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Learning from good drivers

How will autonomous vehicles drive on the roads of today? How can we ensure that they will drive safely alongside humans? Automated technology in cars could help to prevent accidents …

Symbolic planning

In many cases, robots will need to move in an environment in order to execute a task. How well they perform this task, however, can strongly depend on the route …

How can robots make responsible decisions?

Before acting, robots need to plan and make decisions, which is a key part of cognition. But how do robots plan actions that will achieve their goals, whilst guaranteeing the …

Processing sensor data

Autonomous systems need to process large volumes of data which can arrive from multiple, diverse sensors such as RADAR, LIDAR and cameras. In this video, Dr Lyudmila Mihaylova explains how …

Responding to a changing environment

As well as being able to sense their environment, autonomous robots need to be able to react to it. In this video, Dr Owen McAree explains the importance of designing …

How do drones sense the world?

In this video, we join Dr Jonathan Aitken and Dr Owen McAree in their Sheffield Airport hangar to find out how they have designed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – …

The principles of sensing

Sensing is one of the key pillars of robotics, leading to perception of the world, then cognition and action. Robots use sensors to acquire data. But how do they do …

Building robots for the future

Robots have been around now for many years, especially in factories. But we have yet to see robots integrate into wider society, such as homes, hospitals and schools. This raises …

What makes a robot a robot?

Most people are familiar with the idea of a robot. But what makes a robot a robot, and not just another machine? In this step, we define some of the …

Programming skills for robotics

Programming is a key skill to develop for working in robotics. In this step, we’ll introduce programming, the important languages, and how you can get started with tools like Arduino …

Thanks and acknowledgements

Congratulations, you have now reached the end of Building a Future With Robots. If you have enjoyed the course, please do leave us a review on Class Central. This helps …

Robotics in your career

Who might be working with robots in the future? Could the study of robotic systems be the key to unlocking your future career? In this video, academics and students from …

Ensuring a safe robotic future

How will living with robots change our lives and the future of humanity in the 21st century? This step examines the rise of consumer robotics and the ethical challenges of …