Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

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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 is leading in 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.

We produce ‘innovation ready’ postgraduates equipped through technical preparation, and cohort-wide training and research 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. 

We create and lead the UK’s robotics innovation pipeline for jobs and growth.

We are delighted to be hosting the third annual Robotics CDT student conference in Edinburgh on 3rd - 4th June 2019.

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Information about the application process for 2019 will be provided as soon as possible.  Please check back here for updates.

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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 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 in the UK with additional training in creativity, ethics and enterprise skills.

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