In the MSc Robotics program, you will acquire the expertise necessary for the development of future robotics systems. The program positions you at the forefront of the intersection between robotics and AI, with a primary focus on the creation of intelligent interactive robotic systems, as opposed to traditional "mindless" robots which can only perform repetitive tasks. This emphasis encompasses a wide array of applications, including self-driving vehicles, robots that learn from experience, human-robot interfaces, mobile manipulators and tactile technology, research on human comfort and acceptance, rehabilitation robotics, and agricultural robots, among others. By working with and learning from experts in the field, you will become proficient in researching, developing, implementing, and testing novel AI solutions that will be commonplace in future mechanical systems.
The MSc Robotics curriculum encompasses courses on a wide range of fundamental theories, techniques, and practical skills while also offering opportunities for specialization in your preferred areas. Given the inherently creative and interdisciplinary nature of robotics, this broad foundation will ensure your comprehensive understanding of all aspects of future smart robot development, enabling you to understand the impact of your work on the full robotic system, and facilitating effective communication with fellow team members. Through specialization, you will cultivate a distinct professional profile and acquire the profound knowledge necessary to address the ever-evolving challenges within the field of robotics.
The hosting department, Cognitive Robotics (CoR), envisions a future in which robotics engineers play a pivotal role in steering society towards greater reliance on robotics. This vision highlights the significance of our program's holistic approach, which places importance on technical expertise, but also on self-development and ethical awareness. As the world rapidly changes, personal and leadership development becomes increasingly vital, enabling students to assume control of their professional decisions and cultivate critical thinking skills across diverse cultural and societal contexts.
Information concerning the introduction program will be sent 2-3 weeks before the academic year starts.
The first week of September there is a compulsory introduction program for new students and February starters. During this week we introduce the curriculum, explain the organization and procedures. We also organize some nice activities and workshops.
The first year of the programme consists of nine obligatory courses for all Robotics students, with a total of 40 EC. The goal of these courses is to give all students a solid common background in Robotics. The courses are:
(1) Dynamics and Control
(2) Machine Learning
(3) Robot Software Practicals
(4) Machine Perception
(5) Planning and Decision Making
(6) Human-Robot Interaction
(7) Robots and Society
(8) Multidisciplinary Project*
(9) Vision and Reflection
A more detailed description of the curriculum can be found in the programme overview, and detailed course information is listed in the digital study guide.
During the second year, you first obtain 15 EC by either completing an internship, research assignment, or by following additional courses. Finally, under supervision of a staff member of the Cognitive Robotics (CoR) department, you will perform a literature study (10 EC) and complete your MSc thesis project (35 EC). The thesis project may be done at a company, if your CoR thesis supervisor approves the topic.
As a MSc student, you are expected to take the lead in arranging these projects yourself and approach the researchers in the Cognitive Robotics department that you would like to be your supervisor.