Systems, Control and Robotics a ticket to Australia
Mitra Bahadorian from Iran is the first student to graduate from the KTH Master’s Programme in Systems, Control and Robotics , started in 2007. Being a joint programme it offers a large variety of opportunities for future careers. The international environment encourages students to explore their own cultures and customs. During the programme she has discovered her calling – now she is off to doctoral studies in Australia.
What has Systems, Control and Robotics meant for your future career?
– As a joint programme between Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, this programme supplied a large variety of opportunities for my future career.
Students can benefit from this programme either by specialising in more system and control concepts and applying them to automation and industrial robots or by going deep down into more detailed concepts of robotics, machine learning, computer vision or intelligent systems. Mitra Bahadorian chose to study Electrical Engineering, specialising in Electronics in Iran. She was admitted as one of the first batch of students on the Master’s Programme in Systems, Control and Robotics in 2007. Since then, she has worked hard to finish as quickly as possible, and even managed to squeeze in four months at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland, where she did her thesis project in "Multi-Robot Bio-Inspired Algorithms for Odor Source Localization". Now she is off to Australia and doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales, UNSW.
How did your studies on the programme contribute to personal growth?
– Being in an international environment and getting to know people with different backgrounds and cultures, was also sort of motivating since not only did we get the chance to learn more about other ethnic groups and cultures, but it also encouraged us to explore more about our own cultures and customs.
How did KTH’s educational system contribute to your growth?
– What I liked about the educational system in KTH was that it motivated us to work extremely hard and learn more. Since most of the projects or assignments were in group form, I also learned and enjoyed a lot from my group-mates during different courses and projects. Although sometimes it seemed to be a great deal of pressure and very stressful to submit each and every piece of work on time but, in the end, it is definitely worth it.
How did your studies enable personal development and career planning?
– Since the programme was kind of multi-disciplinary, it made me familiar with different concepts. Getting to know a bit about this and that helped me a lot to figure out as concerns what I want to do in the future. At the very start, I had no idea if I wanted to go for industry work or pursue my education afterwards, but as it went ahead I found out that academic and research environments appeal to me the most and it made me more determined about the path I wanted to choose which was academic – research and a PhD.
About Systems, Control and Robotics
Systems, Control and Robotics was started up in 2007 and comprises two years of study toward a Master’s degree. Patrik Jensfelt, Programme Coordinator, is happy to have observed a steady increase in applicants in 2008 and 2009.