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At its very core, the fundamentals of Robotics looks a lot like discussing the philosophy of life and understanding how we work in terms of mathematical equations.

If this doesn't give you an idea about me, I don't know what else will!

        So here's something about me - As you must have already guessed, I am a denizen of the Milky Way galaxy and am a native of the Solar System living on a planet called Earth. My current center of mass lies approximately at latitude 33.7489° N with the longitude being 84.3881° W. I'm primarily made up of the elements Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen like most living creatures in my vicinity and belong to the class of species called homosapiens.

        Okay, that bit of information was probably useful to you if you lived anywhere more than a lightyear away from me. My name is Shyam Sundar and I graduated with an MS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, USA. Prior to this, I pursued by B. Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. 

        By profession, I am an Electrical and a Software Engineer with a specialization in Robotics, Computer Vision and Control. I often get asked as to what I prefer doing over the other - designing circuits and systems, or writing software. As an innate roboticist, I would deem it crippling if I couldn't design and use software and hardware with equal dexterity. I like to view software and hardware as equally important aspects of a system which are to be carefully crafted and designed to mesh well with each other if we are to expect the system to work flawlessly.

        Away from work, I like to learn and experiment with newer programming languages, packages and libraries, not to mention my Arduino micro-controller kit. Over weekends, I work as an independent software developer from home and develop custom applications from open-source tools for client companies. Working as an independent software developer has been a very rewarding experience. As a engineer, I find it immensely satisfying to see customer-specific applications built from scratch be maintained and used by clients on a regular basis. A particular habit I have developed since my school days is to try and break the code I write using any means at my disposal. While this could get a bit messy at times, rewriting and redesigning entire projects to get robust software out to customers has paid off in the long run.

        Engineering and break-dancing have both been my passion for as long as I can remember. While in the middle of a really good, challenging project, I usually resort to music and dance to keep me fresh and energized to the finish.

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