QUT has responded to the skills gap with a new Master of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Today’s workforce has a rapidly growing demand for engineers with skills in machine learning, automation and robotics.
It’s an exciting time for engineers to upskill in robotics and AI, with job growth in robotics projected to rise by 5.5 per cent in the next 5 years, and the CSIRO has estimated that Australia will need up to 161,000 additional AI specialist workers by 2030.
As machine learning and AI touches every aspect of society, there’s a wealth of opportunities for engineers with machine learning skills and AI expertise.
The rapid growth in machine learning and AI is prompting many of the world’s leading companies to look for employees with advanced skills in robotics and AI technology.
“Machine learning techniques are constantly getting better. There’s an explosion of research every year about new techniques that will deliver the best and most reliable performance,” says Dr Dimity Miller, a lecturer with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics and a Chief Investigator with the QUT Centre for Robotics.
“To be competitive for the best tech jobs in today’s market, graduates need a set of skills that didn’t even widely exist just 10 or 15 years ago,” says Professor Michael Milford, Joint Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics.
“Our new Master of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence program is tailored specifically to provide the skills required to land the most exciting jobs in robotics and AI, both locally and internationally.”
In response to a rapidly changing world of work, the Master program will teach students about entrepreneurship and the application of robots.
“Robotics is inherently a very entrepreneurial field. The reality nowadays is that engineers are moving freely between government departments, small startups and large industry companies.”
The course in action
As the top-ranked research institution in Australia for robotics, QUT will provide students in the Master of Robotics and AI with the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned robotics researchers and educators, such as Distinguished Professor Peter Corke.
QUT is offering Commonwealth Supported Places for all domestic students who enrol full-time, which means if you’re eligible for HELP support there are no upfront fees to pay.
Students with a recognised undergraduate degree that specialises in computer and software systems, electrical, electrical and aerospace and/or mechatronics are eligible for the one and a half year, full-time postgraduate degree, which is being offered from February 2023.
Input from industry
“We work closely with both startups and traditional industries that recruit dozens of our undergraduate and PhD students,” says Milford.
Education providers with strong industry links and ties to real-world projects can ensure graduating students are workforce-ready.
“We need more in-depth learning – not just to teach current state-of-the-art techniques – but to build knowledge that underpins the ability to understand more complex material. With this in-depth foundational knowledge, as new techniques emerge, students will be able to apply their existing knowledge and quickly adapt,” says Miller.
“Many companies want students who have advanced knowledge in topics such as machine learning. This course is a direct response to their input,” says Milford.
Accelerate your career with QUT’s new Master of Robotics and AI. Apply now to commence in February 2023.
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