Best robotics courses to pursue after school

Most robotics courses in India at premier institutes are offered at the postgraduate level.

According to Allied Market Research, the global robotics technology market size was valued at USD 62.75 billion in 2019, and is expeced to reach USD 189.36 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 13.5 percent. To meet the growing demand for robotics professionals, institutes worldwide are offering specialised courses. But in India, most of the full time courses in robotics are offered at the postgraduate level ( as robotics requires knowledge of several disciplines). Below, we have put together a list of both graduate and post graduate courses in robotics.

IIT Madras

The Interdisciplinary Dual Degree programme in robotics at IIT Madras focuses on building professionals who can contribute in the design, development, and implementation of robotic systems. The course teaches basic robotic technologies used across various applications, kinematics, dynamics, and control of Industrial and field/service robots, application of AI, neural networks and reinforcement learning in robotics, design of robotic systems for new applications etc. 

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Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering are offering the Dual Degree programme.

The program is open to a B. Tech student or a Dual Degree student of IIT Madras in any discipline except biosciences. The student should have a CGPA of 8.0 or above up to 5th semester.

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Robotics Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz

This course covers the principles and practices of robotics and control along with the scientific and mathematical principles upon which they are built. The course serves as a solid foundation for higher studies and also make the students job-ready.

It is recommended that high school students applying to the BSOE have completed four years of mathematics and three years of science in high school, if possible one year each of chemistry, physics, and biology.

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Colorado School of Mines

  • Computer science and robotics and intelligent systems: The students can major in computer science (CS) and choose a focus area of CS + Robotics and Intelligent Systems. The students will also take courses from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The course wil help students to understand “how to bring life to systems and give machines the ability to operate autonomously”. 
  • Mechanical engineering-robotics, automation and design: Students majoring in mechanical engineering can choose robotics courses as electives. Here, the students will learn the basic mechanisms, modeling, control, and design of robotic systems.
  • Bachelors of science in engineering-robotics and automation focus area: For the bachelor of science in engineering, students can choose from diffrent focus areas including iRobotics and Automation. 

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Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering-The University of Sheffield

The three-year course will teach engineering skills in areas like mechatronics and robotics such as mechanical design, electronics, computing, intelligent systems and control.

In the first year, the students will be exposed to foundational knowledge in areas such as mathematics, computing, control, electronics and embedded systems. They will learn how to control robotic systems and will work in a team to design, analyse and test robots, autonomous vehicles and other electro-mechanical systems.

The topics covered in the second year inlcude advanced control theory, programming (C++), mechanical design, intelligent systems etc. The students will apply these skills to design a system using 3D CAD tools. Students will get to build this system in the University’s iForge makerspace. 

In the final year, students will opt for specialist modules that cover robotics and artificial intelligence (machine learning), digital signal processing and rapid control prototyping. Students will also work on an individual project.

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Mechatronics and Robotics-Heilbronn University

In this course, students will learn the functionality of modern mechatronic and robotic systems. The programme will focus on components of modern mechatronic systems such as IT,  the mechanical structure, communication technology and human-machine interfaces.

The students will learn the basics of mathematics, computer science, physics, electrical and mechancial engineering. The students will have the option to specialise as per their preferences and should work on a Bachelor’s thesis by collaborating with industry.

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Sreejani Bhattacharyya
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