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  1. I have three admits from these universities, I have interest in robotics so all my MS Mechanical admits have a specialization in Robotics. They all are going to cost almost the same, so that's not a factor right now. I have interest in CS and business as well and am hoping to take some courses from that as well. Also, considering I am hoping to get a TAship and a well paying job in the robotics industry later I don't know which to choose. Technically, CMU has the Robotics Institute which is the best in the world for robotics, that's kind of a no brainer for me as of now, but still confused in finalizing the university.
  2. Please share this. We are just launching and reaching out to programs that may need studio facilities this fall and to teaching grads that may want to praticipate. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY July 14, 2020 // -- Working to address the critical need for remote learning options, a group of artists and educators with unique remotely accessible studios are stepping up to help universities. The Digital Studio Project will work to help schools retool for the pandemic crisis by providing remarkable online studio learning facilities to universities this fall. According to Mathieu Victor, the project founder, “Students will be able to robotically carve marble in the mountains of Tuscany and work to 3D print coral restoration structures in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. With an optimistic view, remote learning offers an opportunity to connect students with rare and remote experiences.” The project works to collect the most remarkable studios in the world that can provide live, interactive participation to participants. The project is structured so that once Covid restrictions are lifted students can continue to work with the studios in more advanced and hands-on opportunities. The project will also offer programming in addition to facilities. “Artist collaborations and cooperative projects help students think creatively about the use of these technologies. Our goal is to inspire students with meaningful and fulfilling projects. We are hoping to offer much more than a technical resource, our goal is to keep students engaged.” adds Marshall Birnbaum, the project art strategist. Inspired by an experience this spring bringing together a remote studio for the University of Pennsylvania school of architecture, the project helps schools provide critical practical experiences for programs in fine arts, design, and architecture. The Digital Studio Project does not offer courses direct to students but works to provide resources to established universities. “We work with participating schools and studios to design remote projects that provide students with remote learning experiences that are truly exceptional, as opposed to stop-gap solutions. We want to help motivate students to stay enrolled, give them crucial working skills, and engage them with real-world projects they can follow on to as life returns to normal.” Many of the changes made necessary by the crisis may very well become permanent. Online collaboration has quickly become an essential professional skill. “Our studios address a short-lived crisis, but also form the model by which our students may conduct the rest of their professional careers,” says Victor. The project will launch July 15th and will be adding new studio offerings to the roster in the coming weeks. Schools or Studio facilities that may like to participate should contact the Digital Studio Project directly. Contact@digitalstudioproject.com Photos and addition material here: https://www.digitalstudioproject.com/post/the-digital-studio-project-initiative-announcement Digital Studio Project Press Release.pdf
  3. I have three admits from these universities, I have interest in robotics so all my MS Mechanical admits have a specialization in Robotics. They all are going to cost almost the same, so that's not a factor right now. I have interest in CS and business as well and am hoping to take some courses from that as well. Also, considering I am hoping to get a TAship and a well paying job in the robotics industry later I don't know which to choose. Technically, CMU has the Robotics Institute which is the best in the world for robotics, that's kind of a no brainer for me as of now, but still confused in finalizing the university.
  4. I am incredibly excited to have been offered admission at CMU and Univerisity of Michigan for both MS in Robotics. My education background is BS in ME at Umich. I am an international student holding an F1 visa. I have many research experience in control. In my graduate school, I would like to incline my research interest towards control by using machine learning/ artificial intelligence. This means I would like to have some transition from ME towards CS, and this is also one of the reasons why I applied for the Robotics program. After graduation, I don't know yet whether I want to continue for Ph.D. but I do know that I don't want a programming job. Some of my considerations (I do not care about the cost or funding issues): Ranking (in terms of robotics, especially in the field of control or AI) Location: Pittsburgh vs Ann Arbor - Which one has more job/internship opportunities? Especially for a foreign student. Research opportunity Quality of graduate school I would like to thank you for any comments.
