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The Core of Robotics

What is the core of Robotics as a discipline?

You could argue that robotics is an engineering discipline, because we work on the design, building and use of robots.

You could also argue that robotics ought to be more a science than an engineering discipline alone, since we provide new kinds of tools and models for other disciplines in much the same way mathematics does (with the admittedly large difference that our tools exist as physical objects).

Or you could argue that mathematics and robotics lie on either side of engineering, with mathematics providing the inputs to engineering and science and robotics coming out the other end as the ultimate synthesis of engineering and scientific fields.