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Introducing Robotics: Robotics and Society

How do you feel about robots? Learn how robots are used today and explore how they might help solve the big issues of our time.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Introducing Robotics: Robotics and Society

This course is part of the Introducing Robotics program, which will enable you to gain the robotics skills that are needed today and in the future.

Discover how we use robots now and into the future.

Once only found in fiction, robots are being applied in an increasing array of ways in society, from mechanisation of industrial tasks to exploring places humans can’t go. This course starts with your perceptions of robotics, describes different types of robots, and leads into a discussion of the future: knowing we can use robots, should we? We then use case studies to show how robotics is being applied to help solve key issues facing society today: food production, aging populations, transport, and environmental change.

Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsWhen I say robotics, what is it that you imagine? Do you picture your favourite robots from fiction? There are many, many depictions of robots in fiction. There are robots in books, in TV series and in the movies. But robots today are a very real technology and a very, very useful technology. There are an increasing number of applications of robots in our society. Robots build things for us, they help us explore and monitor our world, and they can even heal us. Robotics is a an important technology. It's an important technology today, and it will be more important in the future. My name's Professor Peter Corke. Please join me as we explore the role of robots in our society.

What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of robotics as a field
  • How ideas and attitudes towards robots have formed from fiction
  • Defining a real robot
  • How different types of robots are being applied today
  • Ethical, privacy and safety considerations of using robotics
  • Predicting the role of robots in future work
  • How robotics might be applied to help solve society’s big challenges: food production, ageing populations, transport and environmental change

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...

  • Explain what robots are and what they can do
  • Discuss the ethical considerations of using robots to help solve societal challenges
  • Reflect on the future role and development of robotics in human society

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in discovering how our society currently uses robots and how we might use them to solve big challenges in the future. You don’t need any robotics knowledge or experience to join in this course.

What software or tools do you need?

Everything you need to succeed in this course is provided. There is no specific equipment or software required.

Who will you learn with?

Peter Corke

Professor of Robotic Vision at QUT and Director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV). Peter is also an IEEE fellow and on the editorial board of several robotics research journals.

James Sergeant

PhD Candidate with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision researching towards robust visual object recognition to facilitate useful robotic tasks.

Edward Pepperell

Dr Pepperell completed his PhD in robotic vision at QUT in 2016, with a research focus in vision-based place recognition.

Obadiah Lam

Hello! I'm Obadiah, a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology. I've taught robotics and control engineering courses and MOOCs, and have worked as a robotic vision researcher at QUT.

Who developed the course?

QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide by the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts 47,000 students.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.