UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Dependable and Deployable AI for Robotics (CDT-D2AIR)


As cutting-edge research in robotics and AI reaches the stage where widespread deployment is feasible, issues around safety, dependability and trustworthiness become ever more critical. Emerging applications need robotics to be certifiable, reliable, and capable of interacting safely with users and their environments. While AI methods are finding increasing adoption within robotics, much of this technology was not originally designed with safety and other important human-centred requirements in mind.

The UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training in Dependable and Deployable Artificial Intelligence for Robotics (CDT-D2AIR) will train students in the latest methods in AI, verification, design, and robotics, while also ensuring that students have the technical skills to develop and deploy safe robotic systems. CDT-D2AIR's innovative 4-year PhD programme combines training in state-of-the-art robotics, machine learning, optimisation, and software engineering, with verification and testing. Situated in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics as a joint degree between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, the programme will be conducted within the context of training in emerging legal standards and regulations, sustainability, ethics, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusiveness (EDI), all through engaging learning activities, to create a new generation of graduates working on dependable and deployable AI for robotics.

How to Apply

We will be updating this section with information about the application process for the September 2024 cohort of CDT-D2AIR in the near future.

Please note that we are no longer accepting submissions for our previous Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS).

Contact Information

If you have any questions about CDT-D2AIR, please e-mail the CDT Director, Professor Ron Petrick, at