Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
Robots that can learn, adapt and take decisions will revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. They will work for us, beside us, assist us and interact with us. It is estimated that by 2025 such advanced robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) could have a worldwide economic impact of $1.7 trillion to $4.5 trillion annually, with an emerging market value €15.5Billion.
The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics aims to help the UK realise its industrial potential in this revolution, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a leading role, technically skilled, industry and market aware, and prepared to create and lead the UK’s innovation pipeline for jobs and growth.
We produce ‘innovation ready’ postgraduates equipped through technical preparation, and cohort-wide training with scientific, creative, ethical and enterprise skills, in programmes supported by User partners operating in RAS crucial market sectors including oil and gas, defence, renewable energy, healthcare, assisted living, transport, space, automotive, manufacturing, nuclear, digital media and education.
The Centre harnesses the potential of 30 world leading investigators from 12 cross disciplinary research groups and Institutes across the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences and The Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University and the Schools of Informatics and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
Our research focuses on the interactions amongst robots, people, environments and autonomous systems, designed and integrated for different applications, scales and modalities. We aim to apply fundamental theoretical methods to real-world problems on real robots solving pressing commercial and societal needs.
The Centre offers a 4 year PhD programme through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. An individually tailored MRes course and project portfolio provides a strong general grounding in current theory, methods and applications, followed by three years of specialised PhD research with additional training in creativity, ethics and enterprise skills.