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Controls VS. Communications (EE)

  1. Jul 4, 2014 #1

    perplexabot

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    Hey all. I will get straight to the point. I am about to get into graduate school and I have the option to choose between Controls & Robotics OR Communication & Signal Processing. I am kind of not sure what to pursue, the reason is because I feel if I choose one I will unfortunately lose the opportunity to learn the other. I have just recently become interested in HAM radio, which coincides with "Communication and Signal Processing." But I also loved my controls class I took as an undergraduate (also who doesn't love robotics). I have heard that as a Controls major it would be easier to find a job. I feel Communication and Signal Processing is easier to self study than Controls, if that is the case then I think I should go for Controls, but I am not sure of this...

    What should I consider? Any ideas? Thank you.
     
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  3. Jul 8, 2014 #2
    I'm sorry you are not generating any responses at the moment. Is there any additional information you can share with us? Any new findings?
     
  4. Jul 9, 2014 #3

    donpacino

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    At least at my company there are more communication and signal processing jobs...

    That being said i'm sure there are plenty of jobs in both disciplines. I would go with the field you are more passionate about.
     
  5. Jul 9, 2014 #4

    analogdesign

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    I agree with Don. The fields are pretty different. Which one excites you more? I'm not sure I agree communications is easier for self-study. Once you get beyond the basics the math gets really hairy.
     
  6. Jul 9, 2014 #5

    perplexabot

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    Thank you all for the replies... I haven't decided yet, and I have to choose soon. I'm thinking that Communication and Signal Processing is a larger field, so maybe better for me? Do the two fields overlap at some point?
     
  7. Jul 11, 2014 #6

    DLX

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    There is always some overlap but in this case communications is restricted to electrical/electronic circuitry whereas control is a much more generalized field as control systems cut across branches.
     
  8. Jul 13, 2014 #7

    perplexabot

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    I will go with Controls and Robotics. As DLX pointed out it is a generalized field that can be used to explain (on a more general level) a variety of other fields.

    Also going through the course list for each field kind of helped me out. Thanks again to everyone.
     
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