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MSc in Robot Cognition


Course Description

Understanding all aspects of Human-Robot interaction: the programming that coordinates a robot’s actions with human action as well the human appreciation and trust in the robot.
At present, there are many sensors and actuators in every device – so they may become embedded in a physical reality. For robots that move around in a specific setting there is a pressing need for the development of proper methods of control and joint-action. The embedded, embodied nature of human cognition is an inspiration for this, and vice versa. Computational modelling of such tasks can give insight into the nature of human mental processing. In the Master’s specialisation in Robot Cognition you’ll learn all about the sensors, actuators and the computational modelling that connects them.
Making sense of sensor data – developing artificial perception – is no trivial task. The perception, recognition and even appreciation of sound stimuli for speech and music (i.e. auditory scene analysis) require modelling and representation at many levels and the same holds for visual object recognition and computer vision. In this area, vocal and facial expression recognition (recognition of emotion from voices and faces) is a rapidly growing application area. In the area of action and motor planning, sensorimotor integration and action, there are strong links with research at the world-renowned Donders Centre for Cognition.
At Radboud University we also look beyond the technical side of creating robots that can move, talk and interpret emotions as humans do. We believe that a robot needs to do more than simply function to its best ability. A robot that humans distrust will fail even if it is well programmed. Culture also plays a role in this; people in Japan are more open to the possibilities of robots than in, for example, the Netherlands. We will teach you how to evaluate humans’ attitudes towards a robot in order to use that information to create robots that will be accepted and trusted and therefore perform even better.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ai/robot

Why study Robot Cognition at Radboud University?

- We offer a great mix of technical and social aspects of robot cognition.

- This programme focuses on programming robot behaviours and evaluating them rather than building the robots themselves. We teach you to programme robots that will be used in close contact with human beings, for example in healthcare and education, rather than in industry.

- Our cognitive focus leads to a highly interdisciplinary AI programme where students gain skills and knowledge from a number of different areas such as mathematics, computer science, psychology and neuroscience combined with a core foundation of artificial intelligence.

- This specialisation offers plenty of room to create a programme that meets your own academic and professional interests.

- Together with the world-renowned Donders Institute, the Max Planck Institute and various other leading research centres in Nijmegen, we train our students to become excellent researchers in AI.

- To help you decide on a research topic there is a semi-annual Thesis Fair where academics and companies present possible project ideas. Often there are more project proposals than students to accept them, giving you ample choice. We are also open to any of you own ideas for research.

- Our AI students are a close-knit group; they have their own room in which they often get together to interact, debate and develop their ideas. Every student also receives personal guidance and supervision from a member of our expert staff.

Our research in this field

The programme is closely related to the research carried out in the internationally renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. This institute has several unique facilities for brain imaging using EEG, fMRI and MEG. You could also cooperate with the Behavioural Science Institute and work in its Virtual Reality Laboratory, which can be used to study social interaction between humans and avatars.

An example of a possible thesis subject:
- Engaging human-robot interactions in healthcare for children and/or the elderly
Social robots are often deployed with 'special' user groups such as children and elderly people. Developing and evaluating robot behaviours for these user groups is a challenge as a proper understanding of their cognitive and social abilities is needed. Depending on the task, children for example need to be engaged and encouraged in a different way than adults do. What are effective robot behaviours and strategies to engage children and/or elderly people? How can these robot behaviours be evaluated in a proper way?

Career prospects

Our Artificial Intelligence graduates have excellent job prospects and are often offered a job before they have actually graduated. Many of our graduates go on to do a PhD either at a major research institute or university with an AI department. Other graduates work for companies interested in cognitive design and research. Examples of companies looking for AI experts with this specialisation: Philips, Siemens, Honda, Mercedes, Google. Some students have even gone on to start their own companies.

Job positions

Examples of jobs that a graduate of the specialisation in Robot Cognition could get:
- PhD Researcher on Cognitive-Affective Modelling for Social Robots
- PhD Researcher on Automatic analysis of human group behaviour in the presence of robots
- PhD Researcher on Automatic analysis of affective quality of conversations in human-robot interaction
- Advisor and innovation manager in the healthcare industry
- Social robotics and affective computing for robots expressing emotions
- Developer of control algorithms for using optic flow in drones
- Advisor for start-up company on developing new uses for tactile displays
- Team member in design of emotion recognition and training for autistic children

Internship

Half of your second year consists of an internship, giving you plenty of hands-on experience. We encourage students to do this internship abroad, although this is not mandatory. We do have connections with companies abroad, for example in China, Finland and the United States.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ai/robot

Visit the MSc in Robot Cognition page on the Radboud University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Francesco Sgaramella

After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Bari, in Italy, I decided to go abroad for a Master’s programme in a field that is fascinating me and which is not being given the due consideration in Italy: Artificial Intelligence.

I started searching for other Italians who decided to go abroad and finally a student in Stockholm gave me advice about going to study in the Netherlands due to their excellent facilities and willingness to give more opportunities to young students. The name of Radboud University popped up in a Google search about “excellent Dutch universities”.

