Automation for Digital Transformation

Learn the strategic impact and application of automation

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Course Dates

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Course Duration

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6 weeks
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

Key Takeaways

For senior business leaders, functional managers, and automation engineers who want to leverage automation to make their organizations more competitive, this program provides a foundational understanding of how automation can improve efficiency and effectiveness across your organization. The global artificial intelligence (AI) market is forecasted to reach USD 185.17 billion by 2026 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.7%.

In this program you will:
  • Identify when, where, and why advanced automation can optimize processes, support your workforce, and create value.
  • Examine specific examples of how automation is transforming organizations across multiple industries with technologies including dialog systems, intelligent robotics, drones, and other autonomous agents.
  • Learn how these technologies are evolving and their impact on the future of work.
  • Strategize how these technologies can create value in your organization and develop a roadmap for their implementation.

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Program Topics

Module 1:

Introduction to Automation and Autonomy

Learn the language of automation and become familiar with the basic mechanisms of robot software architectures, machine learning, and simulation system.

Module 2:

Dialogue Systems-From Chatbots to Conversational AI

Trace the evolution of dialogue systems by examining the capabilities, limitations, and mechanisms, and explore opportunities to implement a dialogue system at your organization.

Module 3:

Automation in Manufacturing

Discover the market trends and commercial applications of cutting-edge automation technologies in manufacturing with a special focus on collaborative robotic (cobots) systems.

Module 4:

Autonomous Drones: Enabling Technologies, Commercial Applications, and Emerging Frontiers

Recognize the market size and growth of autonomous drones and understand their enabling technologies, commercial applications, and business value

Module 5:

Autonomy and Automation in Transportation and Logistics

Explore the commercial applications, state-of-the-art technology, and near-term possibilities of autonomy and automation in transportation and logistics.

Module 6:

Preparing for the Future of Work

Assess the strategic, economic, and social impacts of automation and devise actionable plans to prepare for the future of work.

Module 1:

Introduction to Automation and Autonomy

Learn the language of automation and become familiar with the basic mechanisms of robot software architectures, machine learning, and simulation system.

Module 4:

Autonomous Drones: Enabling Technologies, Commercial Applications, and Emerging Frontiers

Recognize the market size and growth of autonomous drones and understand their enabling technologies, commercial applications, and business value

Module 2:

Dialogue Systems-From Chatbots to Conversational AI

Trace the evolution of dialogue systems by examining the capabilities, limitations, and mechanisms, and explore opportunities to implement a dialogue system at your organization.

Module 5:

Autonomy and Automation in Transportation and Logistics

Explore the commercial applications, state-of-the-art technology, and near-term possibilities of autonomy and automation in transportation and logistics.

Module 3:

Automation in Manufacturing

Discover the market trends and commercial applications of cutting-edge automation technologies in manufacturing with a special focus on collaborative robotic (cobots) systems.

Module 6:

Preparing for the Future of Work

Assess the strategic, economic, and social impacts of automation and devise actionable plans to prepare for the future of work.

Learning Experience

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Live Q&A Session with MIT Faculty

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Recorded Video Lectures

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Discussion Groups

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Application Exercises

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Office Hours with Subject Matter Experts for Added Support

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Peer Networking Opportunities

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Continuous Program Access for Up to 12 Months

Analysis of Real-World Companies

Faculty

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Sertac Karaman

Faculty Lead

Sertac Karaman is the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Associate Director in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, and Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. His research interests lie in the broad area of embedded systems and mobile robotics... More info

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Daniela Rus

Faculty Lead

Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, and Deputy Dean of Research in the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT... More info

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David Autor

Instructor

David Autor is Ford Professor in the MIT Department of Economics, codirector of the NBER Labor Studies Program, and coleader of both the MIT Work of the Future Task Force and the JPAL Work of the Future experimental initiative. His scholarship explores the labor-market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization... More info

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Jim Glass

Instructor

James Glass is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT where he leads the Spoken Language Systems Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is also a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Faculty. His research focuses on automatic speech recognition, unsupervised speech processing... More info

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Julie Shah

Instructor

Julie Shah is associate dean of Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing at MIT, a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and director of the Interactive Robotics Group, which aims to imagine the future of work by designing collaborative robot teammates that enhance human capability... More info

Certificate

Certificate

Get recognized! Upon completion of the program, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing grants a certificate to successful participants.

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FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

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  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass ; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
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    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

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    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

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  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrollment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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