  5. I am a CS grad and after 4 years of experience I am thinking about pursuing MS. My intention behind MS is purely getting into research and robotics. I plan to learn raspberry pi and quadcopter on my own time first before approaching any professors for RAship. I am targeting a fully funded MS either by TAship or RAship. Please advise.
  6. I am incredibly excited to have been offered admission at CMU and ETH Zurich for MS in Robotics and MS in Robotics, Systems and Control respectively. I am inclined towards computer vision and deep learning. However, I am also inclined to study/research on these topics with a good amount of mathematical rigor. I would not only like to apply these to engineering problems but would also like to come up with new/different approaches through a thorough understanding of topics like probability, linear algebra and optimization. I am interested in exploring different learning strategies - unsupervised learning, supervised learning and RL for vision tasks(possibly on robots). I plan on studying further and possibly doing a PhD but I would like to keep my options open (depending on funding during MS). Below I have listed pros and cons that I could think of. CMU pros Biggest, most well-funded robotics department (Robotics Institute[RI]) and large amount of professors and interdisciplinary work at RI Great opportunity and extremely well integrated system with industry -> large amount of exposure (more than ETH?) If I receive funding from the second semester onwards I will only have to pay for the first semester and therefore no need for a huge loan. People working in my area of interest. CMU cons Would burn a hole in my pocket - annual cost-of-attendance ~65,000 USD Trump and his erratic policies/laws affect immigrant students (i.e. could he stop funding for immigrants, etc.) There is no guaranteed funding+stipend but most students say that 90-95% of MS in Robotics students receive some kind of funding from their advisor after the first semester. So in any case I need to pay the cost-of-attendance for the first semester from my pocket. If I do not get funding, I will have to possibly think of doing a well-paid job to repay the loan (=cost-of-attendance for 2 years). ETH pros The cost of attendance is very low as compared to CMU. annual cost-of-attendance ~20,000 CHF (1 CHF ~ 1 USD) The program is different from usual MS programs and is tutor-driven. It has a very flexible curriculum and will be designed based on my interest and discussion with my mentor/tutor. I think ETH will have a less cut-throat environment as compare to CMU in terms of competition for resources/RA-ship (not sure though) I will be looking for RA but if in case I do not receive funding, I will still be able to manage the expenses here easier than if I go to CMU and not get funding there. ETH cons From what I researched there's not a lot of research in areas of computer vision/deep learning as compared to CMU. They are more inclined towards control and classical robotics, if I am not mistaken. Expensive city. (but still the total cost-of-attendance is much lower than CMU) I had several questions I couldn't find answers to. Are there any chances of a Research Assistantship at ETH that could pay my cost-of-attendance? What are the chances of PhD in well-reputed universities/research groups and job opportunities at both places? From where would it be easier to get a PhD/research post at the lab of my choice after completing MS? Will ETH be stronger on the theoretical basis standpoint and CMU on the practical standpoint respectively? Will there be a balance of both or will one university offer a better balance than the other? I personally have the impression that CMU will focus more on the engineering aspect and how to build solutions and on the other hand, ETH will be deeper into the theoretical aspects and less so into the implementation parts. What are your thoughts? Will the election of Trump affect foreign students in terms of the flow of funding, etc? Or are those things entirely in the hands of the university? Has anyone have had any experiences with ProdigyFinance? Good or Bad? It would be great to know about pros and cons I should consider and have missed (in the above list) or any misconceptions I have about the two universities (from the above). Both being top universities I am finding it extremely difficult to separate the two offers and I would love to hear your thoughts on the same. Thanks.
  7. Help needed with deciding between University of California San Diego (M.S. in Intelligent Systems Robotics and Control) and Johns Hopkins University (M.S. in Robotics). Points I wish to consider: 1. Quality of Education and research opportunities (Robotics field) 2. Financial Help (RA/TA) - Competitiveness and Compensation 3. Job opportunities 4. Location
  8. Hello, I've got admits from the following universities, 1. Arizona State University - Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Electrical Engineering) 2. University of Southern California - Electrical Engineering (Multimedia and Creative Technologies) 3. North Carolina State University - Electrical Engineering (Probably picking Robotics concentration) Need help to finalize University among these, considering overall reputation, the course, Return of interest. Personally, I feel that the USC course may narrow down job opportunities and I can't justify the extra cost for USC. I'm primarily interested to do something related to Controls, ML and Computer vision. I have experience in the field of ADAS/ Autonomous cars, which might be helpful in the Robotics related courses.
