Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

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Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR)

Robots that can learn, adapt and take decisions will revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. At the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR), we work on various research areas in the field of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), with a focus on safety and safe interaction between robots, people and their environments.

Researchers and students in the ECR are leading the UK effort to realise its industrial potential in this revolution, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a central role through technical skill coupled to industry and market awareness. Our graduates are innovation-ready, equipped through cohort-wide training to conduct world-leading responsible research with effective scientific, creative, ethical and enterprise skills. Our PhD programmes closely align with our industrial project partners, operating in a wide variety of RAS market sectors including renewable energy, oil and gas, healthcare, assisted living, construction, defence, transport, space, automotive, manufacturing, nuclear, digital media and education.


About Us

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. 

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Our Research

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.

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The ECR hosts a number of Centres for Doctoral Training in the area of robotics and autonomous systems. Our 4-year PhD programmes offer an individually tailored first year designed to provide a strong general grounding in current theory, methods and applications, while students concurrently define their specialised PhD research area with their supervisor.  The programme also includes additional training in responsible research and enterprise skills as well the opportunity for international placements. We will soon be accepting students in our new CDT in Dependable and Deployable AI for Robotics (CDT-D2AIR).

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