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Interested in a Career in Robotics? Skills most valued in Robotics Industry

The field of robotics is a fusion of multiple disciplines that intertwine in weird and wonderful ways, all united to make our world a better place and eventually, a universe where both C-3PO and Data may exist together.

Robotics is a fairly new field, and there are a lot of unanswered questions. To that end, working on cutting-edge technology in robotics may require a Master's or Ph.D. degree. Although you can get away with having a Bachelor’s coupled with some serious experience in your area of interest. A relevant Bachelor’s degree, such as one in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science engineering, or simply a degree in robotics is a good start. Although being an expert in all fields related to robotics is not expected for entry, a basic understanding of all the aspects of robotics will be useful.

You will eventually work on projects with people who specialize in various niche branches and it is important to be able to communicate technical ideas while problem-solving.

Mechanical Engineering

Robots are designed to perform tasks that involve interacting with the physical world around them.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

The electrical systems are what would obviously enable the transmission of electricity from the power source, such as a battery.

Computer Science

There need to be algorithms that allow a robot to process the noisy raw data that it receives from its various sensors such as cameras, LiDARs, Ultrasonic sensors, etc.

  1. Sensing
  2. Planning
  3. Control

There need to be algorithms that allow a robot to process the noisy raw data that it receives from its various sensors such as cameras, LiDARs, Ultrasonic sensors, etc. This data is processed to form measurements of the world around it. These measurements are then used to make an informed guess about what the state of the world is like and what is required of the robot. The control then acts in order to help achieve that desired state.

A lot of the software involved in robotics requires a solid background in linear algebra, calculus, and geometry. Someone interested in writing software for robots might be interested in Computer Vision, Motion Planning, Machine Learning, and Optimal Controls.

This blog post was inspired by the AMA session given by Yash Manian, a Computer Vision Engineer at IAM Robotics.

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The blog post was written by B.Bandhavya, the associate content creator at TIP. Bandhavya is a full-time Veterinarian doctor from Andhra Pradesh, a state in the south of India. Now that she has her graduate degree out of her way, she decided to invest her energy into rediscovering and cultivating interests that she had to put on a hold for long — writing, painting, traveling, exploring, and eating. She is currently obsessed with historical documentaries while she chills with her fur babies.

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