Factory Automation and Robotics
Degree programme: Automation Engineering
- Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics
Name of degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Language of instruction: English
Scope of degree: 120 ECTS
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Want to become an expert in Factory Automation and Robotics? Join our international and inspiring learning environment and gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in academia or industry!
Innovative and practical studies
The studies involve not only conventional lectures but also many practical ways of learning, such as different laboratory assignments, hands-on exercises and practical studies in innovative learning environments. The programme ensures that you gain both theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in the field of automation.
A degree with diverse opportunities
After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation. You will also have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in industry or continue studying towards a doctorate.
The content and requirements
The extent of the degree programme is 120 cr. It consists of 90 cr of courses and Master Thesis of 30 cr. As a student of Factory Automation and Robotics, you will gain deep knowledge in both focus areas. You are also required to complete a course in the Finnish language during your studies. In that, you will gain good basic knowledge of everyday Finnish and get a brief introduction to Finnish culture.
To be a successful student in Factory Automation and Robotics, you need to have a background of one of the following fields: automation or control engineering, robotics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering or fluid power. We also require proficiency in mathematics, physics and programming.
Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics
This module deals with the scientific field of the automation of information (Informatics) to understand and build knowledge-based Factory Automation Systems.
The module provides insights on building components for Factory Automation Systems called Robotics and Discrete Automation Networks. It also gives fundamentals and technological competences on the role of ICT in Industrial Automation Systems. Specifically, in the field of Robotics, the studies cover Robot Manipulators providing education in following themes: Kinematics and Dynamic Modeling, Kinematic Control (Trajectory Planning) and Dynamic Control (Motion Control). The programming of robots follows industrial standards provided by the major robot providers, such as ABB, Sony, Mitsubishi, FANUC, KUKA, etc. You will also learn about international standards dealing with industrial robots and the typical applications.
The number of robots and autonomous systems are growing rapidly and robotization is changing our life at both home and work. Robots and autonomous systems will be utilized in every sector of industry and services. Companies are investing heavily on the research and development of robotics and its applications. We already have autonomous mines and ports where ore and containers are transported by autonomous vehicles. Our factories have more and more sophisticated robots for tedious, dangerous and precise tasks. In the future, different kinds of assistance robots will help people in health care. This change requires competent people to carry out research and development in the field of robotics.
The Robotics Major offers basic skills and knowledge on robotics and the technology involved. Studies include the fundamentals of robotics, control of robotics, sensing/perception systems for robotics and project work. To be successful in this major, you need to have a solid mathematical background and good programming skills. After the studies, you are able to develop robot-based systems.