Is Robotics Only for Engineers?

Speakers: Roberts Kadiķis (Institute of Electronics and Computer Science), Emmanuel Merchan (Transport and Telecommunication Institute).

Moderator: Anastasija Babarikina

Robotics is a rapidly growing field with more companies and industries looking to automate. However, this is also a quite intimidatig field to get into - robotics involve the design, construction, operation, details of both hardware and software as well considering ethical and practical issues of the machine and many other aspects. Can somebody without an engineering degree handle it? In this discussion we will take a look at different roles and opportunities in this future mega trend industry.

Dr. Roberts Kadiķis is a senior researcher and a Head of Robotics and Machine Perception laboratory at EDI, where he has been working for 10 years. He has had a PhD in electronics since 2018 and is also a member of EDI's scientific council. The main research areas are Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision and their application in Intelligent Transportation Systems, self-driving cars and drones, biomedicine, and Industry 4.0. Currently, Roberts is working on improving the perception capabilities of industrial robots in two Horizon 2020 projects: AI4DI - "Artificial Intelligence for Digitizing Industry" Nr. 826060, and VIZTA - "Vision, Identification, with Z-sensing Technology and key Applications" Nr. 826600.

After more than 20 years of working in Higher Education at the National Politecnic Insitute (IPN) in his native Mexico, Emmanuel has recently joined TSI as Dean of the Engineering Faculty. He graduated as an Industrial Robotics Engineer from the IPN, where he also obtained a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield after completing research on Soft-computing techniques for path-planning of multi-robot systems sharing a common workspace. He has published several articles in the field of robotics and supervised a number of thesis for undergraduate and graduate students. Now at TSI he is working extensively to enrich the delivery of education in line with the requirements and challenges posed by the change of paradigms associated with Industry 4.0.

Anastasija is a 3rd year Business Administration student. She is passionate about international experiences, business environment and psychology. Her biggest goal is to learn as much as she can, even if it means there is a need to walk out of the comfort zone.