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Karthik shivashankar, MSc Electronic Engineering (Euromasters)

Karthik Shivashankar

"Thanks to being recommended by my supervisor and module leader, I secured a placement with a start-up sports technology company where I’ve been an artificial intelligence coordinator for over eight months."

The Electronic Engineering EuroMasters course has been the ideal stepping stone for my future career because I’ve been able to choose my modules, work on an extended project with a strong emphasis on research, and also do a Professional Training placement in industry.

I am particularly interested in AI, smart devices and systems, so most of the modules I chose related to computer vision, robotics and machine learning.

I enjoyed the challenging and analytical aspects of the assignments, most of which were hands-on and programming related. I found some of these really challenging but, having worked on an assignment for days, it was very rewarding and satisfying to finally get it to work.

The academic staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were superb and very knowledgeable about their field. I was lucky to be in an engaging and stimulating class with fellow students who were equally passionate about the subject.

The EuroMasters course also gives you the opportunity to do an industrial placement. Thanks to being recommended by my supervisor and module leader, I secured a placement with a start-up sports technology company called Fantastec where I’ve been an artificial intelligence coordinator for over eight months now. This has given me the opportunity to do mathematical and simulation modelling for a Blockchain-based card collectible game called Fantastec SWAP, and to provide business intelligence and help build a deep learning model. In addition, I was selected to make a presentation at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris as part of its symposium on mobile learning.

My placement has also given me another exciting and unexpected opportunity: meeting the entire Arsenal men’s football team and spend a day shooting with them!

The Surrey campus is one of the best things about the University. During my first year of study I lived University accommodation in Millennium House which is very close to the lake, and I had some of the best times of my life there. I would spend a lot of time with my friends who usually came back to my place after lectures because it was so close by and we had fun cooking Indian food together, skateboarding and sometimes using the swimming pool at Surrey Sports Park.

When I complete my EuroMasters course I’d like to work in an R&D team focused on machine learning technologies, particularly in a company developing AI-based products and smart devices and technologies. Further in the future, I’d love to become an independent product developer in this field.

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