My application was accepted and I attended an interview . Afterwards, I was already in love with this university. The professors were really kind to me and they were helpful and available at any time I desired.

I joined the Orientation Week in which I had the first touch with other cultures and the Dutch one. Of course I was shocked, since the cultures I met were really different from the Italian one that I was used to. I consider this as the first step to grow as a person and to get some challenges: new culture, people, city, language and educational system.

Regarding my studies, what I like the most is the disposability from my professors to give me help at any time and supply me with the most advanced machinery and robots in order to reach the highest level of research in my studies. Nevertheless, there still some details of my studies that are weak points for Radboud. For example, in my studies there are not that many international students, and it can be difficult to make friendship in a group of people that know each other from their Bachelor’s degree, or even high school. So I had to make friends outside of the study context, which is nothing bad, but, in my opinion, it is better to have both friends from studies and friends outside that context.

In my future there are going to be even more challenges, so that is why I would like to get a PhD position in Robotics at Radboud University, or if not possible, in another Dutch university. I am 100% sure that the studies here at Radboud helped me a lot in increasing my knowledge and prepare myself for a job position.


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Radboud Scholarship Programme - 20+ Awards

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master's degree programme at Radboud University. You must have finalized your request for admission via our online application system OSIRIS Incoming Students before 1 April.The scholarship is not paid in money but instead covers the additional non-EEA expenses.
For example: a grant holder in 2017/2018 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,006, instead of €9,432 or €10,360. In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as those for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance. This amounts to about €725.Each year about 30 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented non-EEA students for the duration of one of the Master's degree programmes *Learn more about other applicable scholarship programmes on the website of Radboud University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.Selection criteria:1. talent: this means that you must have outstanding study results in your present field of study;
2. expected to be a promising students in your desired field of study at Radboud University;
3. proven academic quality and good results of your prior education for example through grades, test scores, publications.
4. quality of the recommendations in the two letters of recommendation;
5. motivation: based on your motivation letter.

Application Procedure

The application for admission and the application for the scholarship is fully integrated, there is no separate procedure for the scholarship. You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating during your application for admission that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two recommendation letters and a curriculum vitae.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/rsp


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Fullbright-Radboud Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Fulbright Center, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships to excellent American students for study and research purposes at graduate and PhD levels at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Fulbright Center's mission is to promote mutual understanding between Dutch and American citizens by providing financial assistance for study, research and teaching. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of €1050. International travel will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately €350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival, and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program.
Application for 2016-2017 opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12 monthly instalments of €1050 + extra allowance for travel and additional costs

Eligibility

For American students.
The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

For more information please see the Fulbright website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/fulbright


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Brazil Programme - 10 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Brazil is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Brazil's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/brazil


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Mexico Programme - 5 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Mexicans to follow a study programme at Master's level. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Mexican students who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso OTS Mexico website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/mexico


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Indonesia Programme - 6 Awards

For Indonesian students, Radboud University offers one Orange Tulip Scholarships which are available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Indonesian students who study at a Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia is 1 April.You can find more information about the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia, and how to apply, on the Nuffic Neso Indonesia website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/indonesia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - China Programme - 6 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme (OTS) was launched by Nuffic Neso China in 2008. The success of the programme relies on the support from not only the Dutch academic sector, but also the Dutch business sector in China. The purpose of this initiative is to offer valuable study opportunities for young Chinese talents to study in the Netherlands through joint contributions from the Dutch higher education institutions and China-based Dutch companies.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Orange Tulip Scholarship China programme is only open to qualified students from Mainland China who study at a Master's level at Radbout University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship China is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/china


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Korea Programme - 3 Awards

Nuffic Neso South-Korea launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) in January 2010 to provide opportunities for talented Korean students to study in Holland. The scholarship is available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Korean students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/korea


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Russia Programme - 8 Awards

For the first time, Nuffic Neso Russia has launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS), a special programme for talented Russian students to study in Holland. It is available for all English-taught Master's programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2016/2017). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Russian students, Radboud University offers eight Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Russia is 1 April. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must have already applied for a Master's programme at Radboud University. In order to receive the scholarship, you must be admitted to a Master's programme.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/russia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Vietnam Programme - 3 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme gives excellent students coming from one of these countries the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University participates in the OTS programme with several benefits for international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Vietnamese students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Vietnam is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Vietnam's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/vietnam


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The Holland Scholarship Programme - 12 Awards

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University. The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS and amount to € 5,000.-

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship amounts to £ 3.700

Eligibility

The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS.

Application Procedure

You can apply for the Holland Scholarship at Radboud University when you apply for a Master's programme in Osiris. That means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline is 1 February. If not all scholarships will be given out, the second deadline is 1 May.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/holland-scholarship



Entry Requirements

• A Dutch Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in Artificial Intelligence, or an affiliated BSc. degree with a sufficiently strong AI-component. In the lattercase admission will be forwarded to the Examination Board.• Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-nativespeakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥232 (computer based) or ≥90 (internet based) OR An IELTS score of ≥6.5 OR Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Course Fees

2,006 (from EEA countries); €10360(from non-EEA countries)


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