  9. I'm a Mechatronics undergrad thinking of applying to the RSC Masters at ETHZ next year, and had a few questions. 1) Anybody know what the admissions statistics are? I already know they're quite high, but it'd help me determine my chances. I tried getting in touch with their admissions department for statistics, but it seems that they don't give them out. 2) Should we reach out to profs with our info (GPA, GRE, research interests) to see if we're a good fit for the program? Wasn't sure if this is appropriate, but I thought it'd be a good way to gauge my chances as well. For reference, my profile is: Mechatronics Engineering Bachelors at top 5 Canadian University GPA 3.9 GRE 170Q/164V/5AW 1 year of work experience 0.5 years of research experience (not in desired field of study though)
  10. Hi everybody! I am currently planning on pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on robotics. While researching schools to apply to, I keep coming back to the same question. How strong is my application? I've listed credentials below and will just let you know right away that my biggest weaknesses in my application are my GPA , Letters of Recommendation, and lack of research experience. Major: Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin GPA: 3.31/4.00 GRE: Quan: 168 (94%) Verb: 159 (83%) AW: 5.0 (92%) LOR: Three professors (Either all three from engineering, or two from engineering and one from business). I'd say they will all be lukewarm letters. Research Experience: None Work Experience: Currently 1 year in manufacturing (unrelated to what I want to study my PhD in) Let me know what you all think! I'm currently looking at schools with grad mechanical engineering programs ranked 40-80. Also, should I consider doing a master's to acquire a better GPA and add research experience? Is it worth paying out of pocket? Thanks!
  11. I am trying to decide between a funded masters in mechanical engineering at MIT or a PhD in Robotics at Georgia Tech (I received a fellowship). Any advice on which would be better for getting an industry job in robotics? I realize I could always do the master's at MIT and continue for my PhD later but I am worried about being successful at MIT based on how difficult it is. It might just be impostor syndrome but I am shocked I even got into MIT and would probably be at the bottom of the intelligence spectrum there.
  12. I am from India and I have taken about 70 courses in my bachelors. Do I have to fill the details about every one of them to complete my masters application? I am applying for Master of Science in Robotics, System and Control.
  13. I have been admitted to CMU Robotics Institute's MSR program and UWashington's CSE PhD program. My area of interest is robotics (in conjunction with NLP + vision + machine learning). And I aspire to pursue a PhD. UW gave me a fellowship, whereas CMU's masters program is unfunded (at least for the first semester). My potential advisor at UW is a top professor in the field and our research interests are well aligned. It seems like UW is the obvious choice. But CMU is the place for robotics. Is it stupid to consider the "Top 4 vs. Non Top 4 schools" factor? I could take the risky path CMU MSR -> reapply for PhD, but I am not sure that's worth it.
  14. I'm very interested in machine learning and its application to the healthcare/medical field. I am also interested in the Robotics program at Hopkins because of its wide array of machine learning research in the medical field. They research a large number of things like medical imaging, uses machine learning for surgical robots, analyzing EMR data, etc. Does anyone know of other universities that have similar medical focus? The ranking is not important. I am just looking for a little bit of a curriculum overlap here and there. Thank you!
  15. I am planning to apply to: NYU Purdue Oregon State University Georgia Tech Washington University UC San Diego For an MS in Mechatronics/Robotics. I am doing a four year program in (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering and have done an elective for Mechatronics where I learned control system basics such as state space modelling and bode plot stability test. I've done a project on stability of a Quadcopter using a PID controller and done a simulation on Simulink/Matlab as a group project. My program focused on the basics of mechanical design and simulation using ANSYS and CATIA. I've also written a paper on Quality control but have not published it. Aside from my enthusiasm/background for this field, I have a 6.8/10.0 CGPA and a GRE score of 318.5 (V - 157 Q - 157 AWA - 4.5). I've been thinking about whether to let go on this field and focus instead on business/MIM instead but I wanted someone's take on my profile. I was originally planning to apply during this year's application window for the Fall semester (sometime in December or January, depending on the school and program.) I am aware there is a lot of room for improvement both in my research experience and GRE scores but can this be managed within a year or two?
