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The Ph.D. program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics is the first of its kind in the state of Florida, and among only a few in the nation.

Preparing tomorrow’s thought‑leaders

Intelligent systems and robotics innovations are transforming the future of technology and society. Now is the time for the next generation of innovators to step forward.

The University of West Florida and the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition have partnered to offer a highly innovative, research‑focused doctoral program designed to develop thought‑leaders in these exciting fields. The program is one of just a few in the nation—and the first and only in Florida. Early integration in cutting-edge research in intelligent systems and robotics allows students  to develop instrumental skills for developing  new theories and  technologies to augment human potential.

A dynamic partnership between UWF’s stand-out academic programs and IHMC allows students to tap into the expertise of a world‑class research center to make their mark in the field of the future.

UWF offers competitive assistantships for this program, commensurate with education and experience.

What You Will Learn

The Ph.D. program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics is designed to train the next generation of researchers and educators to develop technology combining human and machine elements to exploit their respective strengths and mitigate their respective weaknesses. Fundamental to this program is the establishment of successful student-supervisor teams where faculty and researchers provide a direct pathway for integrating young talent in their research and graduate students become essential members of established research groups while flourishing as independent thinkers.

After laying a groundwork common to all, the Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems and Robotics program will provide students with individualized curricula tailored to their interests. The program is comprised of foundational courses in Artificial Intelligence or AI, and Robotics followed by select advanced courses. Beyond coursework, the program's cornerstone will be hands-on research in robotics and AI and will leverage the world-class talent at The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC).

UWF programs offered at the Pensacola campus or UWF Emerald Coast may require online courses. Please discuss the program requirements and planning with your academic advisor.