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A career in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics is much sought after. Melanie Laffin, senior developer at Capgemini, gives us a keen insight on how to successfully break into this career. The right educational qualifications with coding and programming skills are needed. Use of resources, interview format and common interview questions asked are all clearly enunciated. Any aspirant in this industry can use all this information judiciously and achieve a successful invasion into Robotics and Artificial Intelligence field.
Robotics Process Automation involves automation of tasks that a human would do on the computer. Artificial Intelligence, like chat bots and advanced data analytics, is used to solve problems of the user.
A broad definition of Artificial Intelligence is that it is a computational system. It is not a natural system. The computer will perceive its environment and react to that perception. It exhibits signs of intelligence and hence the name Artificial Intelligence or AI.
The primary role of an AI Engineer and his Process Automation Team is to work on a client’s problem and offer an easy automated solution to it with the use of robots.
For example, a client has been doing some work manually which is boring, repetitive and prone to mistakes. The AI engineer and his team automate this task with a robot. This bot is a form of intelligence. Data input and analysis, helps the robot arrive at the solution.
Robots do exactly what they are programmed to do. Therefore, the best thing to do while building a bot is to get requirements from different people in order to program the right data into the robot and tell it what to do. Another useful tip would be to build machine learning models and run them for prediction and enter classification to finesse the output and accuracy of the automated process.
Artificial Intelligence has been touted as the future right from the 1950s when computers started being used. Widespread use of computers at home and in businesses followed in the decades to come.
In reality, it was not computationally or financially feasible to run AI models and things like machine learning and chat bots. These are computationally intensive, and as a result, very expensive. Now, personal computers have become inexpensive. The feasibility and implementation of Artificial Intelligence has increased manifold because of this. Artificial Intelligence is absolutely the future.
If you are a technical person and know programming, it is easy to achieve an entry into this job. Aspirants with good coding skills and a deep understanding of AI and AI problem solving skills, are also always in demand in this field.
People with good managing and execution capabilities like project managers also find it easy to enter this field. The main criteria is to be interested in this field and then develop on this interest.
Certain qualifications like Business degrees, Computer Science degrees, Information Technology degrees, Masters in Information Technology and Information Systems are necessary. Math and Statistics degrees are also very helpful to have. Technical ability and processing logic are also key skills that will help.
There are usually three or four interview rounds. Initially, the recruiter determines your skill set and personality and determines if you fit the role and company. Thereon, they are further interview and interactions with seniors to judge your aptitude.
If you are a fresher, then there is usually an additional round involving case study where you are given a situation and have to provide solutions.
Be passionate about and love your subject. Stay abreast of all the latest developments by reading books, industry journals and attending tech conferences and seminars. Keep learning and keep track of the breakthroughs and actions of persons in this field.