9 Skills That Make You a Roboticist
Robot are everywhere. Today we’re seeing one of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry as machines become more efficient, grow more autonomous, and learn to, well, learn. Robotics is booming-it’s a multimillion-dollar global market that will expand exponential in the coming decades, creating a whole new category of careers in the process, so, do you have what it takes to be a roboticist? Let’s find out.
1. Systems Thinking
Robots are complicated systems; you have to be good at mechanics, electronics, electrics, programming, sensing, and even psychology and cognition.
A roboticist has to understand how all these different systems work together, and be well versed in the theories that govern each of them.
2. Programming Mindset
Programming is an essential skill whether you are managing low-level control systems or designing high-level cognitive system
The main difference between robotics and other programming disciplines is that robotic programming interacts with hardware, electronics and the real world all at once.
Though it is not required that you master all of the more than 1500 programming languages a program in mind that will come in handy if and when you need to learn a new programming language.
3. Active Learning
There are so many topics that fall within the realm of robotics that it is impossible to become versed in all of them.
There will come a time when you are required to utilize asking I understand a topic that you know nothing about.
To learn a competency in real time, in real life, you must be well versed in the learning strategies that work best for you.
One of the few core, enduring skill sets required for robotics is mathematics.
Robotics requires the understanding and manipulation of abstract concepts that are often represented as functions or equations.
You need to have at least a good grasp of algebra, Calculus, and even geometry, which is particularly useful kinematics and technical drawing.
5. Science or Other Applied Mathematics
When working with concepts and calculations, a pure mathematician’s solutions aren’t always bound by practical application in the real world.
In robotics, science and other applied mathematics must be applied in physical settings that are often unpredictable and uncertain.
A key skill for roboticists is being able to determine when the result of a calculation is “good enough to actually work.”
6. Judgement and Decision Making
The field of robotics is full of engineering quantities that don’t have a single, optimum solution.
The wide knowledge base roboticists tend to possess allows them to tackle a problem from a number of vantage points.
Good judgement and decision making skills will allow you to efficiently weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each potential solution.
7. Good Communication
Communication skills are especially vital in robotics because you will often have to explain abstract concepts and systems to non-specialists.
In robotics, there may be instances where you have to explain high-level programming matters to a mechanical engineer, or a structural mechanics problem to a computer scientist.
A good roboticists serves as a technical translator for non-specialists, and between different disciplines.
8. Technology Design
Proficiency in technology design translate to being able to design things that actually work by remedying problems before they arise.
When something does go wrong, this skill set also helps a roboticist isolate the source of the problem, and propose effective solutions.
Given the complex nature of robotics, persistence is a paramount skill for any roboticist.
More intricate problems tend to have a greater number potential solutions, which in turn create more issues and roadblocks.
Persistence (and patience) will also be needed when explaining these labyrinthine concepts to others.