Control, robotics, and mechatronics are interdisciplinary areas that have their own identity, and they also often form cohesive interdisciplinary collaborations. Control engineering is the engineering discipline that focuses on mathematical modeling of systems of a diverse nature, analyzing their dynamic behavior, and using control theory to create a controller that will cause the systems to behave in a desired manner. Robotics is the science and technology of robots, and their design, manufacture, and application. Robotics Engineers also study electronics, mechanics and software. Mechatronics (or Mechanical and Electronics Engineering) is the combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer engineering to solve problems at the systems level. This interdisciplinary engineering field studies automata from an engineering perspective with the purposes of controlling advanced hybrid systems.
Many research labs and centers at NCSU/ECE have projects related to control, robotics, and mechatronics areas. Check out the links to the Advanced Diagnosis, Automation, and Control (ADAC) Lab, Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC), Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (CRIM), and Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM).