculty

Program Highlights


Earn a certificate and 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT xPRO


Career-ready skills to position you in a growing market


Workbook to help you apply your learnings


Live faculty sessions


Technical workshops

Program Topics

Who Is This Program For?

The Robotics Essentials online program provides learners with knowledge and resources to identify basic robotic subsystems, evaluate human-robot interactions, and analyze challenges to the implementation of robotic systems. This program is an ideal launchpad for those who want to chart a path forward in full stack robotics, including:

Engineers looking to gain an end-to-end understanding of robotics and automation to expand their career opportunities.

Product Managers who want to learn the fundamentals of robotics to inform their product development decisions and offer more integrated solutions. Representative roles include:

Consultants looking to understand the range of robotic applications and stay up to date on cutting-edge robotic systems and subsystems. Representative roles include:

Professionals in robotics and related industries, including operations, technology, and business executives who need to understand how robotic applications can give their firm a competitive edge.

Program Faculty

JULIE SHAH-faculty

Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, leads Interactive Robotics Group in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Julie Shah is Associate Dean of Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing at MIT, a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Director of the Interactive Robotics ...


Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Class of 1957 Career Development Professor

Alberto Rodriguez is the Class of 1957 Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. Alberto graduated in mathematics ('05) and telecommunication engine...



Get recognized! Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a certificate of completion to participants and 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 75% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you, at no additional cost, in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of MIT.


Financing Options

Climb Credit*

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*Applicable for US Residents

Flexible Payment Options For All

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