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The Ph.D. program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics is the first of its kind in the state of Florida, serving the needs of manufacturing, healthcare, defense and other high-tech industries.

Why Study Intelligent Systems and Robotics at UWF?

The proliferation of robots and artificial intelligence is growing in importance in everyday life and likely to be one of the key transformations of the 21st century.

This degree allows UWF students to be leaders and innovators in this field. Our graduates will contribute to solving today's many challenges and will provide leadership, expertise and innovation to keep Florida at the forefront of these advances.

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 UWF and IHMC.

Careers & Outcomes

You will emerge from this program as a technological powerhouse, poised for high‑demand jobs in research and development, healthcare, transportation, defense and high‑tech industries. Below are common job titles for our graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Program Details

The following are required for consideration:

  • Submission of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Attainment at the 70% percentile is preferred.
  • A master's degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics, or a similar technical degree. Bachelor’s candidates with strong relevant industrial experience or research aptitude will be considered. Those without a background in algorithm analysis, data structures, and advanced computer programming skills will require additional preparatory work.
  • Master's or bachelor's cumulative GPA - minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Submission of a resume or CV.
  • Submission of a personal statement describing prior experiences and accomplishments in intelligent systems and robotics, and an indication of the student's goals in pursuing the current degree.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required from academic and professional recommenders attesting to the applicant’s graduate studies potential. At least one of the letters of recommendation submitted must be from an academic reference.
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to conduct telephone interviews with these applicants. For a complete listing of admission requirements for international applicants, please visit the UWF International Graduate Admission section of the catalog.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Intelligent Systems and Robotics program.

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