The University of Sheffield, in partnership with FutureLearn, are launching a free online course that asks “how will robots transform our lives in the 21st Century?”

Learners on the course will be able to study how robots will play an increasing role in future society and industry, and how they will become an integral part of future smart homes, smart cities, and a smart world.

The course launches on 14 August and will run for three weeks. Learners can join at any time for free and will have
access to academic expertise and a host of robotic
demonstrations and expert opinions on a future with robots.

The course focuses on three main areas including:

  • Interpreting the Environment and Responsible Decision Making
  • Learning from Nature and Using Mind Control
Building a Future with Robots
  • Interacting in Robot Teams and the Future Impact of Robots – such as: Will a robot take your job? What programming languages will you need to learn to work in robotics?

Key academic experts from Sheffield Robotics and the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) will be featuring in the course, giving learners a basic understanding of robotics and the challenges engineers are facing.

Dr Sean Anderson, Senior Lecturer at ACSE, said: “Building a Future with Robots is a fantastic way for people to get a basic understanding of the key issues associated with living in a future society with robots. It is open to everyone, from those who are interested in the way robots will affect our lives to those who are looking to study Robotics in a degree programme.”

If you would like to enrol on the course, please click here or search ‘Building a Future with Robots’ at