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Heriot-Watt University: Robotics

Institution Heriot-Watt University View institution profile
Department Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Telephone 0131 451 3729
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The MSc Robotics at Heriot-Watt will provide the students with training in core elements of modern robotics and autonomous systems. This one year postgraduate masters degree in Robotics will equip students to work in industry in areas where robots can be used to improve productivity, transform transportation, work in extreme environments and improve the quality of life.

The students on the MSc Robotics will: • be introduced to core robotics techniques, from basic kinematics to robot control, robot navigation, robot planning and human-robot interactions • receive an extensive training in robot programming (especially ROS) and practical implementation of solutions on real robots • apply their skills in various applications through project work, involving systems such as autonomous robots (cars, subsea vehicles), humanoid robots, advanced manipulators for compliant control and novel robot designs • obtain access to staff from leading research groups to mentor their development and guide their research projects Within this programme, students will be offered a degree of flexibility in the options that they study, allowing them to specialise in specific domains of application.

Why Study Robotics? Robotics and AI are seen as key technologies for the future and the subject of massive commercial investment. Apple, Google, Uber, Amazon and Facebook all have major ongoing research programs in robotics. In the UK, Dyson, 5AI and a plethora of SMEs and start-ups are trying to grasp the huge market opportunity that is foreseen. Predictions of the worldwide economic impact of Robotics and Autonomous Systems range from US$1.7 trillion to US$4.5 trillion by 2025.

Why Study MSc Robotics at Heriot-Watt University? Heriot-Watt is fast developing as a centre of excellence in Robotics. We have recently secured large equipment grants, a centre for doctoral training in robotics and autonomous systems. Plans are in place to build the National Robotarium, a new place for interactions between research and teaching where the upskilling of existing workforce and the provision of new graduates in the field of robotics and AI will be prominent. The multimillion pound hub, to be built at Heriot-Watt University in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, will be the UK’s leading innovation hub for robotics and autonomous systems, delivering leading-edge research and support for business creation and growth, as well as data skills.


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