  16. Hello all! I'm currently stuck deciding between the Berkeley EE M.Eng and Stanford EE MS. Several factors are: I'm going to be focusing on robotics, control, and signal processing (in that order, with just a focus in robotics if possible) Berkeley gave me a $20,000 scholarship I can take out student loans, but aren't thrilled about it Does a masters of engineering look worse in industry than a masters of science? Does Stanford really have more prestige than Berkeley when it comes to EE industry? Would I be able to make long-lasting professional connections better in one of them? Ultimately, does one have more hireability than the other? Thanks
  17. Hey all! So, I've been accepted to both Stanford and Michigan for EE, specializing in robotics for the Michigan program. I haven't received financial aid from either. So, I have several considerations. It seems like Michigan has a higher-ranked robotics program, but Stanford has that "wow" factor of being Stanford. Do employers in general care more about the school or the ranking? Also, I'm fairly certain I want to do robotics after I graduate, but I'm definitely not 100% certain. Would Stanford offer a more robust education? Stanford's is a 2-year program, whereas Michigan is 1 year. So, potentially pay more to go to Stanford, but I think I can get a TA position easier than in Mich. Is this true? My girlfriend applied for Mich as well, and she'll know by April 1st whether she's in. We're serious, and have been doing long-ish distance (150 miles) for 2 years, and don't want to change to super-long distance. Assuming she gets in, should I choose Mich as well? If she doesn't, I'm leaning towards Stanford, unless you guys can convince me Michigan is better Thank you so much for your advice and help!
  18. I just got admitted to the MSE in ECE with a concentration in Robotics at JHU, I was wondering what is the difference between this program and the MSE in Robotics program there? Will there be any difference concerning access to research opportunities?
  19. I completed my MS in EE on 2016 from NCSU. My thesis and research credits are in robotics and automation. I have extensive research experience in the same field. I am looking into the same sort of research at UCSD, however, want to change to CS dept. I am using my old GRE score taken 3 years ago which was 306, 162 quant and 144 verbal. I also have some short work experiences. I have a good research profile, with one publication and some conference presentations. Also served as an IEEE conference submission reviewer and conference speaker and member in robotics and automation chapters. Also, I have secured top 10 positions in Robotics Video Challenge 2015 worldwide. I have taken some computer science courses online and one certification in algorithms from UCSD through Coursera. My undergraduate was from VTU, India. Also, can someone say how to address those diversity essay questions? GPA undergrad: 3.5 GPA MS: 3.2 I am also attaching my resume here if that helps. AN_Resume.pdf
  20. Hello guys, I need some guidance as I will be applying for Phd programs for 2017 with cool projects but low GPA and no publications. I designed robots, worked on projects for many years. I even started to build things when I was in high school. During my undergraduate, I involved with research, worked as a research assistant at biomedical lab for two years. Then, I did a research internship at one of the finest universities in Turkey about a year. Now, I am pursuing a masters degree on mechatronics and simultaneously working as an r&d engineer at a small startup firm designing robots for handicapped people. I am able to get at least one stellar reference letter from my professors who know me and my projects. I don’t have any publication but I have almost 2 years of research experience. I have a crappy undergrad GPA, 2.70, with no good reason; and my masters GPA is 3.21. I have worked full time while pursuing masters, thats the explanation of 3.21. My GRE score will probably get around 320 - and my TOEFL score will be in 99-105 range) Do you think I have shot at these universities: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Oregon State University San Diego State University (has joint doctoral programs with UCSD - I have no idea how hard is it to get admitted) University of Connecticut These universities have awesome research topics that I want to work on them. I might be able to add 2 or more universities to my list.
