Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence (M.Sc.)

The Master's in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence is a cutting-edge program that combines the disciplines of engineering and cognitive science. Robots and cognitive systems are complex instruments that operate interactively between their surroundings and human beings. For a number of years, computer scientists have been incorporating findings from cognitive science in the design and construction of robots and cognitive systems. The challenge for the future is to design systems that can perform tasks in a flexible way, adapt to user’s needs, are affordable, and are easy to instruct.

This program aims not only to provide students with the necessary basic knowledge of all underlying scientific areas, but also to train them in the practical design of systems using a variety of real technical platforms. This program is unique in Germany, and graduates with these skills are sought after in a variety of industry sectors including aerospace, microelectronics, and consumer electronics. There is a severe shortage of computer experts with the necessary specialist knowledge in this field, and long-term employment prospects are very promising. The program also provides a sound foundation for further studies at the Ph.D. level.

Program Overview

There is a strong trend towards the convergence of three areas of science and engineering that have different origins and have traditionally been taught as different subjects. These are robotics, computer vision/sensor fusion, and the cognitive sciences. As we move towards increasingly complex technical systems that combine mobility with perception, reasoning, and action generation, engineers will need a thorough interdisciplinary understanding of the basics of all these fields, along with a sound grasp of their interrelation and application. It is this expertise that the Master’s in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence aims to provide.

The Master’s in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence is taught in English and German over four semesters and consists of modules that form the theoretical and methodical basis for in-depth practical training. You will complete compulsory modules in the three areas of robotics, cognition, and intelligent autonomous systems, all of which build on the knowledge acquired in your bachelor's program. You will also study aspects of informatics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. In addition to the compulsory modules, you will take an elective module, an advanced seminar, a mandatory internship, and professional practical training.

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Students should generally hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, or a related subject. However, highly motivated students with other  similar backgrounds (e.g. Embedded Systems or Systems Engineering) are also eligible to apply. Applicants should have good language skills in German and English.