MBZUAI Introduces Specialized Graduate Studies In Robotics And Computer Science

New Robotics and Computer Science Programmes Introduced by MBZUAI In 2023 |


In response to the soaring global demand for these fields, which is anticipated to reach US$225 billion and US$140 billion, respectively, by 2030, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) has established two new departments and four associated graduate programmes dedicated to robotics and computer science.

The new departments will work as academic homes for new faculty, researchers and postdoctoral fellows, as well as students in robotics and computer science, according to a press release from MBZUAI today. The new departments will complement the university’s current computer vision (CV), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP) departments, which are ranked among the top 20 globally by CSRankings.

Uae As A Hub For Ai

The university has started master’s and PhD programmes in robotics and computer science in line with the establishment of the new departments. The new initiatives will contribute to the expansion of the UAE’s larger artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem and support the country’s status as a global hub for AI innovation.

“The addition of these two new departments represents MBZUAI’s ongoing effort in developing a solid foundation for research excellence and innovation in artificial intelligence,” stated MBZUAI President and University Professor Eric Xing. In order to prepare students to become leaders with highly sought-after abilities in creating cutting-edge AI tools and applications across industries, the university will continue to bring to Abu Dhabi world-renowned academics and researchers in the fields. Skills in these fields are highly sought-after because of the digital renaissance we are currently experiencing.


Instead of concentrating on the creation of new robot hardware, the robotics department will concentrate on rigorous, innovative, high-impact research that emphasises robot learning and robot algorithms. Deep learning, control theory, robot manipulation, quadruped locomotion, human-robot interaction, robot-assisted surgery and healthcare, swarm robotics, precision agriculture, and infrastructure and environment monitoring are among the subjects of interest.

The use of robotics has completely changed industries like manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and transportation. According to research, there will be a big need for robotics knowledge in the upcoming years, as the market for robotics technology is predicted to reach US$225.6 billion in value by 2030. A anticipated worldwide skills deficit would severely impede this demand, with up to 85 million jobs potentially leaving unfilled by 2030 due to a lack of qualified workers to fill them.

Computing Science

The Computer Science Department, with a focus on entrepreneurship and sustainability, will offer unmatched depth into the fundamental technologies that gave rise to the amazing growth and influence of IT in the previous forty years. With predictions of a 14.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2027 and an expected 3.5 million jobs by 2026, the global market for computer science employment is rising. The degree will assist in meeting the significant need for advanced computer science expertise in the UAE and elsewhere.

The PhD degree will take four years, including a required three-month internship, while the master’s programmes in robotics and computer science will take two years, including a required six-week internship. The combined emphasis of the programmes on academic research and industry involvement is created to give students cutting-edge theoretical and applied skills and have the greatest possible influence on the UAE.

Competitive Programmes On A Global Scale

Professor Timothy Baldwin, the acting provost of MBZUAI, stated that MBZUAI is at the vanguard of AI teaching and research, which makes our programmes distinctive and globally competitive. With the master’s and PhD offering outstanding technical depth and extremely stringent entry requirements, our computer science department will serve as an academic home for instructors, researchers, and students in basic computing areas.

In order to promote careers at the forefront of academia, business, and government, the robotics department will concentrate on human-centered and autonomous robotics research as well as the development of the next generation of robotics practitioners with deep expertise in both robotics and computer science. Whatever career path or industry they select, mandatory internships ensure that our students graduate well-prepared to advance technology.

Since there are currently no comparable courses in the UAE, MBZUAI can stand out and establish the country as a leader in AI globally. Along with merging robotics and computer science with fields like computer vision (CV), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP), the two departments will also help to showcase the interdisciplinary character of AI.

On September 1st, 2023, admissions applications for the class of 2024 will be accepted.

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