Sep 19th 2016

Building a Future with Robots (FutureLearn)

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Explore the role of robots and autonomous systems in the factories, homes, hospitals, schools or cars of our near future. In 2014, robot sales increased by 29%, the highest level ever recorded for one year. The global market for robotic systems in 2014 was worth over $35 billion. The development of these robots seeks to solve some of our most pressing human problems – they won’t turn us into Iron Man, but they will help us to perform critical, everyday tasks that we otherwise could not.

Prepare to work alongside robots and autonomous systems

In the near future, more of us will be working alongside robots, so knowledge of autonomous systems and robotics will be a helpful skill for a surprising number of today’s careers.

On this free online course, we’ll present some of the major challenges that working with autonomous systems creates, to help you understand how researchers design robotic systems, how these connect to other fields of study, and the potential role of robotics in our everyday future.

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

We’ll have behind-the-scenes access to some of the most innovative research at Sheffield Robotics as experts demonstrate different robotic solutions for some of the world’s most pressing needs.

We’ll take a look forward into what factories of the future will look like, how we might use robots to help care for an aging population, how robots might be used in classrooms, how driverless cars will change the way we travel and much more.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- Analyse the main challenges of working with autonomous systems and the ways in which we might meet these challenges

- Understand 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

Understanding both the current and future developments in robotics and how and where they are being applied will help us to be able to think about our part in a robotics revolution.