Explore the everyday roles robots will play in the future, from job automation and medical science to our homes and cars.
Discover how robots will change every aspect of our lives in the future
Robots and autonomous systems are set to change our lives in the not-too-distant future; from travel (self-driving cars), to work (job automation), to medicine (biomedical robots), and even domestic life (household robots).
On this course, we’ll look at current and future developments in the field of robotics. You’ll learn how robots sense the world around them, how robotics takes inspiration from nature, and how robots will work with humans.
You’ll build up a picture of the principles and the fundamental challenges of robotic design, and demonstrate how research is working to overcome these.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Describe the main challenges of working with autonomous systems and the ways in which we might meet these challenges.
- Explore some basic principles of robotic design.
- Apply knowledge of where developments in robotics are heading and their potential effect on our future.
- Explain existing and potential real-life robotic applications.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about the role that will be played by robots in the future.
It will be of particular interest to aspiring mechanical, automotive, and robotics engineers, product designers, technicians, and enthusiasts who are keen to explore the role of robots in our everyday, economic, and industrial futures.
Who will you learn with?
Sandor M Veres is professor of Autonomous Control Systems at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
Who developed the course?
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.
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