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Info 2024/2025

Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-32
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language English
Teaching mode In-person
Head of programme ENRICO SIMETTI
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
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Programme overview


Robotics Engineering is a study program associated with two international programs.

Thanks to the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO) and to the Japan-Europe Master on Advanced Robotics (JEMARO) students attend each year in a different University part of the EMARO/JEMARO consortium.

Students enrolled as part of Robotics Engineering attend the whole degree in UniGe. However, they share the same classes and are subject to the same activities and workload as EMARO/JEMARO students. Robotics Engineering, completely taught in English, has a unique structure compliant with international standards:

  • continuous assessment of students’ performance
  • exam sessions synced with semesters
  • extended and challenging lab activities
  • a full-semester thesis work

Robotics Engineering strongly encourages mobility abroad for a traineeship, as well as industrial cooperation.

Learning by doing

Robotics Engineering adopts the successful EMARO and JEMARO philosophy of learning via reflection on doing, as a paradigm complementary to the more traditional separation between teaching and practice. Theoretical studies are interleaved with lab-based practical and experimental work.

In the first year, a mandatory group project-based course allows students to be involved in research-oriented projects in teams, whereas in the second year thesis work spans over a full semester and is preceded by a research methodology course.

Career perspectives

Robotics Engineering values both professional-related figures and research-oriented backgrounds. Since cutting-edge technology cannot emerge but rooted in rigorous research, Robotics Engineering seeks to produce professional figures in robotics, artificial intelligence, mechatronics, and automation.

Research-oriented careers can be sought as Ph.D. studies in autonomous robotics, smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence.

Application domains explicitly considered in the program include factory automation (Industry 4.0), intelligent transportation (autonomous cars, railways, ships and space vehicles), ambient intelligence (smart environments, smart cities, Internet of Things), human-robot interaction, as well as software-based systems.

What you will learn

software development and robot programming

real-time systems, distributed systems, cloud-based systems

mechanics and mechanical design

kinematic modelling, novel design paradigms, fabrication

control systems

embedded systems, identification and state estimation, optimization

artificial intelligence

machine learning, knowledge representation, reasoning

perception and action

vision, auditory, tactile data processing, motion planning and execution

human-robot interaction

social aspects, speech-based interaction, cognitive and physical interaction

Did you know that...

Students can apply for scholarships to carry out their thesis in China or Japan

Students enrolled in Robotics Engineering can enter EMARO in the second year based on their performance and available positions, so to complete their studies abroad

In the last years, Robotics Engineering has received more than 1100 applications from abroad each year

In the last few Academic Years, many students have submitted scientific papers on the basis of their thesis work


Robotics Engineering is a study program associated with the project European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO) and the Japan-Europe Master on Advanced Robotics (JEMARO).

EMARO has been funded three times by the European Commission, which represents a unique case in Europe. JEMARO is the first joint Japan-Europe program offering high-level academic and industrial training across the whole span of robotics, which has been funded for five years up to the first intake in 2020-2021. 

Robotics Engineering is considered a high-quality, best-practice, demanding study program organized in full compliance with EMARO and JEMARO. It is organized in two phases: the first year is dedicated to strengthening the basic engineering background and the integration of heterogeneous skills, whereas the second year is dedicated to the acquisition of advanced, robotics-related knowledge, and to an extended, important, thesis work.

Robotics Engineering is aimed at Italian and foreign students who want to get an interdisciplinary, solid, and varied level or preparation in robotics. Afterward, students will be well-prepared for professional work as well as a research career. Such preparation is related to:

  • Mathematical basics (modeling, simulation, optimization)
  • Perception (proprioception, artificial vision, artificial touch, auditory signals)
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning (logic- and probability-based formalisms, machine learning, planning, architectures)
  • Action (embedded systems, control, interaction)

The organization of the study program according to renowned international standards increases the chances of getting the diploma in strictly two years.

All teaching- and lab-related activities are in English. In fact, all teaching activities are accompanied by project- and lab-based classes, which contributes to a great extent to various student skills, included those soft skills related to a team working, activity presentation, and discussion. In the second year, the program deepens robotics-peculiar aspects in three relevant fields at national and international levels:

  • Industrial and service robotics, as well as mechatronics
  • Autonomous robots and artificial intelligence
  • Human-robot interaction

Head of programme

Enrico Simetti

Robotics Engineering is a multi-cultural community of students, professors, and researchers. Students are continuously engaged in new challenges, which makes them ready for real-world situations in professional and research settings.

Enrico Simetti

Where to find us

Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering, Viale Causa 13, 16145, Genoa

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Energy, Management, and Transports, Via Opera Pia 15/a, 16145, Genoa

Learn more

You can find more information about EMARO on the websites

You can get additional information about Robotics Engineering by contacting:

Didactic support contact
Elena Tortora
+39 010 3356067
+39 334 1074229