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Heriot-Watt University is recognised as an international leader in Robotics and its subdiscipline of Human-Robot Interaction. This research area exists within the broad domain of Artificial Intelligence and has been identified as one of the fastest growing areas for the UK.
The leading demand within the robotics market is for consumer and office robots, which has been growing at 17% between 2014 and now; seven times faster than the market for manufacturing robots. As far as technological trends are concerned, companies will, in the near future, be concentrating on the collaboration of human and machine, simplified applications, and light-weight robots. Added to this are demands for two-armed robots, mobile solutions and the integration of robots into existing environments.
With this market growth in mind Heriot-Watt University has designed a new MSc programme to educate graduates in the discipline of engineering robots that can assist human beings while having their behaviour controlled and shaped by interaction with human beings.