National Manufacturing Institute Scotland CPD course Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Technologies related to Autonomous Systems and Robotics will have a potential annual economic impact in 2025 between $9.8-19.3 trillion (Manyika et al., 2013)


Course title: Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Date and venue:

To be confirmed, multiple locations across Scotland

Cost: £450

Duration: 9am- 5pm





Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

Advanced robotic and manufacturing systems are enablers for achieving the greater flexibility and adaptability that manufacturing companies require today to meet the market demands. The classic way of conceiving industrial automation, which is mainly focused on purely automated or manual forms of production, is reaching its limits. Robots and autonomous systems, partly in direct human-robot cooperation, can help create a decisive competitive advantage in all industries.

This course helps you gain a more precise understanding of robotics and automation technologies and how the human-robot cooperation can create a competitive advantage for your organisation over your competitors.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • How robots can be employed in different application fields
  • Safety for physical human-robot interaction
  • Industrial robotics and examples
  • How robotics can be used for flexibility and adaptability in modern manufacturing
  • Application of robotic solutions in manufacturing contexts
  • Industry case studies

On the course you will:

  • Build your understanding of robotics and autonomous systems 
  • Explore opportunities to modernize your processes to increase effectiveness and productivity
  • Know what type of robotics and autonomous systems match your business needs
  • Be aware of recent trends in the field of robotics to comply with current health and safety requirements
  • Gain knowledge and insights to help accelerate both flexible and connected manufacturing processes 

Who will benefit from this course:

This course is suitable for business leaders, technical leaders, strategy planners, product managers and consultants who want to understand the opportunities of robotics and autonomous systems for their business needs. 

Whatever level of experience or ability you have, you will have the chance to gain an insight into different hardware options and operating systems, while being able to question the presenter.


Dr Elena Giannaccini

Course Lead

Dr Elena Giannaccini graduated with honours in Biomedical Engineering from the Università di Pisa and in 2015 obtained her PhD in Robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory as an Early Stage Researcher in the Marie-Curie ITN project INTRO. Since her PhD, Elena has worked at various research positions, most recently at the University of Bristol. In 2019 Elena was appointed as a Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Aberdeen. 

Her research interests span the fields of bioinspiration, mechatronics, soft robotics, robot sensing and safety in human-robot interaction. Her expertise centres on designing and building robotic platforms for medical robotics and safe physical interaction between humans and robots. In her most recent post at the University of Bristol, she co-designed a ground-breaking artificial, implantable larynx as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded RoboVox project, this medical implant is currently being considered for a patent. Previously, she worked on the control of a pneumatic, soft and continuum robot arm inspired by hydrostatic skeletons, the subject of the 9th most read paper in the Soft Robotics Journal in 2018.

“Robotics is one of the core disciplines of the current 4th industrial revolution. Its use in industry can enable companies to achieve greater flexibility and efficiency.”

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