  21. Hi, I have been fortunate to get two wonderful offers: Berkeley and UW. I would appreciate any comments about them and advice on where to go. I visited both places, and liked both universities. Both cities seem to be huge tech hubs (Berkeley more so than Seattle, but the latter is great too), have good weather, and look gorgeous. I can see myself doing good work at either place and also living comfortably. For many people, Berkeley would almost look like an obvious choice, but surprisingly I find myself leaning towards UW. I have summarized my reasoning below. Am I shooting myself in the foot? Berkeley has many great researchers in my area, but they are not as accessible as I had imagined. Most top POIs are oversubscribed with 15+ grad students and postdocs. Hence, it would be hard to get face time with them, or I have to compromise and work with junior faculty. On the other hand, UW CSE is expanding at a good pace with great funding. Many top faculty were hired over the past 2-3 years and are in the process of expanding their labs. Sergey Levine joined recently, and the general consensus is that he was the brain behind most of the robotics work at Berkeley over the past 2-3 years. The situation boils down to sub-optimal POI support (either face time or researcher) at a more prestigious place vs ability to work freely with anyone I want at a (slightly?) less prestigious place. Can anyone offer advice on how to navigate this landscape? Is the difference between Berkeley and UW very significant, that too in ML/AI/robotics? I believe both are top 5 schools. Thanks!
  22. Hi All, Im an Electronics and communications engineer . Im planning to do MS in Robotics and Automation in Germany / Canada . So if someone with a MS / Knwoledge regd it could comment , we could go on a personal chat for the detailed discussion regd it Regards, Titus Saju
  23. I have to decide between the MS program in CS at Stanford and MS in Robotics at CMU. I don't know yet whether I want to continue for PhD but I do know that I don't want a programming job after graduation. I have some research background in machine learning and computer vision, and am hoping to do research in grad school as well. I think I have narrowed down the decision to deciding between the following pros of each program, and I am eager to hear your thoughts on which of them have more weight. The main pro of CMU in my case is that there is greater likelihood of getting research experience, and that too in a field of interest (as there are more AI/ML/Robotics faculty and relatively fewer admits) compared to Stanford. Most current students from CMU that I have spoken with got RA positions from the 2nd semester of the program. And the pros of Stanford are the exposure to entrepreneurship and the benefits of a better overall ranked university. Looking forward to hear your suggestions, thanks!
  24. Hi, I am aiming to specialize in robotics. I have an admit from the M. Eng. in Robotics program offered by University of Maryland and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Robotics from Boston University. Some information about each: UMD: 1. It's an M. Eng. program offered by the systems department. 2. It's kind of new, so there isn't much information about the kind of jobs/PhD. acceptances people end up with post the program. 3. It isn't nearly as costly as BU. 4. There's a lot of flexibility in the courses I can chose. 5. Master of Engineering is generally considered to be a level lower than Master of Science (at least research-wise). BU: 1. It's higher ranked (?) 2. The specialization goes hand in hand with an MS in Mechanical program. I don't know if that's better or worse than having a dedicated Masters in robotics. 3. It's really really expensive. I did not get a scholarship. 4. Boston is The place to be for robotics (Right?) 5. Since I'm an international student, Boston might be a little harder to adjust to, as there's no real campus, and no campus-culture. UMD would be easier to make friends and generally settle into. Which do I pick??? Any kind of advice would be great. Am I off on any of these points? What would you do? Where are Robotics job opportunities better? What about PhD opportunities? Okthanksbye!
  25. Hi everyone,I have recently received an email from ETH Zurich that they will offer me a position for their masters course, but I have been informed that they will contact me within six weeks with further details such as conditions. As I need to contact other Universities prior to that, I was wondering if people could share typical conditions they received such as to have an idea what is usually required. The reason for asking is that some Universities have offered me position with the condition of graduating before the start of September, while others ask for a specific grade.I would really appreciate any inside people can give me on this.Thank you in advance
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