Autonomous Systems Research

The course “Autonomous Systems Research” will be required of all CDT students. It is a 30 point course offered in the autumn at Heriot Watt university. It will be open only to students on MSc by Research in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. The goals of this course are threefold:

  • to give students a broad overview of the current research landscape in robotics and autonomous system,
  • to give students an appreciation for practical robotics research mainly in industry and
  • teach students to plan research projects.

The main component of the course consist of guest lectures by potential PhD supervisors in the CDT and presentations from the industrial partners. Each will give an overview of the research landscape in their area, including research currently being done in their group. In some cases, rather than a seminar, this may take the form of a day-visit to company premises. In this innovative module, students will pick a technology theme (from amongst the six in the Centre themes), and write a a series of (mock) project proposals on the state of the art in current research. Assessment will be based on a portfolio with both written and oral presentation. The feedback process following the project proposals, will expose students to discussion with potential PhD supervisors.