Robotics is being transformed: whereas previously automatized industrial robots were principally used in production processes, today they have entered into many areas of life. They have left the factories and now encounter people in their everyday lives.
Whereas previously, specialists had to service them, today this can be done by anyone: thus robots do the vacuum cleaning at home or mow the lawn. Further still, people and robots cooperate more and more closely, without any walls between them. Tomorrow, robots will be both part of everyday life and of the human body. After all, today, wearable robotic exoskeletons already help paralyzed people to walk. As the distinctions between humans and machines blur, robotics developers are faced with new challenges. Robots must be able to react autonomously to unforeseen situations and to adapt. It is impossible to foresee every interaction and every action in advance, and to program accordingly. Therefore, through the use of artificial intelligence, robots too have to be able to learn.
The “Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence” master’s program is a joint program of the Departments of Informatics, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology as well as Mechanical Engineering – it provides the basis upon which to participate in these fascinating developments.