27JC01A_new.qxd 11/26/2013 5:15 PM Page 1 CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 27 NOVEMBER 2013 Be the tech czars of Robotics is no longer just a “hobby” for geeky science and engineering students; it has truly emerged as a serious career option. Getting in tomorrow ROBOTICS ZUBIN MALHOTRA Derived from a Czech word ‘Robit’, which means work and ‘Robota’ meaning menial or slave labour, Robots have become an important part of many modern tech machine. Robots that perform heart and other complex surgeries, retrieve landmines and assemble cars are commonplace today. They are ideal for performing repetitive, mundane, unpleasant or unsafe tasks with precision, quality and safety. And they aren’t just meant for manufacturing or precision work either. They can just as well be put to use literally around the house — sweeping, cleaning, mowing lawns — operated and controlled by just our smart phones. No wonder, robotics is predicted to emerge as one of the most significant technologies of the 21st Century. Not just child's play Take for instance, hybrid and electric cars which will SUKHJINDER TECHNICAL CAMPUS (ENGG. & POLY WING) V.P.O. Dunera, Teh. Dhar Kalan, Distt Pathankot (Punjab) (Approved by AICTE & Affiliated to PTU & PSBTE & IT) Requires faculty for CIVIL, ME, ECE, CSE, EE & Applied Sciences. 1. Director. 2. Assistant/Associate Professors/Lecturers/Senior Lecturers Qualifications: M.Tech/B.Tech/M.Sc. (Applied Science) with relevant experience. Pay-scale as per AICTE/Punjab Govt. norms. Highly qualified and experiences persons will be given preference and extra benefits. Applications should be sent with detailed Bio-data & testimonials alongwith two passport size photographs by 5.12.2013 by E-mail or by post in the name of The Chairman on the above address. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (M) 9317900079 CHAIRMAN TRC-29757 THINKSTOCK PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES dominate the future of the auto industry. Assembling these new cars requires new and often complex processes that robots are ideally suited for. As a result, new opportunities will emerge in the automotive and transportation industries throughout the world. Healthcare and related issues will be on the top of everyone’s mind in the years to come. And we have already seen substantial growth in the use industrial robotics for performing complex surgical procedures. Similarly they are being used increasingly in the production and packaging of food. Despite the current economic crisis, some of the exciting global developments in robotics with long-term potential read like a veritable ‘Believe it or Not…’ While Korea has taken the lead in promoting the use of robots for service applications such as care of senior citizens, the US is using robots to protect soldiers on the battlefield. European companies are taking the lead in using robots to manufacture solar panels. Many other trends such as miniaturisation and mass customisation are creating new opportunities for robotics. To enter this field you need to study mechanical, electrical or computer engineering to begin with. In fact, a sound knowledge of all the three fields is an ideal pre-requisite. Specialised courses such as those in artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced robotics systems, intelligent control, image processing, neural networks and fuzzy logic are offered at the IITs, BITS-Pilani and other engineering colleges. The IITs have created dedicated robotics centres that are creating innovative products in collaboraton with start-up companies incubating with them. The study of robotics prepares you to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to support engineers and other professionals engaged in developing and using robots. It will include instruction in design, operational testing, system maintenance and repair. However, Robotics is a long-term, research-oriented career. Someone stepping into the field today will have to plan and work towards results s/he would probably achieve a few years later. High demand has created a shortage of skilled professionals. Organisations like BHEL, BARC and CAIR take in fresh engineering graduates as scientists. Further specialisation can be done at the post- graduate level. Where to study Here are some of the colleges that offer PG courses in robotics: ■ Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani 333031 (www.bitspilani.ac.in), Course: ME in Computer Science (with Robotics as a subject). Also MS in Robotics & Intelligent Systems as an off-campus distance learning programme. ■ NIT, Kurukshetra (www.nitkkr.ac.in) Course: MTech Robotics ■ Jadavpur University, PO Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (WB) (www.jadavpur.edu). Course: ME Robotics ■ Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT), Kochi (Ker) Course: MSc in Electronics Science (with specialisation in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics). Eligibility: BSc (1st div) with Electronics / Computer Science & Physics (with Electronics). www.cusat.ac.in ■ Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune (Mah) has developed a Robotics centre in collaboration with CISCO and Intel. ■ Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai (www.vjti.ac.in) Course: Post Diploma in Robotics & Automation (1year). ■ IT Kanpur, Center for Robotics & Mechatronics, Northern Lab Bldg, Kanpur 208 016 (UP) www.iitk.ac.in. Course: ME (Robotics & Robot Applications). CONTINUED on p2
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