Reasons to study Intelligent Systems and Robotics at De Montfort University:
- Internationally recognised reputation
our internationally recognised Centre of Computational Intelligence (CCI) inputs into the course allowing you to understand the current research issues related to artificial intelligence
- Benefit from our Research Expertise
modules include work-based on research by our Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI) and focus on the use of fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, mobile robotics and biomedical informatics; providing theoretically sound solutions to real-world decision making and prediction problems
- Flexible study options
full-time, part time or distance learning study options available; making the course suitable for recent graduates and professionals in work
- Dedicated robotics laboratory
have access to our Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents Laboratory. The laboratory contains a variety of mobile robots ranging from the Lego Mindstorms and Pioneers to the Wheelbarrow robot for bomb disposal
- Employment Prospects
artificial Intelligence is a growing industry worldwide, employment opportunities exist in areas such as games development, control systems, software engineering, internet businesses, financial services, mobile communications, programming, and software engineering
Computational Intelligence (CI) encompasses the techniques and methods used to tackle problems that traditional approaches to computing struggle to solve. The four areas of fuzzy logic, neural networks, CI optimisation and knowledge-based systems encompass much of what is considered to be computational (or artificial) intelligence. There are opportunities to apply what you learn in areas such as robot control and games development, depending on your interests.
Modules include work based on research by the Centre of Computational Intelligence (CCI). With an established international reputation, its work focuses on the use of fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, mobile robotics and biomedical informatics, providing theoretically sound solutions to real-world decision making and prediction problems. Past students have published papers with their CCI project supervisors and gone on to PhD study.
Structure and assessment
- Computational Intelligence Research Methods details quantitative and qualitative approaches including laboratory evaluation, surveys, case studies and action research.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) Programming presents a logical programming approach. AI programming is a key skill and a necessary tool for problem solving in industry.
- Mobile Robots discusses the hardware and software architectures used to build mobile robot systems.
- Fuzzy Logic considers the various fuzzy paradigms that have become established as computational tools.
- Artificial Neural Networks appraises neural network computing from an engineering approach and the use of networks for cognitive modelling.
- Computational Intelligence Optimisation (CIO) is a subject that integrates artificial intelligence into algorithms for solving optimisation problems that could not be solved by exact methods. Thus, CIO is the subject that defines and designs metaheuristics, i.e general purpose algorithms. This makes CIO the subject that tackles optimisation problems in engineering, economics and applied science.
- Applied Computational Intelligence considers knowledge-based systems; the historical, philosophical and future implications of AI; then focuses on current research and applications in the area.
- Intelligent Mobile Robots covers sensing, representing, modelling of the environment, adaptive behaviour and social behaviour of robots.
- Individual Project provides the opportunity to demonstrate skills acquired from the course in a problem solving capacity. This typically involves the analysis, design and implementation of a computer system
Facilities and features
We have our own Advanced Mobile Robotics & Intelligent Agents Laboratory situated in Gateway House.
The Advanced Mobile Robotics & Intelligent Agents Laboratory contains a variety of mobile robots ranging from the Lego Mindstorm to the Wheelbarrow robot for bomb disposal.
This facility provides excellent resources for teaching and research.
Mobile Robotics is taught as an option at undergraduate level as well as on the Artificial Intelligence with Robotics BSc programme. On the Intelligent Systems and Robotics MSc programme students will be exposed to the more advanced techniques.
The Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI) conducts research into use of computational intelligence techniques on mobile robots and encourages PhD applications in this field.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Graduates typically follow careers within robotics programming and research, games development, control systems, software engineering, internet businesses, financial services, mobile communications, programming, software engineering and many more. Opportunities also exist for further academic study toward a PhD and a career in research.