About the MIT Robotics Team
The MIT Robotics Team is a student run group of highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our diverse group, with majors ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Physics and Aeronautics to Business shares a common passion for the field of robotics.
The team’s purpose is to explore exciting new technology, learn critical skills, and promote the field of robotics through entering a variety of competitions. Unlike many other student teams, the Robotics Team is not formed around any one particular contest. Rather, the team prefers to continually evolve through finding exciting new opportunities for challenge.
The MIT Robotics Team was formed in Fall of 2013 after a small group of passionate students decided to write a proposal for entry into the NASA RASC-AL Robo-Ops competition. The team started off with just a small handful of members, but finished second in it’s debut competitive entry.
The following year the team re-entered in the Robo-Ops challenge and submitted its first entry to the NASA Centennial challenge.
In fall of 2015 RoboTeam shifted its course from space and beyond back to our home planet by exploring issues on land and sea. They modified the existing Centennial infrastructure into a networked urban search and rescue (USAR) robot system. Towards the end of the year they also dedicated efforts towards an autonomous boat project.
Now in our fourth year our team is as vibrant as ever. With experiences ranging from being rover competition finalists, to developing a state of the art communication system networking our multiple bots, to active work on rescue robots and community involvement events, the RoboTeam is no joke. Today, the team numbers approximately 40, composed of undergraduate and graduate members. For the 2016/2017 competitive season we are working on an entry for a rescue robot competition.