Robotics, the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, has become a highly relevant and upcoming discipline. It is being increasingly applied to almost every field of activity including improving the standard of living of humans, handling dangerous and hazardous situations, relieving mankind of repetitive and tiring activities, exploring outer space and performing complex medical procedures. Many industries also use robots in their manufacturing facilities and research. For instance, robots are used in areas like high heat welding and continuous handling of heavy loads. They can function tirelessly even in the most inhospitable working conditions. Owing to this, robots are taking over from man most of the manipulative, hazardous and tedious jobs in factories, mines, atomic plants, spaceships, deep-sea vessels, etc. The automation of work through robotics has led to a substantial increase in productivity in these areas.
Given its diverse applications, the robotics field today demands in-depth knowledge of a broad range of disciplines such as electronics, computers, instrumentation and mechanics. A graduate entering the workforce in robotics must be thoroughly familiar with intelligent systems and proficient in computer vision, control systems, and machine learning, as well as the design and programming of robotic systems. Specialization in automation also requires the student to apply a wide range of engineering principles to understand, modify or control the manufacture, delivery and maintenance of technology components in a broad range of industries. Graduates must know how to develop and maintain systems that cost-effectively optimize productivity and quality control.
The Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Robotics and Automation MTech Program is unique in that it provides an academic curriculum that pulls from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering and Computer Science disciplines, exposing the students to the breadth of and interdependence among the engineering disciplines and offering the students exactly what is required to master the technical knowledge required. This MTech program will provide a comprehensive educational environment and enable students to gain expertise in next-generation robotics and automation systems. By exposing our students to do coursework from multiple disciplines and preparing them to think about robotics from a holistic approach, our program will prepare a skilled industry workforce as well as expert researchers who will be able to provide leadership in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology.