Advanced Robotics (CORO IMARO)

Programme Objectives

The main objective of this specialism is to master the modelling and control of complex robots evolving in dynamic environments by using proprioceptive and exteroceptive perception.

The focus is on advanced robotics, but more generally the specialism deals with modern techniques in systems engineering for the modelling, simulation, optimisation, analysis, and control of a variety of robotics systems. It also takes into account the modelling and perception of the environment. The quality of this Master has been recognized by the European Union: it is involved in the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO+ Erasmus Mundus programme) and the Japan-Europe Master on Advanced Robotics (JEMARO, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree).

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Advanced Robotics is one of four specialisms available within the Control and Robotics stream. Some of the M1 courses are the taught across the four specialisms whereas the M2 courses are specialism-specific. The language of instruction is English across the two years. See course content for more details.
This Master’s programme is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Students enrolled in the M1 year are eligible to apply for the EMARO+ Joint Master Programme and spend their M2 year either the University of Genoa, Italy or Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.
Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Signal Processing  5 Group Project 6
Classical Linear Control 5 Optimization Techniques  5
Artificial Intelligence 6 Mobile Robots 5
Modelling of Manipulators 4 Dynamic Model Based Control 4
Advanced and Robot Programming 4 Software Architecture for Robotics 4
Mechanical Design Methods in Robotics 4 Computer Vision 4
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Advanced modelling of robots 6
Research methodology 5
Task-based control 5
Advanced visual geometry ± 4
Humanoid robots ± 4
From human motion to humanoid control ± 4
Autonomous vehicle ± 4
Optimal kinematic design ± 4
Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'
± Elective courses (choose 3 out of 5)
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
Spring Semester                                       ECTS
Master thesis / internship 30

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Control and Navigation Strategies in Uncertain Environments with Human Operators (AGI)
  • Obstacle and self-collision avoidance with a dual-arm Manipulator (AGI)

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Off road platooning
  • Optimum Design, Prototyping and Control of a 6-dof Cable Driven Parallel Robot with a large orientational workspace
  • Analysis of human walking behavior to improve humanoid walking patterns
Skills developed
  • Master the different fields of advanced robotics and intelligent robots (Kinematic and dynamic modeling, Dynamic control, Dedicated computing, Perceptual organs, Mechanical design).
  • Take a global approach to the design and implementation of robotic systems in their environment.
  • Have a frame of reference of application cases in fast-growing sectors (production robotics, autonomous vehicle, humanoid robotics, etc.)

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Download syllabus | CORO IMARO 2021/2022

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Master relies on Centrale Nantes faculty and the research facilities of the LS2N Laboratory.


BA System, Airbus Group Innovation, Gaussin, Renault, Akka Technologies, GE, Tecnalia, IRT Jules Verne
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After the Master's

Career Prospects

  • Sectors: Aeronautics, Automotive, Transportation, Wind and Marine Energy, Materials Producers, Consulting
  • Fields: Mechanical Engineering, Robotics engineering, Design, Materials, Advanced Processes, Manufacturing, Research and Innovation
  • Positions: Mechanical Engineer, Robotics engineer, Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Research and Innovation Engineer (post PhD)
Published on March 25, 2017 Updated on July 20, 2022