How and where to start
Robotics isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a little more “something’ to be able to command a machine to make an automated move. An inquisitive mind in electronics, a sound understanding of mathematics and a basic knowledge of technology are just some of the basic prerequisites. Sometimes, just an inquisitive mind will do the trick. Exactly how illustrious and promising is a career in Robotics? A simple basic analysis will help because Robotics is so much more than just building robots.
- Build a strong foundation
It is important to start strong. There is no room for haggling around with a whole plethora of technical subjects to choose from. There are 3 main core subjects that need to be focussed on. They are Mathematics, Physics and any one or more of the following engineering disciplines-Electronics, Mechatronics, Automotive and Bioengineering. Since the field of Robotics is so vast, most career oriented professionals end up arming themselves with a mixture of undergraduate and post graduate courses.
- Seek the help of books
Having your own collection of books that have vital information about Robotics is a priceless treasure trove. Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics and Control is a great book to build your basics . Robot Building For beginners: Technology in Action is a valuable addition that guides you to build your own robot. Robotics: Modelling , Planning and Control, Probabilistic Robotics, Industrial Robotics- Technology, Programming and Applications are touted to be the top 3 books in the field.
How to up the ante
- Participate in robot workshops and contests
Workshops on robotics are so worth the time and money. They are platforms for interaction with skilled professionals in their specific areas of expertise and the best way to get maximum exposure on the subject. Workshops provide hands-one experience to sharpen one’s level of creativity and technical expertise. Contests are also gaining momentum and popularity. It infuses much needed motivation and imagination. Mini Sumo, Fire-Fighting contest, International Aerial Robotic Competition, Intelligent ground Vehicle Competition are great choices.
- Upgrade your Robotic Skills
Develop your programming skills. They are vital. Programming languages include C++. C, Java, Basic/Pascal, MATLAB, Industrial Robot languages, Python and LISP.
Have a thorough understanding of the complexities involved in the field of Robotics. This is where a lifetime of learning and reading must come into practice.
Anything can go wrong with your robot . And Robots are made up of expensive components. One’s trouble shooting skills must be honed to guide others who are involved in handling the robot.
Since Robotics is an expensive choice of career, aspiring graduates must know the nuances required to steer it on the right path.