Pioneer Scots' robotic future

May 12, 2000

The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen believes it will produce sought-after graduates with a pioneering course in artificial intelligence.

In September, the first students will begin a four-year BSc honours degree in artificial intelligence and robotics, aimed at designing thinking machines.

Norman Deans, head of RGU's school of electronic and electrical engineering, claimed: "This course is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom." He added that artificial intelligence and robotics would be integrated with traditional electronics, information technology and mechanical systems.

Students will also be able to study management subjects and telecommunications. Possible jobs for the graduates include designing and developing intelligent electronic and computing systems and artificial brains.

Course leader Chris MacLeod said: "The science of intelligent machines is the emerging technology of the 21st century.

"Applications of this exciting new technology will include robots that operate in environments unsuitable for humans, such as deep-sea or space exploration, and other applications closer to home, such as intelligent vacuum cleaners and realistic controllable limbs for amputees."

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