Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute

To create a better future...
we design and build intelligent robots to improve human lives.

The robotics revolution has begun, and there’s no turning back. Robots touch every corner of modern life. They’ve changed the faces of business, engineering, communications, transportation, agriculture, medicine, and national defense. Robots have tipped the world’s economic balance by profoundly reshaping entire industries while generating entirely new ones. As robotic technology continues to advance, the possibilities seem boundless. But such rapid, relentless change also presents many challenges. How should society prepare for a future so full of uncertainty, promise, and risk? What can we do to harness the power of robotics to serve humanity best? Complex questions like these gave rise to the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute (CoRIS) at Oregon State University, and the search for answers will fuel its mission for years to come.

Faculty working on a robot.
A picture of a tiny, programmable Cozmo robot.
Members of Team Explorer rally behind their banner at the final round of competition, held in September in Louisville
A picture of John Morrow presenting his research to a small audience.

Why Oregon State can do it best

Oregon State University is uniquely positioned to serve as the home of the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute (CoRIS). Our robotics program is recognized as one of the country’s best, where more than 25 faculty and 180 graduate students are engaged in cutting-edge robotics research and developing applications. They explore robotics and intelligent systems holistically, considering the technology's impacts on people and its potential for robots to shape the future. Our energetic, visionary cadre of robotics and AI faculty are unencumbered by convention or entrenched thinking, freeing them to imagine the technical, social, ethical, and economic implications of robotics without constraint. And Oregon State’s collaborative culture encourages interdisciplinary research and innovation. Our early success, strong research reputation, and critical degree-granting programs cement the university’s place as a national leader in robotics and AI. CoRIS is pulling together all of these key pieces to meaningfully impact the nation and the world.



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