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Building a Future with Robots

Explore the role of robots and autonomous systems in the factories, homes, hospitals, schools and cars of our near future

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
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Building a Future with Robots

Explore the future of robotics in factories, homes, hospitals, schools and cars

In the near future, many of us will work alongside robots. Knowledge of robotics and autonomous systems will be a helpful skill for a surprising number of today’s careers.

On this course, we’ll look at current and future developments in the field of robotics that could shape many different aspects of our daily lives. We’ll build up a picture of the principles and the fundamental challenges of robotic design, and demonstrate how research here at The University of Sheffield is working to overcome some of these challenges.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds[A woman strokes toy-like robot animals] [The robot animals respond to the woman's touch] [CAPTION:] 'Will I help you feel better?' [CAPTION:] 'Will I help you learn?' [A surgeon directs robotic arms to perform an operation] [CAPTION:] 'Will I save your life?'

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds[A technician operates a robotic arm lifting objects in a laboratory] [CAPTION:] 'Will I work beside you?' [CAPTION:] 'Will I help you move things?' [A small remote controlled drone flies inside a warehouse] [CAPTION:] 'Will I find you if you're lost?' [A large number of small robot units activate and move together] [CAPTION:] 'Will we repair the oceans?'

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When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the main challenges of working with autonomous systems and the ways in which we might meet these challenges
  • Explore some basic principles of robotic design
  • Apply knowledge of where developments in robotics are heading and their potential effect on our future
  • Explain existing and potential real-life robotic applications

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone with an interest in robotics. It will be of particular interest to engineers, designers, technicians and enthusiasts who are keen to explore the role of robots in our economic and industrial future.

Who will you learn with?

Sandor Veres

Sandor M Veres is professor of Autonomous Control Systems at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Who developed the course?

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £39.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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