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Hello everyone,I would like to consult about my path to robotics in the future. Currently I'm a senior undergraduate in Mathematical Statistics. I would like to work in technology fields especially in robotics (hopefully daily life support robot) if possible for my age 25-50. For the other technology fields I'm interested in, it includes optics, image/language processing and something like mind controls (not sure how it is called).The problem (or not?) is that I like studying mathematics and would like to further study in Mathematics at Master level. So my question is, is there a good chance for (Master) graduates in Mathematics to work in robotics field? or I need to choose Master in engineering instead? I know material in other disciplines is also important but, if possible, I expect to self-study for saving time (not to go to another Master in engineering) or learn when working with my colleagues if I could get a related-to-robotics job.For your information, about Mathematics program, I expect to concentrate on subjects like machine learning, optimization and something like neural network modeling along with exploring other mathematical tools that have the potential to apply in robotics or technology field such as mathematical physics or mathematics of mechanics.It would be greatly appreciated for every suggestions and other suggestions (not directly involved with my question) would be very helpful.Thank you,
I've been a hiring manager (for software development, not robotics) for a large part of my career.In general, I've found that someone who proceeds past undergraduate to masters' tends to be someone with above-average resources, skill, and capability, and thus is a desirable hire.Someone who then goes on to PhD after that, tends to be somewhat too narrowly focused for the wide area of challenges you'll typically face in a small, fast-moving development company. (This has not always been the case, but it's been frequent enough to be a pattern.)Thus, adding a M.S. degree will on average increase your hireability, and will give you better value for money for your undergraduate studies.From a personal point of view, deepening an area of interest (be it mathematics, physics, computer science, EE, mechanics, chemistry, whatever) is almost always worth it. You'll probably like your life better if you do!Whether mathematics is "the right choice" for getting into robotics, I can't say. It's certainly one of the skills you need to have. You also need some understanding of mechanics, electronics, software engineering, and computer science. For specialized fields, more specialized knowledge is also useful; signal processing; signalling theory; networking; dynamics; even physiology or 3D animation will be useful in places.Finally: The main concern I would have with a candidate that has a very math/theory-focused background, would be "can this person actually get real results in real life?" Adding applicable, hands-on skills in some appropriate area (software engineering, electronics, etc) and some good projects to demonstrate those skills (open source contributor, or whatnot) would help alleviate such concerns.Again, this is from my personal point of view, synthesized from positions in several different companies, and only in general. The specifics of each position and each candidate are never all that average, though :-) Still, I hope this helps!
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